Greeting the 500 Paperback – 20 Jul 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
A fools errand? Perhaps, but Jules' account of his attempt to win a drunken pub bet to shake the hands of 100 or more of 500 famous Brits makes for a fine read. Jules' writing style is very easy going and I read the book in under 2 days. There are numerous funny moments in the book which will make you chuckle as you race to the end and find out whether he wins the bet (or whether he has to face his fears and ride Britain's highest roller coaster).
It is worth reading for Will Self's rejection letter alone.
Four stars from me (one star taken off for the shocking abundance of typos).
I wondered to myself, "Just how bad can this become?" and I read it to the end to make my judgement objectively.
The answer? Awful.
A great premise, with the possibility of an entertaining plot. But it's completely ruined by Segal's irritating writing style. He seems to find it necessary to throw gags and puns in practically every sentence. A bit like the chap in the office that has a punchline for every occasion, this is a world away from genuine wit.
Segal can't take all the blame for this - his publisher must have had the quality control level set particularly low, perhaps with an eye for the Dave Gorman/Tony Hawks/Danny Wallace market. But the difference between these three and Jules Segal is that they can actually write humour that reaches its target.
Glad to see that he didnt let me down and actually made it all sound even funnier. An ideal buy for anyone who is fascinated by the present day Celebrity Culture. And wants to laugh at it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a mildly amusing tale as Jules goes around meeting some famous and not so famous people.Published 5 months ago by RK
Tony Hawkes, Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace have a lot to answer for. Between them they developed the 'bar bet' into a literary form, taking one silly bet and expanding on it in a... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2010 by R. Lowther
while hardly being a wheighty tome that Dostoyevsky or Dickens might have written - and im sure Jules himself would admit to that - I did nevertheless find this book to be great... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2007 by greg lowery