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Work! Consume! Die! Audio Download – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
Overall a pretty entertaining read, Work! Consume! Die, has three recurring sections:

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.
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A fair account of a man contemplating suicide in an absurd world, but being too sociopathic to get the job done. A great antidote to reality and welcome return from one of the most important comics of his generation!

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.
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If you think the world around you is absurd and just plain wrong, then this nihilistic-existentialist book provides a welcome catharsis to your hellish existence.

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.
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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 delivered by Frankie live) - hilarious as he always is! - clumped together into paragraphs, without any real kind of narrative flow.

The quotes were really interesting and have inspired me to future reading. Frankie's clearly a very clever man, and I agree with his assertion that nothing should be off limits in comedy. If you don't like it - switch off the telly or put down the book.

To sum up - I liked much of what's in this book, but I found it an exhausting read.
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Like everyone else who bought this book, I am a big fan of Frankie Boyle. However, the book was disappointing.

It is made up of two components. The first is topical one-liners which are no longer topical and, without Frankie's delivery, just come across as flat insults. The other component is a twisted story that seems to try to copy Irvine Welsh badly.

If people want to read something dark, real, disgusting, Scottish and funny they should just read an Irvine Welsh book instead.

I really wanted to finish it as I am a fan but the book just didn't seem to have a point to it.
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When I first picked up this book in the shop, I could not tell by the back cover or the sleeve what it really was about, I soon discovered it is because there is no coherent structure to the whole book. It's a mixture of acerbic jokes, surreal journeys into a celebrity fantasy, and intellectual rants. I liked all three but would say only the first category is the only one he really pulls off with aplomb. To be fair, the other two are not developed fully enough to be properly judged and seemed more like starters to fuller ideas on the subjects.

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.
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