Title: Happyslapped by a Jellyfish
Author: Karl Pilkington
Page Count: 224
If you’ve heard of Karl Pilkington before then you probably know what to expect. He’s the daft northerner that you may already know and love from the Ricky Gervais Show as well as An Idiot Abroad. Here, we basically have his journal entries from various holidays along with a few extra little goodies, like graphic novel style illustrations of his stories or little poems that he wrote.
It was entertaining enough, but it also got a little repetitive over time. I like Pilkington’s humour, but in some ways it’s also kind of formulaic, and so I think this book was just the right length and that if it had been 100 pages longer, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Still, I’m glad that I picked it up, and there were a few bits here and there that did make me laugh out loud. I just don’t think I’d read it again.
It’s also a little bit like Bill Bryon’s Neither Here Nor There in which it makes travelling sound kind of…well, terrible. It’s fine if the humour comes across, which it does here, but it was just about starting to grate on me when I reached the end. So yeah.