I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan Hardcover – Dec 5 2011
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'The funniest book of the year and possibly all time.' *****Heat 'This book is a genuinely hilarious read' Shortlist 'A rare treat! painfully funny in that inimitable Alan way.' **** Sunday Express 'As a parody of celebrity autobiography, it's sound; but as a sustained piece of comic writing, it's outstanding.' **** Time Out 'Brilliantly witty' The Times 'This should be nominated for the Booker prize!it's a really funny book but it's actually more than that!it blows my post-modern mind' David Baddiel 'I, Partridge might just be the funniest book I've ever read. Proper laugh out load moment on every page.' Richard Bacon 'This fictional memoir ! could be the antidote to the celeb biographies that clog the Christmas book market. It's as acute a spoof of the publishing sub-genre as the Alan Partridge character is of a whole tranche of crassly opinionated lowbrow broadcasters!brilliantly sustained wit.' Evening Standard 'I, Partridge is an indispensable guide to what it's like to be an all-round media personality in the 21st Century. In this, it compares very well with the finest in the genre.' **** Mail on Sunday ***** The Telegraph 'Extremely funny' Word Magazine 'Pure comic genius' The Independent 'The best book of the year! without peer! I urge people to go out and buy it.' Danny Baker 'An acutely observed mock-memoir, touching on the great man's highs (receiving a Burton's Gold Card) and lows (Toblerone addiction) in equally self-regarding manner.' Independent on Sunday 'A magnificent comedy creation'; 'The significant celebrity book this year.' The Guardian
About the Author
Alan Partridge presents Mid Morning Matters on North Norfolk Digital. Broadcaster, writer, motivational speaker, sports fan, thought-leader, businessman and consummate professional, Alan enjoys bitter shandy, high-end knitwear, The Daily Mail newspaper and personal success. He is currently doing very well.
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As one of the most influential and enduring televisual talents in the english speaking world (in the post Trev & Simon / Going Live era), Partridge has again and again defied his critics (both amature and so called professional) and continued on regardless, which is to his credit and testament to his ability to continue on regardless. (anyone who thinks this repetition is lazy use of language, all I would say to this is that a Roget's Thesauraus attitude to journalism and blogging ('web-logging') is all very well and good but sometimes the truth must out and the repetition technique really brings a point home).
(Note to self - check if using brackets within brackets is correct grammer before submitting comment - perhaps rare opportunity to use squiggley brackets?)
However, this otherwise excellent book is badly let down by the decision to go with the Arial typeface. As a man very much of the old school, I feel that Times New Roman would really have offered the kind of classic touch that this potential classic deserves. Whoever made this decision is an utter idiot. I considered deducting a star from my rating because of this, but that seemed unreasonable.
...since the paperbacks of this apparently aren't being sold in the US and I could'a sold it on and recuperated some of the three pounds thirty three I spent on it in a Tesco at midnight a couple of weeks ago. :-)
Some Coogan/Alan Partridge moments are absolutely hilarious. Some Coogan moments (like at points in the tv show "The Trip") are admirably sad, cringe-worthy, and honest. Most kind of miss the mark though (like all of "Dr Horrible's House of Horrible".) When the only character of his that I knew was Partridge, I went to a West End show by Coogan about 12 years ago, expecting it to be really funny, and it wasn't really: 8% amusing or touching, 25% unfunny and pointless, 67% no-great-shakes. That's pretty much been my personal impression of his output since then, so I knew that when I bought this book, but I always give Coogan the benefit of the doubt. [And I thought his private-citizen contributions on "Newsnight" and such about the press-intrusion scandal in the UK were pretty good, especially that time that he sparred with the weaselly, feathered-hair dude from the tabloid world.]
When I bought this book, I was looking for something that would be light and engaging to read on a long overnight flight. When reading it, I chuckled at times, but it wasn't amusing enough for me to keep plugging away with, so I left it half-unread in a hotel room when I had to consolidate my stuff into fewer pieces of luggage. I don't regret not finishing it, but I don't regret having spent a couple of (captive) hours on reading half of it, to give it a chance.
I have this on Kindle, but I would have loved to also get the audio CD. To experience this in Alan's own voice would be ace!