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What a Nice Guy Paperback – September 7, 2011
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"Phil is, by his own admission, a little relationship dysfunctional. What I like about this book, in addition to being fun and quite witty, is that he's honest about this." -- RJ
"I absolutely loved this book ... His writings are hilarious and random." -- Karma
"Don't be prudish; it's f**king funny!" -- MJ
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I understand that this brand of humor has its place in society, and I applaud the author for finding a way to vent his frustration legally. It's strange to me that women are entertained by this material. I would have thought that men would have been the bigger audience.
I rated this work three stars because while the writing was crass, it was intelligible, well put together, and I managed to think of an audience who could benefit from reading it.
I would recommend this book for those that are thoroughly disenchanted with dating and above a certain age. It would be a great addition to a divorce gift basket along with crushed candy hearts, cut up pictures, and a note written in a drunken stupor.
Torcivia has a way with words. His ability to find another way to say, or call something makes me hand him the prize, like when he described a popular, men's short hairstyle and I really knew what he meant and laughed at the truth in it. Phil, you had me at "duck butt bangs".
This ebook made me laugh out loud many times but once I actually cried, being moved by the sentiments on his Dad. I related to it, felt my heart reach out to his and was glad that he included that particular expression in the first book of his that I tried.
Most of the time I was amazed how knowledgeable Torcivia was on the subject of women. Either he knows them well from experience or he's one talented researcher. Note to all men: pay attention to the insights within. There's a bigger payoff if you can find a way to apply even a small amount of his learning.
He blows the cover on men, too, describing some less desirable behavior. He offers a chapter entitled "Apology on Behalf of Men". Read it women. It may be the only apology you'll get. I couldn't help wondering if this book wouldn't be the perfect advertisement to females for Torcivia himself. Discovering a man who knows women so well and admits his own mistakes is a turn on for the fairer sex. Of course they would have to be open minded to his viewpoints (there are many and they are well defined). It would be a wise woman to allow him his truth.Read more ›
What a Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia is a book comprised of various vignettes about life, love, and relationships from the blog that Phil keeps. Many of them are humorous, although there are people who would probably consider some of them crass as well. As a divorced man approaching age 50, Phil has had much experience in both life and love and it certainly shows in these vignettes.
Like I mentioned above, this book was not what I was expecting. When I requested it, I thought it was fiction. I am not usually a humor or non-fiction reader. However, given that I finished it in about five days, I would say that I enjoyed it. At first, I wasn't sure what this book was even about, as the vignettes are connected only through illustrated headings. Otherwise, they were very diverse, with few connecting threads. The humor was sometimes crass, which some people might find off-putting, but I don't mind bad language or sexual humor. Overall, the book was funny, and I got some good laughs, but it is not on my list of favorites. I give it three stars out of five.
Keeping in mind I have yet to read this book's predecessors, and that I'm happily married with children, I found Mr. Torcivia's work an entertaining piece. The fifth of his collections of weblog entries, he writes of love, the sexes, and getting snipped.
If his other works equal this one, then you can be sure you'll not find a more humorous series of ponderings where the cynicism is not only biting, it latches on and gnaws for marrow.
"Nice Guy" is portrayed as a man with moral scruples in a world where those are outdated principles that got pushed aside for a quickie in the loo. However, he does not restrain himself and speaks as openly as your best friend you've bellied up to the bar with.
He bashes men and women, but mostly appeals to women to tell him the punchline to the joke about love and dating while showing them there's worse things in the world to be waking up next to. You'll find pointers for men in his "fiction"; twice the pointers for women in his "truth".
There are short dialogues that cut to the quick of each matter in simple words. Sex-related jokes are clever even in their trashiness, and don't be expecting the delivery to be any cleaner. Torcivia doesn't mind stating he's comfortable with his own ineptitudes, attitudes or platitudes. This is something I can respect in the morning.
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As weblog entries go, I advise that this collection should be read in portions or in several sittings so that you don't immediately pick up on similarity of themes between chapters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
started slow but was really funny in some parts & some parts were just grossPublished 19 months ago by Janice C. Migliore
Not much of a reviewer or reader but I liked this book. Thought of giving it a go as it was on sale for $0 dollars. Really enjoyed it. Keep going Phil.Published 24 months ago by igod
Digitally stored media keeps my house free from the clutter associated with collecting tapes, CDs and records. Yes, I said Records!Published on August 7, 2013 by S. Roberts
This is a fun light hearted book and kind of insightful too . A perfect read for summer relaxation by the lake or pool .Published on May 7, 2013 by snowangel
I love reading Phil Torcivia's books. As much as I sometimes hate to admit it, he knows women. I can't help but agree with the man. Funny, but true as well.Published on April 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you need a pick me up (if you choose not to indulge in alcohol or recreational drugs), then you should read this book. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by chibilee02
Phil Torcivia has outdone himself once again. His wit and humor are amazing. If you want a good laugh (and laugh again and again) this is one of his books off you!Published on January 23, 2013 by Anita