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The Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations Paperback – 12 May 2011
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An uproarious and brilliant story of friendship, alcoholism and itinerancy, penned by an adorably self-obsessed, if slightly autistic, attention-seeker. (Milo Yiannopoulos WIRED.CO.UK)
The bizarre but true story of what happens when you stop worrying about where you live and start concentrating on how you live.See all Product description
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Carr's writing style is egocentric, but that is how he writes. Complaining about it is like complaining about the way Shakespeare writing is "all old and stuff".
Read Carr's first book (it is better), as this one follows on from it.
Always a bit of a chinese meal with these type of books... starts great and you go through the early-relationship euphoria.. then by the time the book is over you're ready for it to be over.
PS: POSSIBLE SPOILER - There is a more serious subtext about how a problem can sneak up on you
Paul Carr has a sharp eye and a sharp wit, and he knows how to deliver a story. Sure as other reviewers have said there are plenty of ‘I woke up hung-over without recollection of the night before…’ moments but they are part of the story and balance the outrageous antics that are remembered. On the strength of this book I bought another of Paul’s books ‘Bringing Nothing To The Party’ which some have said is better, and it promises to be equally entertaining.
I don’t know if I would like Paul Carr, but I’d like to spend a (sober) evening in his company to find out. ‘Upgrade’ is good fun I recommend it.
If you have stayed in hotels around the world you can relate to the journey Paul had.
I did get a little tiered of hearing about his drinking habits and effects, but in the end there is a surprising twist!
All in all I found it a good read
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When I started reading the upgrade I found the chapters, or little stories, quite amusing.Read more