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The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by [Rich, Simon]
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Simon Rich is outrageously, lavishly gifted -- Caitlin Moran A James Thurber for our times, in Borges' suit wearing Flann O'Brien's hat -- Ian McMillan BBC Radio 3 The Verb Brilliant: a kind of modern version of Woody Allen's Without Feathers for anyone who's been in love ... topsy-turvy imaginative, riotously funny, hugely insightful ... Rich has a wisdom about male-female interaction that most have to wait far, far longer than 28 years to gain. -- Tom Cox Observer A collection of sweet stories full of whimsical, gently moving tales of love and loss, thwarted come-ons and doomed crushes... Put it in your pocket and take it out whenever you need a five minute break from the tedium of everyday. -- Lynn Enright The Gloss Most original and highly amusing. Rich manages to turn the banal into the absurd... hilarious and touching... and impossible to put down. A perfect cheer-up for the romantically challenged! -- Rachel Glover Image The Last Girlfriend On Earthis silly, surreal, sometimes sad and always laugh-out-loud funny. This collection will have you giggling/crying/squirming in recognition, and wondering what exactly Simon Rich has eaten to dream all this stuff up ... This collection pulls off the tough trick of being both heart-warming and hilarious -it's a must-read if you've ever so much as had a crush on someone Heat Pithy, occasionally bonkers... expect any weeping to be of the laughter-induced variety -- David Clack Time Out Truly hilarious -- Observer Eva Wiseman There are many episodes to enjoy ... The scenarios are satisfyingly wide-ranging ... an irreverent pleasure. -- Frank Brinkley Literary Review A laugh-out-loud collection of short stories about that crazy little thing called love. Vogue Australia If you buy only one quirky, surreal collection of comedy short stories about relationships this year, make it Simon Rich's The Last Girlfriend on Earth ... an endlessly inventive, laugh-out-loud book ... It's fairly spooky that Rich, though still in his 20s, has such telling and very humorous insights into the shortcomings and sensitivities of the male psyche ... this is a one-night stand you will definitely want to tell your friends about. Jewish Chronicle The Last Girlfriend on Earth had me giggling out loud -- Emma Sells ELLE A quirky and amusing collection -- Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post The Last Girlfriend on Earth shows off Rich's special talent for finding emotional truth in surreal premises -- Hugh Montgomery Independent on Sunday The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Love Stories by Simon Rich is my holiday reading recommendation. Read it on the plane with caution - you will laugh so loud people will think you're having some sort of episode. -- Lauren Laverne ELLE Rich is arguably the wittiest American humourist of his generation. -- Ryan Gilbey Guardian

About the Author

Simon Rich is the author of Ant Farm, Free-Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God's Name and he has written film scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Believer, and he was nominated for the Thurber Prize. Until recently, he was a staff writer at Saturday Night Live; he currently writes for Pixar.

Product Details

  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (January 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AS4UQE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is simple and overall entertaining, but misses the mark on about half of the stories. Some were VERY funny - I really enjoyed the missed dog connections, the condom story, and "I love Girl" to name a few. There were several that were really just sad and not even in a darkly funny way. "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus" started with dark humor and ended with simple and depressing bitterness.

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.
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You may have heard of Simon Rich -- he's a writer for Saturday Night Live (second youngest one ever), and he also frequently writes the Shouts & Murmurs column for The New Yorker. Hell, his Wikipedia page even calls him an "American humorist." Basically, his comedy credentials are well-established, even though dude's not even 30 yet.

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.
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Great book full of short stories. They are very thoughtful and poke fun at various things in every day life. The stories are independent from each other and have various subjects and characters.

I have had many laughs reading this book and I plan to read it again!
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I saw Simon Rich at a NY reading and was in tears laughing when Michael Ian Black read the Cave Boy love story. Bought the book and have been equally entertained by the other stories. Impressive range of styles;very creative... solid, witty, and sincere.
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This book is so misogynistic that I'm sick, quite sick reading it. Every story has an heroic man and a woman who needs fixing, or a man who wants sex and will do anything to get it. I heard the author interviewed and one of the stories from this book was read on that interview and I thought it worth buying. But honestly folks, if you see anything other than woman hate here I'd be interested to know. List your gender as you post, because I think it is probably best received by men. I wanted a laugh and I'm pretty much in despair now. A woman
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I think perhaps this book was a little overhyped. If I came to it with no expectations I might have rated it higher. I found a lot of the stories a little bit shallow or facile. But it was clever and funny and well written.
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within the first few lines of the first story "unprotected" I knew right away this was a story about a prophylactic, a rubber. it almost seemed promising like Tom Robbins' "Skinny Legs and All" with the points of view from a spoon, a can and some panties. but it quickly fizzed out when the couple argued and the wallet changed. it was all too quick and had great opportunities to create parallel plots and deeper story lines with stronger characters. and that is where it cycled. the stories would start out clever and just quickly faded.

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.
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