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Too Fat to Fish Hardcover – November 11, 2008
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“A comedy treasure…One of the funniest guys there is…The pride of New Jersey.” –Jimmy Kimmel
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385526563
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385526562
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.06 x 9.33 inches
- Publisher : Spiegel & Grau (November 11, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #290,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let me just say, this is a fantastically well written book. I read a lot of celebrity memoirs, and I think this one quickly made the short list of books I'd recommend everyone read.
Artie is a master storyteller. The book is a chronological tale winding through his life, with all the associated ups and downs. He comes off in equal parts as a guy you'd love to hang out with, and a guy you'd be too embarrassed to bring around your family.
There are some fairly dark moments in the book, and the drug addiction is a recurring theme because it's a big part of his life. I think it's great that he wants to get past the addiction and hope it happens for him.
I'm so glad I picked this up when I saw it in a promo email.
The style of the 'writing' feels like a transcript of stories read into a recorder and were promptly typed up and printed. It can be difficult to read at times because the train of thought wanders away from the original point or story. I'm obviously not a stickler for grammar or syntax, but the only way that I could get through it was to hear Artie's voice in my head. The writing is a definite distraction, but definitely Artie.
The stores are mostly interesting and a good profile of his life. However, for someone who has gone through so much turmoil and strife, I wouldn't call it gritty. The book seems like a cathartic exercise for him to admit a few wrong doings and apologize to some folks he's wronged. In a lot of places it feels a little shallow. Then again, it is an autobiography, and things may be that simple for Artie. It feels true and honest, but ultimately a bit flat for me.
I actually think that the audio book may have been more enjoyable so that I could hear Artie tell the stories in his own voice. Ultimately, it's an interesting profile of an addict and save for the fame he's enjoyed in his life, is probably extraordinarily similar to every other addict out there.