Mr Commitment Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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Her: "What if I told you I didn't love you any more?" Me: "I wouldn't believe you." Her: "But you wouldn't ever give up trying?" Me: "Nah. Some things you can't give up on, can you?"Mike Gayle became the popular prince of romantic comedy overnight with his first bestselling novel My Legendary Girlfriend. With Mr Commitment he's back with a tale of the modern male that delivers its punchlines directly to the heart.
The world of aspiring stand-up comic Benjamin Dominic Duffy is shaken to its uncertain foundations when his adored girlfriend Mel revokes her previously held opinion of marriage as "an outmoded concept created by a patriarchal society to keep women in their place" and, on bent knee, proposes to him. Mel, "a living, breathing, moving version of Chrissie Hynde singing "Brass in Pocket"," is the girl of his dreams--but Duffy's dilemma is that marriage is still his worst nightmare. Dan, his best friend, flatmate and fellow bath-dodger counsels him to retain The Ways of the Bachelor, while Mel's best friend Julie--known as Nosferatu due to her bloodless dislike of all things Duffy--urges her to rebuff his increasingly desperate attempts to regain her affections. When a blissful reunion is sabotaged by domestic rites of passage through IKEA, Duffy resolves to "become a bachelor boy like Dan--a superstud of seduction, a he-who-will-never-again-come- off-worse-with-the-chicks, a righteous dude committed to anything but commitment." But when even TV's Hottest Totty media-babe Alexa Wells cannot help him become a success as a stand- up--in more ways than one--Duffy begins to wonder if he's given up all for nothing.
Gayle has an eye for the soulful romance and wry comedy in the utterly ordinary, and Mr Commitment marries heartfulness and hilarity with a yearning that stops comfortably short of the sentimental. --Rachel Holmes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for MR COMMITMENT
Something near to mid-period Woody Allen...a delicate blend of realism and whimsy...funny and clever...refreshing to find a male writer working in this genre (Guardian on MR COMMITMENT)
Told in an easy, chatty style..the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could' (Express)
'Something near to mid-period Woody Allen...a delicate blend of realism and whimsy...funny and clever...refreshing to find a male writer working in this genre'
'Told in an easy, chatty style...the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could'
Comic...fizzy. Here comes the male Bridget Jones (Mirror on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)
Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)
'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus meets Men Behaving Badly'
'Funny, sharply observed and right in tune with ageing adolescents clinging
desperately to the wreckage of their youth. This is a winner'
Yorkshire Evening Post
'Uputdownable...coloured with cool, rueful wit'
'Would you swap your fridge full of beer and an eclectic record collection for trips to Ikea and a series of dull dinner parties? Would you hell!'
Pick of the Week, Marie Claire
'Gayle's book has the ability to touch the parts other books fail to reach...the funny bits will make you laugh out loud while the beautiful moments will make you remember all those you've loved before...Unmissable'
'Incredibly successful...it's so rare to find a man writing easy-reading books about relationships'
The Oxford Times
'A soulful romance and wry comedy that stops comfortably short of the sentimental' Birmingham Evening Mail See all Product Description
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Very bad experience, I was bored like hell and couldnt wait to finish this book. Sorry about that. The other book was brilliant! (brand new friend)
Ill give this to a charity shop.
This book had me cringing from page one onwards. It says nothing of substance, has no insight and certainly is not funny at all. I came a way from this book feeling that the author was more interested in trying to paint a picture of himself as somekind of heroic 'new man' than actually telling a decent story.I'm afraid that to me his attempts to do this seemed insincere and hollow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sweet, light hearted, amusing and true to life. We all go through that stage which so clearly described in the book. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Bubble
I didn't think it would be possible for a man to write a good romance, especially as it's written from the man's point of view, but Mike Gayle has accomplished it. Read morePublished on 15 July 2012 by misty
So I'm not a big fan of male indecisiveness, but I must say that this book made me feel for the main male character and understand his mentality. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2012 by millyem
I have to disagree with the other reviewers! I have only read one other book by Gayle (HIs 'n' Hers) and I found it much better than Mr Commitment. Read morePublished on 19 May 2006 by Sarah Durston
That is the first word that came to my mind as I finished Mike Gayle's `MR. COMMITMENT'. I never imagined that I would describe a chick-lit novel written by a man as being... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2005 by DevJohn01
I have picked up this book while on holiday in Corfu form the library by the pool and from the first few pages, I just couldn't put it down! I have finished it in two days. Read morePublished on 28 July 2004 by M Frega