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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416918345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416918349
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wallace, a freelance radio producer for the BBC in London, takes three simple words uttered by a stranger on a bus-"say yes more"-as a challenge and says "yes" to everything for a year. He says "yes" to pamphleteers on the street, the credit card offers stuffing his mailbox and solicitations on the Internet. He attends meetings with a group that believes aliens built the pyramids in Egypt, says "yes" to every invitation to go out on the town and furthers his career by saying "yes" in meetings with executives. The potential for enlightenment and insight into the human condition abounds, yet Wallace doesn't dig deep. Mostly, he covers his relationships with his male friends and former and current girlfriends. While the writing is lively enough-arch and full of colorful British slang-the minutiae of Wallace's world won't fascinate readers as much as it seems to fascinate him. The book is culled from his diary, and it shows: the text is crammed with casual observations and mundane details of everyday life. It meanders through the year, shapeless and slack. Still, Wallace raises an interesting question-if you said "yes" to everything, would you be prepared to deal with the outcome?
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Following up his charmingly offbeat Join Me (2004), in which he inadvertently started a cult, Wallace recounts his year as perhaps the world's most foolishly agreeable person. Lost in the doldrums (for a variety of reasons), Wallace, a British journalist and comedian, realized he was closing himself off from the world. He was turning down invitations, manufacturing wild excuses to get out of having fun. Then came a chance meeting with a stranger who advised, "Say yes more." So Wallace did, embarking on a year-long odyssey of eccentric discoveries, unexpected delights, and a few unsettling experiences. Wallace is an agreeable storyteller, not afraid of presenting himself in an unflattering light (especially if he can make us laugh). If this were a novel, we would probably shake our heads and call it ridiculous. But it's all true (saying yes really did lead to the author's winning $48,000), and it's thoroughly entertaining. David Pitt
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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
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This book has the rare and beautiful combination of being hilariously funny, having a meaningful sentiment, and it is full of British turns of expression.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alexander M. Moir on August 14, 2005
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One of the greatest reading pleasures in recent years. I bought this book upon reading a review in EW, and was unable to put it down. Perhaps it's the fact that Danny and I are the same age (26) and both are at a crossroads at which we're unsure how to proceed with life and how to get the most of it, but I guarantee there's more to it.

Danny Wallace, first of all, did a great job writing his year of saying Yes in book format. At once glib, crazy and wracked with confusion, Danny infuses every page with that indelible dry British wit.

Yes, he wins the lottery; yes, he travels the globe; yes he meets a whole variety of unusual characters; yes, he goes to the boring coworker's party and winds up meeting a BBC exec who makes him a TV documentary star; and yes, it all comes off very believable and human.

If you've ever been feeling disenchanted with the flow of modern life, if you have been wanting to take a stand and grab the reins of life (ironically in Danny's case, by letting life sweep him wherever it wanted) or merely want to read an account of how a simple change can give you new eyes to view the world, don't miss "Yes Man."

My highest recommendations all around.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul C on July 14, 2005
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Danny (and I feel i am on first names terms with him after reading the book) is a normal everyday bloke just like you and me. Well not quite like me, as I've never repeatedly poked a monk on national television or been chased by a giant lizard... tho I do like a chicken dansak.

Over the course of his journey into a life of Yes you get caught up in his sucesses and his failures, and as you turn each page you realise that the adventures that he's had and the experiences he shares with us can be ours. Yours and mine and that is what makes his book utterly utterly fantastic. It may not be literature, it may have been oddly stuck in the travel section of my bookstore, but it's funny, it's insightful and it's incredibly human.

He's a bloke, with glasses and a fondness for tea who decides to make the most out of all the opportunities he is presented with. How many times have we all excused ourselves from an event or ignored an advert or poster, not entered competitions. We all know the world is growing more apathetic and obviously more and more of us... well, just shrug our shoulders. Danny Wallace is a guy who proves that if we take a few risks and see what life has to offer then things can become a lot more interesting and exciting for all of us. I can't see how anyone can read this and not take something valuable from it, even if it's just a few hours giggling as they read it. Should you buy this book? - Yes!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Lynne Rostochil on January 12, 2008
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I read this book a few months ago, and hardly a day goes by that I don't think about it. A man decides to say yes to everything -- to every invitation, to every opportunity, to every solicitation. EVERYTHING. What a simple idea. But, that one resolution leads to many adventures and relationships that are so hystericallly funny and beyond belief; I found myself gut-bursting laughing through the entire book (good thing I was at home by myself because when I start to giggle, there ain't no stopping me!).

This book goes far beyond being a funny, silly book, however. It really makes you think. What if you decide to say yes more -- how would that change the way you see the world and what opportunities would present themselves if you utter that one little word? It's worth saying yes to more things just to find out, which is why I've made Danny's mantra my own, as well.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Salti on September 11, 2005
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An extremely enjoyable and entertaining read. For those who have not read the dice man (an excellent read also by the way), the main theme that is shared is the central character giving up control of his life - in the dice man it is by setting out outcomes and letting the dice decide, and in "Yes Man" it is by the simple act of saying "yes" to everything. Saying "yes" to dinners with ex-girlfriends on first dates, saying "yes" to attending boring co-worker parties, saying "yes" to an Internet email plea to help one of the Sultan of Oman's sons smuggle 40mm dollars out of the country (not recommended). This is an orgy of "yes". In doing so Danny opens himself up to a world of new people and new opportunities and his experiences and humerous anecdotes are laid out in an easily digestable and entertaining read. At first the humour seemed a little forced but as the story unwound it was touching, hilarious and a very fun read. Enjoy, and say "yes" more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karla Hart on October 6, 2007
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After hearing an NPR interview with the author, I bought this book for the title - as a gift to someone I once nicknamed a "yes man" . Once it arrived, I realized that my friend was unlikely to ever read it, so I did before passing it along. I'm a smallish town female U.S. Baby Boomer and much of the book just didn't speak to me; however, there were bits of fun and treasures of stories tucked throughout. I especially loved his response to the ubiquitous scam of "my [insert African country here] father died and left a fortune that he scammed from government, I just need your help to get it out of the country."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SJ on February 28, 2008
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This book affected me in a strange way, but a positive way. It really makes you analyze your own life. How many opportunities do you pass up because it is just so easy to say "no"? After reading the book, I find myself being motivated to "say yes more", and I am capitalizing on a lot more opportunies.

It is a good, quick, entertaining read. I also got a kick out of the UK dialect. It is one of the few book I've read that I try to force my friends to read.
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