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What Am I Still Doing Here?: My Life as Me Paperback – 10 May 2012
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Nothing funnier or wiser has been published all year. (Daily Mail)
Superb, splenetic, self-lacerating, hilarious and heartrendering. (Gyles Brandreth)
Uproariously funny, tremendously clever and irresistibly lovable. (Rupert Christiansen)
The jokes come thick and fast. (Express)
A liberating, life-affirming read. (Independent)
Enormously entertaining (Evening Standard)
Wonderfully funny (The Spectator)
'Unremittingly glorious. I and the world demand more and we shall thump our tin mugs on the table demanding it until we are satisfied.' (Stephen Fry)
There is only one writer alive today who is as mordantly funny as Kingsley Amis, as acute about human misery as Philip Larkin, and as brilliant in skewering pretension and vanity as both. His name is Roger Lewis... Nothing funnier or wise has been published all year. If you love someone buy them this book. If they don't appreciate the gift then purge them from your life. (Michael Gove, Mail on Sunday)
'Uproariously funny, tremendously clever and irresistibly lovable' (Rupert Christiansen, Mail on Sunday)
'Roger Lewis's new memoir takes us on an anarchic rollercoaster ride through what is probably the nearest thing to an autobiography he will ever write. Numerous hilarious routines jostle in the pages for attention. Lewis's strength is that behind all his acrobatics there is a richly stocked intellect at the controls. Stylistically he is ultramodern, a deracinated 'everyman; for the 21st century. (Duncan Fallowell, Telegraph)
'The funniest book of the year. What Am I Still Doing Here? by Roger Lewis is a wonderfully splenetic journal - part-diary, part-diatribe - by a man who rages with an indignant eloquence against the modern world. But Lewis' furious rants are never far from hilarity, and his anger is redeemed by flashes of pur poetry. Like all the best comics, Lewis is a disappointed optimist rather than an outright cynic, and it's this thwarted idealism which makes this such a liberating, life-affirming read.' (Independent)
'The jokes come thick and fast, the humour runs deep and dark. Among the belly laughs, Roger Lewis gifts us plenty of thought-provoking diamonds.' (Graham Ball, Sunday Express)
He can be lethally catty and he also has an unfailingly sharp eye for absurdity. He is wonderfully funny, with a uniquely skewed take on the world.' (John Preston, Spectator)
'There's nobody else in the history of the world who is simultaneously as crude and dangerous or so gentle and poetic... Lewis, with his original and eloquent voice is nothing less than heroic.' (Esquire)
'Lewis is a marvellously wayward spirit, as well-versed in lavatory humour as in the classics, capable of taking in the gutter and the stars at a single glance.' 5* (The Lady)
'Enormously entertaining... It is generous, sincere and intelligent, and shows that Lewis is more than just the angry buffoon he paints himself as.' (Evening Standard)
What Am I Still Doing Here? by Roger Lewis is one of those reads that is full of grumpy, thunderous, brilliantly funny observations (Robert Bathurst, star of Downton Abbey, Daily Express)
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Life with Our Rog must be hell on earth, but at a distance he's hilarious.
pointed out that Roger was brought up in the Welsh valleys in the early
1960s. The way he writes about those times and places was very interesting
to me. I can just about remember my Edwardian grandparents in
Swansea etc. Roger seems constantly suprised to find himself living in today's current times.
The juxtoposition of then and now sets the whole tone for the book.
Let me select a fairly random line:'The radiographer said my liver was 'fatty' to which I was tempted to reply "and you're an ugly tw@t..up the b@m and no babies to you." Characteristic Lewis misogynism, but is it even funny?
Here's another excerpt: 'If I said I was Oscar's pre-op lesbian, transgender, one-legged, black, vegan, Mohammedan asylum-seeker, no doubt all doors would immediately be opened' (you don't really need to know the context). Even to those of the political bent to nod their head in agreement to this sort of tedious claptrap, is it actually humorous?
Well, I don't know. Some like Clarkson too. I will say no more. If you really think your elderly male relative needs a hardback full of whining self-pity, fatuousness and bigotry, then go ahead and make his Christmas. But you'll find the contents of a Christmas cracker cheaper, shorter and, above all, funnier.
the theatre and poitical world, Mr Lewis is not afraid to trample on some highly over-groomed
toes. A witty and comical riot of well tuned words.
Ít left me with a slightly sad feeling for the author, perhaps that is due to influence by the title of the book . Easily and best read in chunks.
As I am a "colonial...." British person,with a modified British sense of humour,it was not my favourite cup of tea, but fun nevertheless.