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Whiskey & Charlie deals with the complexities of sibling relationships: By the time twins Charlie and Whiskey reach adulthood, they're barely speaking to each other. When Charlie hears that Whiskey has been in a terrible accident and is comatose, Charlie can't make sense of it. Who's he without Whiskey? Learn more about author Annabel Smith
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1St Edition edition (March 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551925621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551925622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,412,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The nameless narrator of this fine debut novel is as luckless as he is bighearted. Over a few short chapters, he gets hooked up with a group of surly sexual fetishists and a minivan-driving drug dealer, learns that his girlfriend is a phone-sex operator, and is propositioned by a man who mistakes him for a male prostitute. The characters whom the narrator encounters are uniformly weirdos and losers, the struggling and the sullen; nevertheless, this is a very funny book. Darbyshire's narrator is frequently unemployed, but he is always running into someone willing to pay him for the oddest of odd jobs: when he is not disposing of dead cows, he is making a few bucks by helping a small-time criminal or serving as an "injured" patient for a local hospital's disaster drills. Although Please is a fully realized novel, its individual chapters could stand alone as strange but moving short stories. Darbyshire plumbs the murky regions of the soul in a novel of dark brilliance. Kevin Canfield
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"Hilarious social satire of daily life among the young and nihilistic ... a winner of a debut" -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It's like an episode of Seinfeld in which all the characters are George ... it's must-read TV" -- CTV

"a consummate critique of the human weaknesses, counterfeit values and trend-driven desires that erode our hopes for meaning and purpose" -- The Globe and Mail

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bowery boy on November 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most refreshing, highly readable, laugh out loud novels I have read in a long time. The only fault I can find is it's too short. I found myself reading slowly in order to make it last. Each chapter in itself can stand alone as a short story and they brilliantly come together as a whole.
The main character is this down on his luck chronically unemployed twenty-something guy who pines over his wife who has divorced him. Through flashbacks to the past we learn about his wacky relationship with his ex-wife while in the present he spends time drinking in S&M bars frequented by models, peeping through apartment windows with a blind man, getting robbed by Mormons and going on car chases in pursuit of John Cusack but that's not even the half of it!
If you read this in a public place, you'll find yourself trying to suppress your laughter at some of the deadpan tongue-in-cheek humor. Dabryshire has a sharp wit and is an incredible talent. I can't wait to read more of him.
If you liked Palahniuk's Choke or Banbury's Like A Hole In The Head, then you'll love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Willey on May 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Trying to get some Canadian content into my reading repertoire, I headed to the local library where I came across "Please". After reading the first chapter there in the library, I was hooked.
Darbyshire combines wit and satire to produce a hilarious offbeat and thoroughly enjoyable novel. Having a similar style to Joseph Heller, Darbyshire's "Please" reminded me of the timeless classic "Catch 22".
If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable and different read, pick up a copy of this novel. You'll be glad you did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the penguin on February 16, 2006
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This book is phenomenal. Darbyshire debuts with strong writing and even stronger characters. Best books I have read so far this year.
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More About the Author

Peter Darbyshire is the award-winning author of Please and The Warhol Gang, as well as too many short stories to list here. You can learn more about Peter Darbyshire at www.peterdarbyshire.com.