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This review is from: The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (Imitation Leather)
I'm 52, married, don't know the author, have never heard of this secret society and still found this book fascinating. I say this because so many reviewers seem to have an agenda. From the arrival of this book b4 a business trip where my wife asked if I was going through another mid-life crisis, to the enjoyable but staccato writing style of Strauss, I read this book in pure fascination but half the time wondering if it was fiction. From reading these reviews it is clear there is basis for this book. But a Project Hollywood with male drama and Courtney Love thrown in for humor? Well, evidently it was true.
This book should be read by all young men. Yes, some have the ability to approach women in some manner, but most DON'T have the ability in ANY manner. This book will help. Does it give contrived starting lines? Sure, but the point of the book is, "men need it" and when most people think of pick-up lines, these are actually exactly the opposite as more fully explained in the book. We are not conditioned to know the appropriate way to approach women! But apparently, we can learn.
This book is educational on talking to women but also an interesting story about the crazy, neurotic lives these guys live. As to the author, his writing style is much too young for me but I did enjoy watching him weave this story and predict a bright journalistic career for him. I had previously read his biography of Jenna Jamison and enjoyed it also. I have not seen much publicity about this book. I heard about it from the short story in Esquire. I would love to read the NY Times article referenced in the book. I recommend this book for both men and women in their dating years but also recommend others read this that just want to learn about interpersonal relationships or read a zany life of needy men.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2008 5:33:41 PM PST
Bob Bishop says:
Good review. I just recently got divorced, so I'm new to this, but since you wrote your review (and since the book was written), I think the pickup scene has become more evolved. I have been reading guys like Cooper Newman and just recently read a book for divorced guys specifically by Greg Griffin, The Game Plan - Practical Dating and Sex Advice to Help You Move Beyond Your Divorce, Meet New Women, and Have Fun Again, which I feel have advice which would work for guys who are 25 or older.
That's not to say that the Game doesn't have good stuff in it!! I think it shows that men can learn to be successful with women if they work on themselves. It also shows just how far you can take it.
Again, good review. Thank you!!
Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:04:21 AM PST
Good review. I learned that I've totally done many of these techniques in the past, but was totally unaware of what I was doing. I just thought sometimes I went through periods of being in "the zone", like my stars were aligned or something. Never consciously aware of any technique.
Having it all written out like this, was extremely enlightening. It's a reference for those times I "forget" how to play "the game".
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