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Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Reviews of Booky Wook 2: "Devotees will be devouring Russell's outrageous Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal. This man loves to offend and to challenge the reader by being incredibly funny." The Times "This book [...] reminds you of how funny and original he is; also how British; also what a loss to the old motherland." Sunday Times Culture "A witty and engaging raconteur, Brand makes no apologies and takes no prisoners throughout this lively account of his (sex) life and career." Hot Press --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
My Booky Wook was one of the most revered and successful celebrity autobiographies of all time (not including the Bible or anything by Oprah). The honesty, mayhem, and scandal made it as riveting and fanciful as anything found in fiction.
In Booky Wook 2, this award-winning achievement is surpassed as Russell charts his rise from crack-house junky to Hollywood star, indulging in sexual excesses that make Caligula seem like a prudish spinster. On his quest to find true love, Russell encountered thousands of women, often three or four at a time (for efficiency), and his dizzying ambition led to chaos and controversy that could have landed him in prison and left the BBC in ruins.
This is the story of what happens when insatiable desire meets limitless opportunity and when a punk from the wrong side of the tracks is given the keys to the palace. This riot of self-indulgence would be rampaging still but for a tossed bottle to the head from one of the world's biggest pop stars.
Can true love conquer all? Is it a more powerful force than the raging libido of a professional madman? The answer lies inside.
Top customer reviews
In this second memoir, Brand reprises his writing voice to catch up readers on his latest adventures. And like his first, he does it with a powerful wit and captivating energy. But this edition seems to be eager to impress. He seems pressed to diversify, and use the wealth of his growing diction. For some reason, it seems even more exaggerated in this second edition, and now appears more out of place.
There's an interesting irony contained within the book. It focuses on all the events that led to Brand's marriage to ex-wife Katy Perry, but gives a cursory glance at his current girlfriend, Jemima Khan. They seemed to run into a charity party and now they're seeing each other.
As his life has become less sexualized, his language, at times, appears to be filled with sexual digressions and fantasies. It’s here, that we seem to see the mind of Russell Brand, when unhinged. It’s both fun and fanciful.
"...this spindly liquorice man, this sex crazed linguistic bolt of tricks and tics and kohl-eyed winks."
Followers of Brand may notice that his recent standup is similar to "My Booky Wook 2." Especially during the chapter about filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I found it to be a direct copy of his routines. Enjoyable, but perhaps a bit repetitive.
This is a nearly perfect sequel to a great life. Brand is a terrific writer, and I would look forward to reading whatever comes next.
If you enjoy biographies or Russell Brand's humour and wit, you will definitely enjoy My Booky Wook 2, which picks up where My Booky Wook 1 left off (if you have not read the first, do!). It is extremely well-written, witty, and intelligent and well worth the time and money. It revolves around Brand's lust for and climb towards fame, and this is what makes his second autobiography less spectacular than his first. It is a story about a driven and talented who achieves fame and fortune, but finds it hollow and superficial (mind you, it is written by the young and talented man, so it may be biased).
Among other things, the book covers his job as hosting the VMA, after which he received death-threats, and the infamous Sachsgate incident. It does offer insight into his personal feelings about these events, but the jokes will be known to people who have seen his stand-up show Scandalous (still well funny, though).
There is a wonderfully personal and hilarious story about the filming of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which literally had me in tears.
The language is exciting and engaging, even if parts of the story is familiar, and I cannot wait to read My Booky Wook 3 (so on the off-chance that Mr Brand is reading this: please start typing!)