by Dara Ó BriainNo, no, no. This book actually made me angry. Marketed as an outsider's look at the nuances of national character, this is merely an extremely cynical attempt to cash in on a comedian's popularity, with nothing offered up in exchange.
O'Briain isn’t completely terrible when he tries a bit of Bryson-esque socio-historic analysis, but they are half-hearted and lazy with clear googled research. But what instead makes up the bulk of this book is hastily kept diary of a national tour, where O'Briain notes down some of the ad libs he is particularly smug about.
At some early stage of the book (which I cannot bring myself to pick up again to check the exact content), O’Briain states he once nearly named a tour "You Had To Have Been There", in reference to the challenge of effectively retelling a funny encounter. So why (why? WHY?), does he then write an entire book where he repeatedly tries to do just that? Both baffling and stupid.
The really offensive aspect of this book is how bland and unnecessary it is. To call it awful is a bit strong, but having seen how quick-witted and perceptive O'Briain can be in person just serves to make it apparent how shallow and insipid this is.
|Title||Tickling the English|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
|Author||Dara Ó Briain|
|File size||7.3 Mb|
|Book rating||4.34 (1489 votes)