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A nice little read, but lacking the spark of "Facts and Fancies",
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I love Armando Iannucci. There's not a single thing this man has been involved in that I've not enjoyed on some level. He's a genius, yet he doesn't seem aware of it, which makes him quite an endearing character.
His 1st book, "Facts and Fancies", is one of my "go to" books when I've exhausted all unread books, and want something I know will deliver. To say I was excited about this book would be an understatement.
And it IS a good book. Whereas F&F was a chapter-chapter-chapter affair, this is very much a brain dump - some "bits" are 3 or 4 lines, some several pages long. Some of it is genius, some just misses the mark (for me). F&F latched onto absurd premises, took it and ran it until the original idea seemed plausible (such as the mathematical formula for nursery rhymes), whereas this book doesn't let each idea flourish in the same way. Which is a shame, but then perhaps they wouldn't work the same way had Iannucci expanded the concepts and taken a flight of fancy with them. Also, in fairness to Iannucci - he's already written that book, and this is a different book, meaning that just doing the same thing again probably wasn't the spark of what he wanted to achieve.
But it IS a good book. The above paragraph sounds so negative, but it really is a good book. If you appreciate Iannucci's more surreal works (his show for example), you'll definitely enjoy this, and annoy the heck out of whoever is sat nearby with chuckles of delight.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2009 11:24:29 BDT
W. Paynter says:
Monkey tennis? Youth-hostelling with Chris Eubank? Tesco Robots?
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2009 20:46:52 BDT
N. Danson says:
I'm not sure what you're saying?
I'm assuming that you think that "F&F latched onto absurd premises, took it and ran it until the original idea seemed plausible (such as the mathematical formula for nursery rhymes), whereas this book doesn't let each idea flourish in the same way" Is unfair? Which it may be. I don't know - it's only my opinion, and should only be read for what it's worth.
I've lived with F&F for years, and perhaps its that thing of you want something new, but when it arrives you don't like it because its different (although I did like the book - hence the 4/5 review and final paragraph stating I liked it).
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2009 15:53:27 BDT
So if you were to buy one, you'd go with F&F?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2009 17:51:19 BDT
N. Danson says:
If I was going to buy **only** one - then yes I prefer Facts and Fancies. But if you enjoy that then you should definitely buy this too.
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