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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate UK; Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782111522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782111528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* The funniest man on the planet Spectator * He's a moron. A completely round, empty-headed, part-chimp Manc -- Ricky Gervais * Funniest show on TV? No contest Mail on Sunday on An Idiot Abroad * A lovely way of getting Karl's innermost thoughts on to the page in supremely satisfying style - and it's also hilarious Heat

About the Author

Karl Pilkington is a Sony Award–winning, Emmy Award–nominated radio producer, best known for starring in An Idiot Abroad and producing and cohosting The Ricky Gervais Show on the radio and later in the form of podcasts and an HBO television show. He is the author of Happyslapped by a Jellyfish, An Idiot AbroadKarlology, and Ricky Gervais Presents: The World of Karl Pilkington.

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Great observations and a very easy and funny read.
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I read this book on the subway and several times I actually laughed out loud.
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This book was everything I had hoped for and more!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2013
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Karl proves that he is a lot funnier solo, than he was when he was teamed up with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Not only is he funnier, but his unique intelligence is also more apparent, and is allowed to direct him into situations that he would not have been allowed to go to, if still with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In my opinion, this is Karl at his best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Cross on November 4, 2013
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Gotta love the wisdom of Karl. Can't wait to see the actual program on TV! Please keep travelling Mr. Pilkington!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2014
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I first met Karl Pilkington via his globetrotting BBC series An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List. In that gem of a show, hapless homebody Karl travels the far reaches of the earth to dive into adventures that most people can only dream about—and he hates it. That’s the show’s appeal—a grumbly moaner who’d be happier eating biscuits in front of the television is forced into situations and experiences that he often finds torturous. The results are hilarious.

To be honest, I only initially tuned into the show because of Ricky Gervais—I do love me some Rickey Gervais—who, along with Stephen Merchant, acts as Karl’s devilish travel agent, casting Karl into unexpected escapades with impish zeal. At the time, I had no idea who Karl was, and my first impression of him wasn’t a good one. “My god, what a little whiner!” I said to my wife. “Who’d want to watch THIS guy?!” But his unique perspective, appalled reactions, and effortless quips won me over, and I was dying to see what he hated next. My absolute favorite moment was when he traveled to Vanatau—birth place of the bungee jump—and he land-dived from a rickety wooden tower while surrounded by tribesmen who had “their knobs in wicker.” I was in tears after that “dive,” and I laughed about it for hours later.

Needless to say, I became a huge fan, devouring all three seasons of Idiot Abroad. And when I heard about Moaning of Life, I snatched up the book, eager to see if Karl’s worldly exploits would translate to the written word.

For the most part, the book succeeds in capturing the essence of Karl’s quirky travels as he cavorts among various cultures and customs. There are full page images of the interesting people he meets along with conversation excerpts where you can almost hear their accents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bloated Boy on January 19, 2014
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The best version of Karl Pilkington is the one backed into a corner, figuratively speaking. With The Moaning of Life, and An Idiot Abroad before it, Pilkington is out from the shadow of collaborators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

The book does a great job expanding on Karl's adventures, moreso than an hour-long show can. But I think that the books biggest issue is that Karl's expressions and reactions to things is what makes it for me, and obviously that is lost in written form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zalmorion the Fantastic on December 4, 2013
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If you love Karl Pilkington, the old Ricky Gervais podcasts, and any of the Idiot Abroad shows, you should buy this book. It is classic Karl. But the book is obviously written as a companion of some sort to a TV series that has not reached the USA yet. He recounts things he has to do for the production, which is hit or miss. Although, when Karl let's his mind roam free and starts giving us his opinions and observations, the laughs begin. :) Not the best of Karl, but good.

If you are new to Karl's inadvertent comedic genius, I recommend you buy Karlology first. And buy the podcasts right away, if you have not already.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L Gerage on November 6, 2013
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Classic Pilkington! Hope the TV series comes to the US.
As usual full of a lot of interesting things. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. O'Sullivan on May 6, 2014
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Karl P brings humor and reflection on cultural norms both home & in places I could never otherwise travel.
And the Twix cooperation should scoop him up as a spokes person.
Another successful and fun book!
Many thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elaine heaton on December 30, 2013
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my husband loves the character karl pilkington protrays in the tv series by Ricky Gervais.I have purchased all the books about Karl pilkington.
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