- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007426798
- ISBN-13: 978-0007426799
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Work! Consume! Die! Paperback – 24 May 2012
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‘It’s impossible to imagine any of the glut of festive titles packing in quite so many gags as this… better than the mix of memoir and stand-up of his debut, My Shit Life So Far.’
‘Caustic and clever…delightfully uncontained – there are no areas into which he will not travel’ The Herald
‘Utterly hilarious and ferociously intelligent…he has launched a one man Jihad against apathy and indifference and in the process has managed to outshine most of what is published today.’ Entertainment.ie
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"I got into comedy because I loved watching comedy as a child. I later discovered that's a bit like loving burgers as a child and deciding to become a cow"
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firstly there are surreal short stories apparently based on the author's life. These are very inventive, satirical, and dark. They generally paint a portrait of the writer as a drug-addled, envious, celebrity-hating sociopath. I'd like to see Frankie Boyle write more short stories based on these samples.
Then there are sections where the Boyle gives seemingly straightforward criticisms of aspects of society, and how people kid themselves.. I find these sections extremely refreshing, both in their honesty, and in their harsh indictment of the consumer based culture we have. Boyle has the gift of being funny even whilst he is preaching from the pulpit. These were my favourite parts of the book, but also, sadly, the shortest.
The majority of the book, and the one that I expect will play to Boyle's largest fanbase, are the long sections of risque jokes about celebrities and politics and so on. Pretty much typical stand up routine stuff, about how fat James Corden is, or how Jordan has fake breasts, just a bit riskier jokes. I understand that parts of W!C!D! are culled from the author's Sun columns. I haven't read these columns, but I am guessing that these are those parts. The gags are pretty funny, and even if you don't like a few, they come so thick and fast, that there's bound to be a funnier one coming up in a few sentences time.
The uneasy feeling that I got from all this was the contradiction between the parts of the book. Frankie Boyle obviously sees himself as the heir to Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce: a comedian who tells it like it is about our sick, celebrity obsessed culture.Read more ›
Frankie lays waste, in typical Frankie Boyle fashion, to the banality of existence through a series of hilarious vignettes on popular culture, politics and world affairs. One gets the sense of Boyle as a latter day Oscar Wilde; had Wilde been straight, foul mouthed, Scottish and a world weary harbinger of a doomed future.
In a culture so marred with demogogues trying to manipulate our worldview, in the most superficial and mundane way possible, Frankie emerges as somewhat of a comic 'Christ' figure or 'Neo'; showing us how far the rabbit hole really goes.
Conversely, if you read and enjoy the Daily Mail and write letters to Ofcom, which complain about the profane vernacular of BBC panel shows, then reading this book will make your head explode, whilst simultaneously smashing you through the space-time continuum.
Not every joke lands, but most of them do.
Frankie is one of the funniest comedians in the UK, which is probably why he's not allowed on television any more.
As ever he pushes boundaries, this isn't what I'd call a 'family' book, but perhaps it should be as an antidote to the insular, nanny state where caution and risk adversity reign supreme.
Frankie writes well and has the ability to cover hilariously vast areas of low culture. I would not recommend reading it in one sitting as you soon develop 'joke fatigue', which does the quality of jokes a disservice. I found particularly funny and interesting the chapters on sport and technology, they are near the end of the book and there is some gold in there which is worth finishing the book for alone.
I read somewhere he is concentrating on his writing now he has retired from stand-up. In some ways this is disappointing as the best stuff here is the pithy allusion or metaphor. Ironically, it is our low-brow quick-fix culture which he so brilliantly punctures which is also the form of culture which has allowed him to become such a huge success and what he seems best at engaging with.
I often find those bits too much, and feel that he sometimes uses the 'I can't believe he wrote that' reaction as an easy laugh. Though he does say he believes that laughing about things takes the sting out of them, cuts them down to size. And then, later, much to his credit, wonders whether laughing about something is a cowardly way to avoid doing something about it, so that we should only joke about things we can't change. Like... disabilities. That's our Frankie.
And when he's being genuine like that you gotta love him. He often seems to end chapters on a passionate note. Not as downbeat as the title might suggest, nor as flippant.
A lot of the names he mentions in his rants on popular culture are unfamiliar to me. I guess he doesn't have much of a following outside the UK, so he didn't have Australia (for instance) much in mind. I found it pretty funny even without knowing the people, though I did eventually skim just a little bit. I may have given it more than four stars if I were British.
There's also an interesting idea (i.e. I don't think I got it) for a TV show woven into the start of some of the chapters, a surreal kind of parable and some day-to-day Frankie snippets. All very readable.
Frankie, why do you hide behind the yucky stuff? Let us love you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant and wicked book. Love frankie and his evil humour. Want some more please!!
Scottish humour at its shocking best
I didn't like the fantasy story that much and didn't really see the point of it. The rest of it is quite tiring to read, as it reads like separate lines (I imagined each being... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms. IM Burton