Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books Hardcover – 2 Feb 2010
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'Quirky, erudite and addictively readable'. " -- Elle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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David Rose works at the New York office of the LRB and divides his time between New York, Liverpool and California.
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The book is a compilation of personal ads that appeared in the London Review of Books. David Rose, edited the LRB personals and this book.
The ads are mostly brief, like poetry, haiku. So few words, so much meaning nestled in there.
The NPR interview hinted that the writers were pathetic people. I don't think it's necessarily so. Some are brutally honest about themselves, their life, and their prospects. And they can see the humor in it.
I think you'll enjoy it.
These are not the typical personal ads with a simple searching for message.
WLTM man to 45 who enjoys a walk on the beach - this will not be found here.
What you will find is the most normal (and crazy) readers of the London Review of Books placing all of their feelings on the table. Take it or leave it, at least these people are being honest.
My favourite section of the book was entitled "You know who you are." A product of failed past personal adverts, these people were a lot clearer about who they did not want to contact them. The utter insanity of it all will have you laughing out loud wherever you are when reading this book. In my case, I had made the unfortunate decision to start this while waiting on a bench for friends to arrive. They found me giggling manically and generally scaring off children, but utterly delighted with my latest find.
This is certainly a short book, but it falls under the category of reality being stranger than fiction. Maybe it will inspire you to put yourself out there - who knows that the result may be!