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It Takes a Certain Sense of Humor, I Guess
on January 21, 2012
I can't help it but roll my eyes when I read some reviews of this book. People are so offended by the entire thing, namely with Tucker Max.
I'm so sorry.
Were you expecting depth? A thoughtful, sensitive protagonist, perhaps? You honestly thought you'd get that out of a book entitled A******s Finish First? By a guy who is the self-admitted King of all Debauchery?
Okay. I'm done laughing now, I promise.
But I mean, really.
While Tucker Max is a grade A jerk, he is something much more than that: he is an intelligent, well-educated, and eloquent grade A jerk... which makes him much more dangerous. This guy knows his stuff, unfortunately. And he knows he knows it. And he knows you know he knows it... which makes for some pretty quality, arrogant-as-ever debauchery, in my opinion. (Tucker was a law school student who went to UChicago for undergrad and Duke for law... something he mentions quite a bit to show that, yes, he's better than the rest of us... debatable.)
Not only is Tucker an extremely witty individual with a natural ability for brutal, mean-spirited honesty, but that combined with his intelligence (yes, intelligence. He is a very intelligent individual, education-wise) makes his narrative all the more interesting to read. No, the subject matter is not profound. All of his stories consist of some cocktail of drunken depravity, sexual escapades and mishaps, and the subsequent property destruction.
Another thing that I didn't expect to see in this book: Tucker's humanity. I kid you not. It's there, especially towards the end of the book. Maybe he's realizing that he's getting old and he is a long way from being able to have a family or raise kids at the rate he's going. Maybe he's trying to justify his actions somehow. Or maybe he's just tired of all the stuff he's done in his life and wants a change of pace, for once (doubtful). I got the impression that that is something Mr. Max is unsure about: his future. If you can wade through all the self-idolatry and the "I AM TUCKER MAX!!"es sprinkled throughout the book, you get a glimpse of this uncertainty here and there. It makes me think just how much of his persona is a front.
Overall, I found A******s Finish First to be a superficial, albeit entertaining and brutally honest book. It certainly has been the pioneer of its literary genre: fratire. No, it's not deep, and yes, some of it is quite offensive. Even Tucker apologizes in advance of some of his stories. But that's not the point, at least, not when I was reading it. This book is an escape from reality, a look at the life of one guy who has lived, at the very least, the most unique and wild life I've ever read about.
Bottom line, Tucker Max pushes boundaries, sometimes illegally, most times offensively.