Adolescent. 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, F@#k", 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)
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