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My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up Paperback – May 18, 2010
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A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel. . . . The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. . . . Compelling. (New York Times Book Review)
“’The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“A scandalous, libidinous memoir. . . . There is nothing [Brand] won’t reveal in search of a laugh and nothing he hasn’t done in search of love or experience or oblivion. . . . . An exceptional combination of candor, ardor, and humor. (The Guardian)
“I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. . . . To my shame, I’ll admit I sort of liked My Booky Wook.” (New York Times)
“Hilarious. . . . A richly detailed memoir that’s peppered with both evocative descriptions of the author’s homeland and memorable lines... Brand promises here another tome ‘about how it feels to be famous.’ To my shame, I can’t wait.” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the Back Cover
Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain's most valuable exports.
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It's very very funny. Not in a laugh-out-loud sort of way, not in a simple way, but in a reflexive self-aware way. I was smiling a lot and wanted to read passages to my friends. Brand acknowledges his weaknesses and begs for forgiveness through his stories - and he would like his forgiveness in the form of praise and fame. He's quite upfront about it and yet it's very charming so I had no problem with it.
The stories of his childhood and drama school and the beginnings of his fledgling career are interesting and compelling, the personal photos and documents he includes (like copies of report cards and love letters) just add to this. The story also goes from success to failure, in and out, addressing his issues with drugs, alcohol, and sex, but never in a puritanical manner. In a real and honest manner, the way real people think about these things.
The one issue I had (and this made the beginning of the book hard) were all the references to British things I'm unfamiliar with, having not grown up over there. Brand or his editor did see fit to include numerous footnotes to assist american readers, and the footnotes are quite interesting and well-written in and of themselves, but they didn't address all of my points of confusion. More like 60%, which is less than ideal.
But he is a fascinating character, I loved this easy quick read and am onto booky wook 2 now.
I'm certainly glad I did. This book is filled with a charming quality that keeps you reading--especially if you're a fan of Brand's already. The humor throughout had me doubled over in laughter at times... and the writing was just brilliant! It had flair, and I loved it. I liked the brutal honesty as I was reading, and that's what made the book that much more of a chaos to read. He'd been through a lot in life, but tells it like it is.
As you're reading, you'll definitely see his personality shining through the pages. Intelligent, hilarious, and charming. It's been a little over a year since I've read this particular title, but I still haven't forgot a single thing about it...and I'm so ready to re-read now.