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Dave Gorman Vs the Rest of the World Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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"There's a warm humanity to the book, built on the camraderie of strangers united in gamesmanship" (Chortle)
"A hugely entertaining book ... I definitely recommend it" (Curiousbookfans.co.uk)
Bestselling author and comedian Dave Gorman is back and he wants to challenge you to a gameSee all Product description
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After finding idle time between arriving at his destination and his gigs, Gorman decided to ask the people of Twitter is they would like to play a game (not computer games). The replies were numerous and led to many new adventures all tracked in this book. Unlike in previous Gorman books the task of playing games is looser and is really an excuse for Gorman to meet new people and make witty remarks on what he finds. He is a master of doing just this. His observational comedy is warm and very amusing. He is also able to structure some great humour; a joke can bubble along for chapters and pop up again with great hilarity.
The one issue with the book is that is lacks structure. Gorman admits that he never planned to go on adventures in gaming and the book feels like this. A series of essays could have worked, or creating a `lad bet' e.g. I will win 100 games before The World. Instead this is a book caught between two stools. Thankfully, these are stools found in the type of pub that you are unlikely to be head-butted in. A very funny amble through Gorman's life.
This latest escapade starts with Dave filling in a bit of time when he regularly finds him self at a lose end and develops into journey to play a mixture of familiar and not so familiar games, mostly with people he has had never met before. It has been written more as a diary of these events with a brief description of the different games he has played. He mainly concentrates on the people he meets, the circumstances surrounding the games being played and his thoughts on the actual games played and the people who he's playing these games with.
It is extremely well written, very funny and an enjoyable and easy read with some sections which you will find surprising. By the way the Bowling voucher is only useful as a book mark and little else.
I finally decided to go for it and spent the mega bucks required.
Very glad i did too. I enjoyed reading this book very much.
Several reviewers have said it's not his best. Well if this is Dave not at his best i'm in for a treat with all his other books.
A book with a very easy to read style that made you want to keep on reading.
The only reason i have given it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the page notes were at the end of the chapter rather than at the bottom of the page as in a normal paperback.
This ment that by the time i got to the notes i had forgotten what they related to.
I enjoyed this book, but I felt overall there was something lacking...almost like an excitement or enthusiasm that was evident in his previous work.
I personally didn't find it particuarly gripping. It was enjoyable, and has some lovely stories in, but I find it hard to really rave about it, when I can describe it best as "nice".
Overall, however, I would reccomend this book.
Like all his other books it's funny and endearing, never mocking of the people he meets and always duly respectful. This one towards the end, descends to a slightly darker note ("When Meeting The Public Goes Bad!!") and shows a little more humility than we are used to but is all the better for it.
Dave Gorman's best book of this type in my opinion.
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