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One of the worst books I have ever read.
on 15 July 2011
I hated this, I hate the writing style, I hate the content and I hate that I wasted even a small part of my life on this utter rubbish!
The reviews of this book, included in the version I have, describe it as "humorous, clever and funny" but it is none of these things, they also describe it as "surreal and weird" which is at least true if not very helpful.
The author seems to think verbosity is the same as wit, he stretches sentences on and on as if you should marvel at his ability to string words together in a coherent order.
In the first chapter there is a little wit as we meet Valentine and his parents but even this is spoiled by pretension.
The author deliberately uses an archaic word, contumacious, and even suggests you look it up in the dictionary, that is a bit pretentious but harmless. The problem is if you are going to do that then the rest of your prose needs to be perfect otherwise it goes from a little pretentious to completely pretentious with a dollop of stupidity mixed in and within a few pages there are mistakes, these are mistakes that would be ignored normally as simple editing errors but after telling his reader to go use a dictionary these mistakes make the comment seem arrogant since clearly the author was too lazy to use his own dictionary.
After chapter one there is no more humour, none.
The next chapters can be defined by the whining that is done, there is the one that whines about western news, the one that whines about western consumer culture, the one that whines about religion, and so on ...
The book is weird and surreal but anyone can be weird and surreal; just ask someone to describe their dreams to you.
There is some cut-price spiritual nonsense mixed in with the whining to try and give the book a veneer of depth.
I have rarely hated a book this much.
I got it for free and I still feel ripped off.