- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st Edition edition (1 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571238416
- ISBN-13: 978-0571238415
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dawn of the Dumb: Dispatches from the Idiotic Frontline Paperback – 1 Nov 2007
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His talents don't end pouring scorn on Z-list 'celebs' (and A-Y List ones too if they deserve it). If you like your humour blacker than pitch, cynical and served with a side order of general loathing he is also your man. With some of his columns causing uncontrolled public chuckling, Brooker is a genuinely funny writer about a wide variety of subjects (although if you have no interest in contemporary popular culture and specifically TV you might want to give this a miss). He's also an equal opportunity insulter, with anyone and anything considered by him a legitimate target for his laser sharp and withering scorn.
Of course his eternal cynicism or his sense of humour will not appeal to everyone. These things are subjective after all. Equally some of the collected columns and articles are stronger than others. Finally it should be said that Dawn of the Dumb is not really a book to be read from cover to cover in one sitting; it is more the sort of book you dip into whilst on a break from reading something else to have a giggle and find yourself secretly agreeing with Brooker's views on life.
And a highly entertaining, furious rant at the world at large from the superb Mr.Charlie Brooker.
The ~1-2 page format of his articles are perfect for reading on the lav or on short to medium public transport reads.
His writing fuses the chronic overexaderation that Hunter S.Thompson made into a high-rope-esk art form and the irrational, personal rantings of a seriously deranged psychopath that hasn't got his end away in 6 years, with a wit and flair for observation that makes reading his books feel like the most rewarding type of media-demon exorcism.
Buy it, and bask in the reflected anger of one of Britian's most self-superior personalities.
I'm going to try and read it now and see if I can avoid going nuts where the apostrophes are missing. The publisher needs to get it fixed & reissued.
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