- Publisher: Canongate; 1st Edition edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060554738
- ISBN-13: 978-0060554736
- ASIN: B0072AVF14
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,811,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Game : Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists Hardcover – 2005
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Strauss employs basic psychological and sociological principles to enhance the successfulness of meeting partners of the opposite sex (all in the book are female, but there is no comment on whether this would work with males).
In one way, this could be interpreted as misogynistic, sexist and manipulative to possibly vulnerable women. In another light, I got the sense that Strauss wanted shyer/ less confident men to have the confidence to speak to women and feel acceptance.
In light of how the book concludes, my potentially-naive view is that Strauss wasn't writing this book with a view to convince hoards of men to be serial 'one-night-stand-players' but to get them to realise that they are all they need to be, rich or poor, however they appear and that with a little thinking behind their approach, they can simply create a better environment for meeting potential partners.
Strauss also hints throughout the book that sleeping around isn't always fulfilling or what it's hyped up to be and positions himself in a strong place to authentically challenge the stereotypical male view that the correlation between amount of sexual partners and 'manliness' is not necessarily a positive upward curve.
So overall, despite being a bit of a tedious, slightly irritating, yet intriguing book, I like the idea that his logical/scientific/set approach may appeal to some who struggle with confidence, but leaves the reader with a clear perspective that seducing multiple humans may seem great, but it's rather like craving a packet of crisps; great while it lasted, but the crisps finish and leave you feeling pretty empty quite quickly, plant some potatoes though...
Usually, it takes me a long time to read a book. I can't skim read and instead read every single word in a book, often repeating whole pages when my mind wanders or I lose concentration. With this, I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in a few days, most of which was on a flight from New Zealand to the UK.
Whilst the book is laugh-out-loud funny, it is also extremely interesting. I find myself thinking back to some of the techniques pointed out in the book when I observe people chatting each other up when out in a bar. You can see people acting in the same way as these pickup artists without even knowing that they are doing it.
I think I've now bought about 4 copies and given them to friends for various reasons, I thought it was that good. Personally I would never actually put any of these things into practice as it's really not me but as an interesting and funny read it can't be faulted.
The book encourages men to look at women as "targets", what do they think they are, an animal to be hunted and shot? The book will encourage you to become a robot, act unnaturally, lie, deceive and put women down ("neg") just to get them into bed. Many other reviews say "Oh, well it will help you with confidence...", but there is a problem with the way it does this. It encourages you to not act naturally, memorize lines, deceive and act in any way possible to get the "target". It instills bad habits into you! How can you have a healthy relationship with a woman if you think this way? It's built on a foundation of lies, think about it, do you like it if your friends lie, trick and deceive you? Do these kind of friendships last long?
The characters Mystery (suicidal maniac), Tyler Durden (Psychopathic), Ross Jeffries (Confused with a child's mindset) and many of the other PUA's are clearly unstable, incomplete people with many of their own problems which they aren't able to overcome, their overall lifestyle is incomplete and they clearly aren't successful in their life overall.
A particularly disturbing part was on page 350 "If a woman has been married three years or more, you come to learn that she's usually easier to sleep with than a single woman", and Mr Strauss wants to be a father one day (and presumably get married). I wonder how his relationship will last with that kind of mindset. Are you the kind of guy who believes all women are like this? The book portrays all women to be sluts, who if you persist and use enough tricks you can get into bed. Now, think about it, is this realistic?Read more ›
NLP may help create a more positive mind set and magic tricks may fascinate but there is nothing here that the average 20 year old hasn't already worked out for themselves via chance or observation.
Neil's amazing pick up routines in Vegas and Hollywood could equally be seen in effect in just about any Surrey village pub on a Saturday night - but somehow or other, he tells the story as if this was something unique to him and his friends. Something that they had discovered. There's no acknowledgement that this has been going on since sex began!
The concept of the 'Neg' is stuff you discover when you are 13 going on 14 in the school playground. It's telling that this is something 'new' to people in Hollywood in their 30's. Frankly I was suprised this was presented as being such a new concept and revelation.
The book is written in an easy to read comfortable style and has some memorable sentances i.e. "The first time I saw her she was having a SH*T." Which make your jaw drop, but by and large this work is a little depressing - linking the process of picking up women directly to commerce and bypassing romance and affection altogether.
To be fair, I think that was the author's point.
This is not a handbook for how to do it - its a warning that you sell your soul if you take this robotic route.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book has changed the way i see things when im out belive me once you start reading you will not put it down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Althoug this is a very funny and easy book to read, it gives as well something to think about and some nice tips if you want to pick up girls :). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Like many others, I had been into the subject for a few years when this came out after lots of hype, and I enjoyed it for what it is.Published 1 month ago by Too Little Time
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Some great insights on attracting women, dating, and life in general. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer