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Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by [Brown, Craig]
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“Captivating…Glittering…Engaging…Entertaining…[Brown] has whipped up a gratifying summertime confection — funny, diverting, occasionally sad.”
--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Deliciously clever and amusing…Hello Goodbye Hello is splendid company, not to mention perfect for the beach, the lake or the pool.”
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Hello Goodbye Hello is a hilarious book, clever and thoroughly researched…dip into this book anywhere and you will be rewarded with something delightful.”
--Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal

“Brown’s collection of odd encounters could be titled Famous People Behaving Badly. They’re irresistible.”
--People

“Craig Brown is the wittiest writer in Britain today.”
—Stephen Fry

“The book that made me laugh most was Craig Brown’s quirky game of biographical consequences.”
—Julian Barnes, Times Literary Supplement “Books of the Year”

"Craig Brown is something of a national treasure in Britain. . . . Hello Goodbye Hello is a bravura feat of narrative engineering. . . . A joyful, fun read espsecially for its widgety, ingenious construction."
—David Kamp, Vanity Fair


About the Author

Craig Brown has been writing the Private Eye celebrity diary since 1989 and is a columnist for London’s Daily Mail. He has also written parodies for many publications, including the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian. The author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in London.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2748 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IDUP4Y
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Hello Goodbye Hello has a fine concept: 101 daisy-chained encounters between the great, the good, the bad and the somewhere-in-between. But for some reason Craig Brown decided this wasn't enough of a gimmick. So on top of that, each of the 101 encounters is 1001 words long. This conceit hurts the book. The writing is weirdly choppy, with callbacks to names that have never actually been mentioned; the same snippet being included in both the body of the text and the footnotes; a strange jumpiness between paragraphs; and other visible scars from the editing process. On top of that, not all of these encounters are equally interesting. But because of the gimmick, they are treated as though they are.

A book like this should be an exercise in style. His fixation on 101x1001 crippled his style, knocked the book out of rhythm and in the end made me wish it had ended about 80 pages before it actually did. Which is not really what I'm looking for in light entertainment. When the gimmick hurts the writing, you need to drop the gimmick.
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Hello Goodbye Hello has moments of wonderful, visually-rich description and is generally enjoyable. Very Brit-twit-centric, as you'd expect, and not particularly well-written but Mr Brown has a great eye for hilarious detail from the apparently inexhaustible well of bad public figure behavior. I will always treasure the image of GB Shaw crashing his bicycle into Betrand Russell, then somehow managing to pop up to jeer at Russell at every station as Russell returns by train, his bicycle too wrecked to ride home.
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Format: Hardcover
Craig Brown delivers 101 fascinating, true encounters between the rich and famous as he portrays the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This perfect summer read is awesome to bring to the beach, or for any leisure time. This collection of true tales is strange, interesting, and witty. Some encounters are simply laugh-out-loud fun. Delightful, and entertaining from beginning to end. Highly Recommended!
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This book is pure fun: informative, entertaining and gossipy. Some readers think the author's self-imposed rules-- 101 encounters that are each 1001 words long-- hurt the book. I don't agree. After all, Mr Brown includes long, gossipy footnotes that make the essays longer than the stated 1001 words. Reading this book is like attending a multi-generational cocktail party with a fabulous tasting menu. I always think that any successful biographical work should tempt one to read more about a person or learn about his or her work. From my perspective this book succeeds beautifully.
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It's a small world — sometimes, almost too small. Which Marx brother drove Rachmaninoff out of his bungalow? Who was sunning naked when he encountered the famous Irish writer — but wait, I've written too much. You get it all: Mich, Tolstoy, Stalin, Harpo Marx, Queen Elizabeth II, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor... Small, bite-sized vignettes are easy to absorb, quick to read and rather compelling. And really, who doesn't want to know what Richard Burton did in the presence of the Duke of Windsor?
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Format: Hardcover
What was the first (or most significant) meeting between two famous people like? Who else DID they meet? Craig Brown explores this with "Hello Goodbye Hello" - bring us in a wide circle with 101 meetings between 101 famous people, each meeting and each new person acting as a bridge to the next tale stretching in time from 1876 to 2006.

Who is the "1st / only degree of separation" between Adolph Hitler and Rudyard Kipling? What happened during the meeting between Dali and Freud? Or between Houdini and Theodore Roosevelt? What was George Bernard Shaw's first impression of Harpo Marx?

The book's 101 short (1001 words each, 3 to 4 pages depending on footnotes) stories allow for a series of quick reads; you can put the book down and pick it back up without losing your (or the author's) chain of thought. There is an emphasis on British personalities - which is to be expected given the author's heritage - BUT a prefix for American audiences provides an introduction to many of those who may or may not be familiar on this side of the Atlantic.

Definitely an interesting way to devote a little time each day. Or a LOT of time each day ...

DISCLOSURE: I was provided my copy of this book free of charge in a contest. The hope was that I would enjoy it and post a good review; the request was simply to read it and write a review; however, no guarantees were made on my part other than to grant permission for the postman to leave a copy in my mailbox.(
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By Kritik on September 6, 2012
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A delightful book; a collection of brief and highly entertaining encounters with the famous, the obscure, and the unlikely! To be read as literary hors d'ouevres, desserts, and anytime in between. Read on Kindle Touch.
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I just couldn't bring myself to like this book. The premise behind the connections between the people and strict word count for each story etc are cool but I found the stories a little too "us weekly". The writing style was a little too gossipy and mean spirited. Maybe I'm missing something but not interesting to me at all. I really struggled to get through this.
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