- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (July 26, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416900667
- ISBN-13: 978-1416900665
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yes Man Hardcover – July 26, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Wallace, a freelance radio producer for the BBC in London, takes three simple words uttered by a stranger on a bus-"say yes more"-as a challenge and says "yes" to everything for a year. He says "yes" to pamphleteers on the street, the credit card offers stuffing his mailbox and solicitations on the Internet. He attends meetings with a group that believes aliens built the pyramids in Egypt, says "yes" to every invitation to go out on the town and furthers his career by saying "yes" in meetings with executives. The potential for enlightenment and insight into the human condition abounds, yet Wallace doesn't dig deep. Mostly, he covers his relationships with his male friends and former and current girlfriends. While the writing is lively enough-arch and full of colorful British slang-the minutiae of Wallace's world won't fascinate readers as much as it seems to fascinate him. The book is culled from his diary, and it shows: the text is crammed with casual observations and mundane details of everyday life. It meanders through the year, shapeless and slack. Still, Wallace raises an interesting question-if you said "yes" to everything, would you be prepared to deal with the outcome?
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Following up his charmingly offbeat Join Me (2004), in which he inadvertently started a cult, Wallace recounts his year as perhaps the world's most foolishly agreeable person. Lost in the doldrums (for a variety of reasons), Wallace, a British journalist and comedian, realized he was closing himself off from the world. He was turning down invitations, manufacturing wild excuses to get out of having fun. Then came a chance meeting with a stranger who advised, "Say yes more." So Wallace did, embarking on a year-long odyssey of eccentric discoveries, unexpected delights, and a few unsettling experiences. Wallace is an agreeable storyteller, not afraid of presenting himself in an unflattering light (especially if he can make us laugh). If this were a novel, we would probably shake our heads and call it ridiculous. But it's all true (saying yes really did lead to the author's winning $48,000), and it's thoroughly entertaining. David Pitt
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Top Customer Reviews
And a warning to the Kindle readers: This edition contains horrid amounts of typos. Not just one or two pr page, more like 20-30 pr page... Really annoying. It is also difficult to see where a new paragraph begins, and hence it can be confusing when the action moves between past and present and you don't see any indication of this in the way the text is displayed on the page.
This crazy "bloke" agreed to say "yes" to every suggestion that came his way for several months. As you can imagine, quite an adventure ensued. Crazy parties. Crazy hangovers. Crazy career changes. Crazy travels to crazy corners of the earth. Crazy experiences with new and strange and wickedly interesting people.
You can take in just the "surface level" of what occurred and it'll still be a great and entertaining read. But underneath that are some of the greatest spiritual lessons anyone can receive. By saying "yes" to what life sends our way, we open ourselves to opportunities and experiences that our feeble and fear stricken minds could have never imagined. All we have to do is let go of desperately controlling the path of our lives, and it will venture to levels and places that simply can be orchestrated intentionally.
And, spoiler alert, it also turned into one hell of a love story that any Hollywood movie writer would kill to have dreamed up, which as a hopeless romantic at heart, was my favorite part of this book.
Would recommend if you're looking for a narrative "self-help" book.
It has everything; very wit humour, not-too-overwhelming drama, and a very importamt life lesson which hoefully i'll take with me to the grave:
It's better to regret somethig you did than forever regretting someting you didn't do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you didn't like the movie, the book is nothing like it and is a great read from start to finish.