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on October 19, 2010
If you want more Russell Brand (and don't we all?), this book delivers. It picks up where Booky Wook leaves off and offers readers a bacchanalia of wily words. While parts of the text are certainly from his stand-up act, and they are very funny, this is no transcription. Who knew that doing Shakespeare with Helen Mirren could be so comical?
If you're looking for a recovery story it's here. Sex is the drug this time. Brand, who is a self-aware fame-seeker, traded crack and heroin for acting out compulsively with hundreds (thousands?) of women. His behavior didn't begin after sobriety, but it moved to center stage in his life. What is most fascinating is that by producing this book he allows himself time for some reflection on the question.
Because he lives his life so publically, readers won't be surprised by his sexual activities, but they may be impressed by his boundless energy. What he communicates is his ultimate disillusionment with his hot pool of dirty deeds.
If you don't want to laugh, don't buy this book. There are passages that are filled with tear-inducing hilarity. But the fact is that Brand is not simply a clown.
Sometimes Brand makes it seem like fabulous opportunities fall down from the sky like delightful puffs of snow, but I suspect that hard work, hours of improv training, innate (not inane) talent, and the generous support of his minions are the reason for his success. As he says: "Life is not a postcard of life, life is essential and about detail, minutiae and trivia."
I suspect we will continue to see additions in the Booky Wook series as Brand continues to evolve.