Tag: Genius

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides | Review

Title: The Virgin Suicides

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 250

Rating: 5/5

This book caught me off guard, because I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near as good as it actually was. I’d heard a few good things about Eugenides and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen the movie based on this as well, although it was years ago and so I didn’t really remember it.

I’m glad of that, because for me, the real genius in this book is in the writing. Eugenides has this prose style that really just made me want to keep on devouring this book, and in a way it reminded me of Stoner by John Williams in the way that he could have been writing about literally anything and it would have still been a pleasure to read it.

I guess if I had to categorise it, I’d call this literary horror, and I think that’s a good thing. It might not be for everyone, and I’ve seen a lot of people particularly hating upon Middlesex because of the way he writes. Maybe he writes differently in that book, I don’t know.

All in all then, I was pretty impressed by this one and it’s already made me interested in seeing what else Eugenides has written. Although knowing my luck, it’ll turn out that he’s done something terrible and controversial and everyone will try to cancel me for enjoying his book. But it was good.

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Karl Pilkington – The World of Karl Pilkington | Review

Title: The World of Karl Pilkington

Author: Karl Pilkington

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating: 4*/5

 

Karl Pilkington - The World of Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington – The World of Karl Pilkington

 

It’s very rare that a book actually makes me laugh out loud, not just once but repeatedly. This one did it, even though it’s basically just a transcript of The Ricky Gervais Show podcast featuring Karl Pilkington, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais. That meant that I was already familiar with a bunch of the jokes, if you can call them that, inside of it, but it still made me laugh even though in some cases it’s the third of fourth time I’ve heard them.

But can you call them jokes? No, not really. It’s more like comic dialogue, except it’s unscripted and accidentally genius. Or perhaps it’s total idiocy, it’s always difficult to tell with Karl. Here, we get to see the best of the best, from Monkey News to Karl’s thoughts on controlling the earth’s ever-growing population. It’s pretty typical of Pilkington and the sense of humour that this book appeals to that when he said he’d invented a watch that tells you how long you have left until you die and Gervais asked him how it works, he said, “You just strap it to your wrist.”

All in all then, this was pretty fun, but it’s mostly good for giggles. Works for me.

 

Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington

 

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