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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories Kindle Edition
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Good for some tastes maybe, but not one I'll re-read cover to cover. That being said - I will probably recommend for friends to borrow and read the few that were great,but will not suggest that they purchase the book.
In this collection of very short stories, Rich's goofiness is on full display. These 30 stories, each between one and five pages, are about the quirky, often absurd, nature of relationships. Generally, Rich starts with a stereotype or a simple kernel of assumed truth, and riffs it into an entire story. For instance, my favorite story in the collection "Magical Mr. Goat" is about what would happen if a child's "invisible" friend became real and started making uncomfortable advances. When the child fends him off, telling him they should just be friends, and that he'll find someone, the goat exclaims, "That's not true ... You're the only one who can even see me!" THAT's comedy!
Or, another story titled "Sirens of Gowanus" makes fun of dudes who overlook any red flags in a woman when she slows the slightest interest in him. In this case, the woman is a siren who will lure him to her island in the Gowanus Canal, and probably eat him. It had happened before. "You can't judge someone by their past relationships," the guy argues to his buddy. "Like okay, she killed Stanley. But how do you know what was going on between them? You weren't there."
"Center of the Universe" is about God dating a needy woman, who doesn't understand why he can't take time from his job of creating the world to spend more time with her. Yeah, some of these stories may annoy you.Read more ›
I have had many laughs reading this book and I plan to read it again!
yes. they are short stories. but they seemed more like sketches for longer stories. at least some of them. others should be left alone like the ex-girlfriend with Hitler, the girlfriend repair, occupy Jensen street, the dog's missed connection. basically the rest of them. the Sherlock story was not exciting and too twisted to be entertaining as well as a weak execution of inspiration. I did not finish the collection... I couldn't.
there were a couple like "I Love Girl" and the beginning of life that had clever dialogue and character studies. The title story had a clever premise and that helped a bit.
but if you want quick reads between bus stops this would be the book...however I would not recommend this as a serious read. probably a good source for a party funnies because they are some giggles, just small ones that I am sure could be fuller laughs in intoxication.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS! It's better than the TV show it's based on (Man Seeking Woman). This book literally had me laughing out loud with each story. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amy
I found this and thought it might be fun to try when I was looking for a good laugh. But apparently you have to have a very specific sense of humor to appreciate most of the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Silverscarf
Definitely a must read when you want to just relax and think about nothing. Simon Rich is a great story teller.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was quirky and weird and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I actually laughed out loud at some of the chapters. I would recommend it to anyone!Published 1 month ago by Miranda K.
Hilarious. I never actually laugh out loud at books/magazines, but there were points where I was just laughing hysterically - in public in front of strangers! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jake
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