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They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books Hardcover – November 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416540296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416540298
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A compendium of the weirdest and funniest advertisements from eccentric readers." -- Seattle Times

"This compilation of hilarious personal ads placed in the London Review of Books celebrates the odd, the quirky, and the painfully honest in their search for love." -- Boston Herald

About the Author

David Rose works at the New York office of the LRB and divides his time between New York, Liverpool and California.

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David Rose works at the New York office of the LRB and divides his time between New York, Liverpool and California.

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Witty and amusing, would certainly recommend it.
joh9060
Sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes touching in its humanity, this is an amazing little book.
Omnireader
What can I say other than this book makes me laugh so hard that my ribs ache.
D. B. Dawson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By W. Heron, Jr. on November 29, 2006
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The book is a gem and my title describing it as intellectual humor with a touch of the loo is apt...The English are wonderfully fastidious with the use of language. When combined with a sense of modesty, a wry British sense of humor and a penchant for understatement, one has a delightfully funny collection of snippets from the "London Review of Books" personals. The Brits who contribute to these personals go out of their way to make themselves seem both interesting and unattractive at the same time. Nothing here is close to "likes long romantic walks on the beach" that one finds in U.S. personals... these individuals all have warts ...real or imagined!

It is a wonderful holiday gift sure to evoke peals of laughter from any adult with a pulse.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The personal ad in this review's title is from the LRB, but is not among this book's selections. Nonetheless, it provides one with the flavor of the treasures to be found herein. Actual paraphrased examples from the book include:

-- "Writing this ad has given the biggest sense of accomplishment I've felt since successfully ironing my pants for the first time (on June 14th, 1998.)"

-- "Blah, blah, whatever. Indifferent woman. Go ahead and write. See if I care."

-- "I used to have the sharpest mind in the land; now I can't even find my pen. Wait-- here it is!"

-- "Some chances are once in a lifetime. Not this one; I've been in the last 12 issues."

-- "I am not an accountant."

-- "Ppfffttttt, ssshhhhhhhhwwwwt, peeffwt, pffpt. Man, 36. Bad at whistling."

The only other thing that needs to be said is that editor David Rose provides some quite helpful annotations for the cultural references that might elude those of us on this side of The Pond.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna A. Stanford on January 15, 2007
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Heard about this on NPR and it was worth buying. Wonderful as a present, it was a great icebreaker at a party and had us all rolling on the floor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Dawson on May 6, 2007
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What can I say other than this book makes me laugh so hard that my ribs ache. The humor is dry, the personal ads are as precise as haiku, and nobody seems to be taking themselves too seriously. Well, maybe the "beardy physicist" who provided the ad from which the title was taken, but certainly not the parade of loners who have not forgotten that humor is the most powerful aphrodesiac of all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By super mara on January 10, 2007
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Two people who couldn't be more different, yet both absolutely loved this book. I cherished hearing their giddy laughter on Christmas day. This book is for the smart, the cynical, & the anglophile on your gift-buying list. Or buy it especially for single folks with a great sense of humor!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Newton on March 23, 2007
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A constantly amusing and often hilarious collection of real ads.

Usually self depreciating and frequently absurd.

Smiles, chuckles and belly laughs.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zombie Elvis on January 16, 2008
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Honestly, I think this is the funniest book I've ever read! I'm amazed more people don't know about it. I made the mistake of reading it on the subway and my I laughed so much that I started spluttering my coffee - people looked at me like I was insane but I just couldn't help myself!

Buy this book - but don't read it on the subway, you'll only embarrass yourself.

Maybe the publisher will bring out a paperback next Christmas and more people will get to enjoy it. A must-read for anyone who loves to laugh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. White on April 2, 2007
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This has to be one of the most enjoyable, off-center collections ever. The personal ads are all the more enjoyable because of their ironic tone and intellectual content. Despite some recurring themes, I was constantly caught offguard and found myself laughing uncontrollably. Absolutely delightful.
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