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Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books Hardcover – 2 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (2 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439125643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439125649
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2 x 18.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Quirky, erudite and addictively readable'. " -- Elle" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 12 Feb. 2010
By Lawrence W. Meegan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this on NPR while driving home from work Tuesday. Three hours later I owned it. A day later, I finished reading it. Great book and a fun read.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Date Night In 22 April 2010
By Jane - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book to give as a Valentine's Day gift for my husband along with a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. We sat on the sofa nibbling cookies, reading the ads to each other, laughing heartily and embellishing the evocative stories with fanciful details. Very, very fun.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intellectuals need love too 19 April 2010
By A. J. McKee - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the sort of personal ads collection that you could write a book, or at least a short story, about each ad. Where were these guys and gals when I was growing up? They all sound like a scream to know, and probably excellent conversations to be had.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Personal Ads! 11 Mar. 2012
By M. N. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We have all wished at some point that the person we are supposed to be would show up - myself included! For the supremely brave among us, there is the appeal of a personal add. Sexually, I'm more of a Switzerland is a collection of the craziest and most inspiring personal ads placed in the London Review of Books over the years. Actually, it's the second collection but I haven't been able to find a copy of They Call Me Naughty Lola yet.
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books 9 Mar. 2010
By Helen M. Parramore - Published on
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A great collection of Lonely Hearts ads for intellectually oriented heavy readers and breathers who have trouble putting their books down long enough to do it. Oh,If only I lived in London!
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