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Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand Paperback – Feb 14 2009

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (Feb. 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170521
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Andrew Gottlieb is a comedy writer with experience in sit coms, feature films, and books. He is currently writing and producing Z Rock, an original TV show that he co-created for the Independent Film Channel.

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After reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, I was keenly interested in seeing what Drink, Play, F@#k might entail. Yes, indeed Drink, Play, F@#k did contain lots about what the title mentions, but I guess I was looking for something a little less on "playing the victim role" from a guys perspective and more on personal development story. After the first few chapters in and with little more than a few "snickers", I came across a few passages that showed the character to be on more a journey of self deprecation rather than one of growth and moving past his recent entanglements. Maybe one needs to be more in the right headspace to appreciate this book, maybe even a little more drunk while perusing the passages of guy on a bender. No matter what or where I was, I would say that Andrew Gottlieb has a way of creating a great sense of personal interaction with his words and writing style that is easy to read but this specific story lacks the lustre that would engage the reader to read past the fifth chapter. If you do get a chance to read this book, I hope that you enjoy it and maybe discover a deeper insight... one more than I did.
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This book was entertaining through every chapter. I couldn't put this book down. I read it while on a road trip and I think I missed out on things because I had my head down reading. This book gives you a great picture in your mind as he travels through Ireland, Vegas, and Thailand. A great read if you're feeling down in the dumps, or if you're looking for huge laughs. I laughed out loud while reading this book. This book reminds me of some of Chelsea Handler's books, but the male verison. If you're looking for an adventure in a book, check it out!
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By Celine79 on Oct. 18 2011
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I'm not sure what possessed me to purchase this book, in hindsight. It was poorly written and did nothing but propogate stereotypes about men and women. Absolute waste of time and I got nothing from this book. Don't waste your money, folks.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c613480) out of 5 stars 57 reviews
49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eefaec4) out of 5 stars Genius. Pure Genius. Wish I'd Thought Of It First. March 23 2009
By A. Revel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Three words for this hysterical, witty, GENIUS novel. 1: Oh. 2: My. 3: God. A satire on the novel Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert), comedian writer Andrew Gottlieb nails the angry husband who takes a year off dedicated to drinking, gambling and, well, f@#king. The protagonist, Bob Sullivan, is in Ireland when he notes that his ex-wife was on "some kind of whirlwind transcontinental spiritual journey. Yet one more idea of mine that she copied that I'll never get any credit for." (page 51). The intrinsic connections to the Eat Pray Love story are masterful without being overwhelming or obvious - so much so, this story would stand alone if you'd never even heard of Eat Pray Love. If every story has two sides, Drink Play F@#k is a convincing version of a scorned husband's tale of a marriage break-up and subsequent quests to discover what really matters in life: happiness.
40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eefaf18) out of 5 stars Don't let the title suck you in...... March 15 2010
By Treeshade Cafe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book to read while on my last beach vacation, and I was lured in by the title "Drink, Play, F@#k. I had not heard of the book "Eat Pray Love", and so I had no basis on the layout, or if it tried to satire the original, if indeed that was the intention.
As noted in a previous review...I too, was hoping for a little more energy, creative storytelling, and "guy talk", but what we received was 38 chapters with no cohesiveness, forced gambling metaphors, and upper-echelon frivolous disrespect for money with the occasional "Dennis Miller-like" caveat on Monday night football....which as we all know does not work.

I stopped reading this book 4 times, but had a 5 hour flight on the way back, I was so bored I finished it.
Here, I will summarize the book into 3 chapters:
Chapter 1 - My wife left me, I have enough money so I went to Ireland and got drunk daily.
Chapter 2 - My wife is still not with me, I have enough money so I went to Las Vegas, made frivoulous wagers, got drunk a lot, and played golf.
Chapter 3 - My wife is still not with me, I have enough money so I went to Thailand, to a ridiculously expensive and exclusive resort, had sex with a young woman, found my morals and my future ex-wife.

I would have tried to sell this book on Amazon, but I threw it in the trash, as I unpacked.
50 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cdd636c) out of 5 stars Adolescent Feb. 12 2010
By Stephen T. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Parody can be the funniest of all types of humor, so it was with high expectations that when I saw the book cover of Andrew Gottlieb's, Drink, Play, [...], as a match to Elizabeth Gilbert's popular Eat, Pray, Love, I picked it up with relish. I had given Gilbert a two-star rating, and never bothered to write a review. Following a divorce, protagonist Bob Sullivan decides to let himself go loose for the first time in his life, and see what happens. His first step was to drink, and he did that with gusto in Ireland, meeting compatible characters and telling stories to all who would listen. I wish this book had such gusto, but the drinking episode came across as maudlin. The pace picked up when Bob heads to Vegas to play, and along the way meets a guru who guides him through the Vegas games. The gambling, golfing and playing had little humor and unexceptional stories. At just the right time, the guru suggests the pleasures of Thailand, and Bob ends up in a remote resort to enjoy great physical satisfaction, until a car accident. While I laughed at times, there just wasn't enough laughter to make the full parody work. By the end of the book, I couldn't care less what happened to Bob.

Rating: One-star (Read only if your interest is strong)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cdd672c) out of 5 stars Mild! Not nearly as edgy as title implies... April 30 2010
By R. Dush - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book, but not great either. With so many other good books out there, don't waste your time with this one.

Before reading, I briefly glanced at some of the Amazon reviews; most were only lukewarm. Thinking the other reviews might have been a bit harsh, I gave the book the benefit of the doubt, purchased, and read. Mistake.

With a word like "f@#k" in the title, I expected the book to be a bit more edgy. What the book delivered was much milder- a recently divorced, middle age man going through somewhat of a midlife crises in the form of one year across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand. Sounds promising and full of potential, right? Nothing nearly as provocative as you might expect. Most of the potentially edgy scenarios are glossed over or omitted entirely. To be fair, some of the vignettes are OK, but again, everything is overall very mild.
28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cdd6810) out of 5 stars Expected Steak, Served Tripe... Aug. 11 2009
By Dan B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The premise of this book is great: parody Eat, Pray, Love. Few books are as ripe for parody as that one. I mean, how can anyone mess that up? Well, Gottlieb did. What he delivers is a sterilized, homogenized, made-for-TV tale of a guy I suspect is really patterned after John Glenn when he was a younger man, but on estrogen. It is obvious this story panders to the female book-buying audience and Bob Sullivan comes off as a made-acceptable character who apologizes constantly for being male. There's no other explanation for the constant I'm-not-really-that-guy disclaimers that quickly become Sullivan's mantra. Well, if he's not that guy then why was he written as the main character? Wouldn't a parody mean he should be the antithesis of the lady from Eat, Pray, Love? Bob Sullivan's friends are right out of a screen writing 101 class, becoming Bob's bad-boy, yet acceptable, yet wouldn't want to marry, guides to the protagonist's journey into his supposed debauchery; the debauchery that never seems to pick up steam or muster any credibility. But there was no real debauchery, except for maybe the frat-boy drinking, which Gottlieb could get away with without turning off a female audience. And there's no f@#king. No there wasn't. A brief yet somehow made-acceptable tryst with the girl from India, and then he falls madly in love while laid up in his sick bed. Yeah, that's real debauchery tempered with an eye toward book sales to the fairer sex. Why am I so disappointed with this book? Because I expected to be at least slightly entertained and never thought I would have my intelligence insulted with such a trite, backpeddling and poorly constructed attempt at parody. And for believing, once again, some glowing reviews without checking to see what other books the reviewers have reviewed. Stupid me.


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