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Global Village Idiot: Dubya, Dunces, and One Last Word Before You Vote Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 585 KB
- Publication date : December 1, 2007
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Publisher : Grove Press (December 1, 2007)
- ASIN : B008UX3DN0
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,511 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The problem with Global Village Idiot is that a lot of the columns are about British political parties and what is happening at the time which dates this book very quickly and if you didn't live in Britain around then you really have no idea what these columns are on about. There are a few columns that those who don't fall under that category will understand and enjoy such as the introduction of pet passports on planes, Jeffery Archer, mad cow disease, George Bush winning presidency with less votes, computers, census and the topic of organ donation, but the majority of entries you really need to have been there and lived that. If you had done that I have no doubt you would rate this book four or five stars but if like me you haven't your enjoyment factor is not going to quite at the level.
John O has been a comic scriptwriter on the Spitting Image series and also has a turn with Chicken Run and his brilliant wit shines through. This book is chock-a-block with laugh out loud moments and you just keep going back to the passages to be tickled again. His writing is very low-key and the humour is subtle but it is so sharp the victims bleed!
Not knowing who John O was, I picked up the book during my adventorous phase in reading and was aware that I had stumbled on a treasure. He is a Labour (Current party headed by Tony Blair) supporter and indeed a small time politico himself. His sharpest barbs are reserved for the Tory's (the only opposition in Britain) and all their leaders past and present. And these are howlingly funny. Altough the politics of the British nation might be alien to most readers, this should prove no impediment to understanding, what at the core, is a savagely humorous book.
What also shines through is the innate humanism of the author especially in pieces like the one where he talks of the culture of charity in the country and his stand on racism. Also, his subtle character sketches of people like Jeffrey Archer are worth their weight is gold.
This is a must read for anyone attempting to understand the British political and cultural landscape and anyone who hasn't laughed out loud in a while. Go get it !!
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O'Farrell's focus of abuse is broad... world policy, domestic policy, the countryside and of course the Conservative party. He explains in very direct terms why he is right and everyone else is wrong. And herein lies my problem with this book... it's basically a rant of O'Farrell's views of how the world should be - power to the Unions, high taxes etc. Don't get me wrong - everyone is entitled to their views but I would have hoped that a writer whose past works include Spitting Image and Have I Got News For You would actually have the ability to write something of interest to a broader range of readers than just someone with their political views.
Beyond that, the topics are not particularly interesting. The book doesn't give a view of the nation at the turn of the millennium.... It tells the thought process of someone complaining during the course of the millennium, a timeframe which isn't actually of much relevance at all to any of the rantings. Will I be reading O'Farrell again? Well, definitely not reprints of his journalistic output (perhaps this review could be applied to most journalist reprint books), but maybe his full books will be somewhat more enjoyable.