Il compito di Edwin de Valu, giovane editor in una casa editrice newyorkese, quello di pubblicare manuali di autoaiuto, metter mano nel pigna purulenta di manoscritti che arrivano non richiesti in un flusso ininterrotto e di scrivere lettere di cortese rifiuto ai loro autori Ed proprio questa pigna purulenta che Edwin sta esaminando di corsa una mattina, prima di unIl compito di Edwin de Valu, giovane editor in una casa editrice newyorkese, quello di pubblicare manuali di autoaiuto, metter mano nel pigna purulenta di manoscritti che arrivano non richiesti in un flusso ininterrotto e di scrivere lettere di cortese rifiuto ai loro autori Ed proprio questa pigna purulenta che Edwin sta esaminando di corsa una mattina, prima di una riunione, scrivendo una lettera via l altra, fino a quando s imbatte in un dattiloscritto elefantiaco, di mille pagine, intitolato Quello che ho imparato sulla montagna Irritato, oltre che dalla mole, anche dal tono dell autore, Edwin cestina il libro e manda via la lettera con insolita solerzia prima di catapultarsi in riunione, dove, con orrore, scopre di dover trovare un bestseller in tempi rapidissimi cos che, dopo diverse peripezie, il mostruoso dattiloscritto diventa un libro che ai lettori promette aiuto in ogni aspetto della vita, dal peso al sesso, dall alcol al fumo, dall autostima al guadagno In breve, promette di rendere tutti felici Attraverso un inesorabile tam tam fra i lettori, il libro esplode, ne vengono vendute milioni di copie e il mondo si trasforma davvero in un luogo dannatamente felice Con il conseguente crollo dei rami d industria sorti per andare incontro alle insoddisfazioni dell esistenza palestre, centri fitness, moda, tabacco, alcol, droga ecc Con acutezza, sarcasmo e senso dell umorismo Ferguson prende in giro il mondo dell editoria, gli scrittori e i lettori di manuali di aiutoaiuto, la filosofia new age e lo spasmodico edonismo dei nostri tempi Trecento pagine avvincenti come un thriller, ma anche colme di un amarezza mascherata dall ironia la civilt occidentale cresciuta spinta dal desiderio di felicit che, se veramente raggiunta, sembra invece portare all annullamento dell uomo.
Felicit Il compito di Edwin de Valu giovane editor in una casa editrice newyorkese quello di pubblicare manuali di autoaiuto metter mano nel pigna purulenta di manoscritti che arrivano non richiesti in un
4.5 starsAs much as I enjoy quirky satire, few books have consistently made me laugh and think like Will Ferguson s 2001 unexpected albeit a wee bit dated delight Happiness TM , a book that hilariously yet poignantly eviscerates Americans consumerist bent and the pursuit of happiness at any cost He focuses his sights on the publishing world specifically the Random Houses and HarperCollinses and Simon Schusters responsible for churning out Self Help books everything from fad diet rehashes and Chi [...]
I bought this book on a whim It was hardback, categorized under Psychology and it had its price dropped from 24 to 9 leva which is about 4.50 I liked its name and cover so I took it Later on, I remembered the last time I did that I was unpleasantly surprised by a chick lit with no literary value whatsoever The sole reason I chose that book was its title Wish Me Sunflowers , which, I later discovered, was a huge mistranslation Really, what does this have to do with Remember Me Thinking about that [...]
Hate overly buzzed out on bliss New Agers constantly trying to choke you with Depak Chopra and Conversations with God Tired of colon clensings, mediums, crystal chakra aligning, only thing positive , doped out on wheat grass leisure class America Me too.Read this book It s hilarious, it s realistic in the most outrageously allegorical way , it s snappy and ugly, it s pissed off and dejected, it s decadent and insecure It s hellbent on showing that real life is grand and spectacular, even if it s [...]
Forget the problem of evil The problem of goodness gets all the attention lately Nick Hornby took a stab with How To Be Good, a comic novel just out in paperback that shows the destruction of an average family when Dad devotes his life to charity Carol Shields s recent Unless pursues essentially the same plot, but this time, it s the daughter who disrupts life with her decision to drop out of college and pursue virtue And now, let s all give a warm Monitor hug to Happiness TM , a zany comedy by [...]
A very funny and witty book about a low level editor at a fictional Publishers in NYC, that gets handed a huge paper manuscript, that turns into the world s most phenomenal Self Help book of all time How this all happens is the hilarious and somewhat suspenseful story within Problems occur however, when everyone stops smoking, drinking, eating, etc and the world economy starts to tank Who s going to find the real author, oops and stop the wild circus ride Edwin de Valu, that s who The low level [...]
Here is the reason that this book is so wonderful Quoting a passage from the book as long as I don t get slapped with a huge fine for copyright infringement And let s keep the total length of the book to 356 pages exactly That s the average for current bestsellers So make sure it comes in exactly what did I say Three hundred and fifty six pages Okay, Edwin At which point I stop reading and think to myself, I wonder if and then I proceed to turn all the way to the back of the book and look at how [...]
Wry and funny and quite frankly just bloody marvelous Perfect for anyone involved in any way in the creating, marketing and selling of books And bang on commentary on the self help book market It is absolute perfection.Thoroughly enjoyed the Caveat Emptor, the alternate ending which quite frankly will be truly appreciated by most Canadians well except for maybe those from Quebec Ok and got a kick about the line with Stephen King in Bett s Bookstore which I have been to Favorite Quotes Join the c [...]
Una novela disfrutable, muy divertida Sin embargo tiene algunos huecos que no decido si son asunto de verosimilitud Ciertos conceptos no me resultaron convincentes Por qu Edwin y el se or Mead son inmunes al poder del libro Qu pas con los intelectuales , tambi n se fueron de pesca , eran inmunes tambi n Qu no era May una persona inteligente Las personas inteligentes no leen superaci n personal y si lo hacen, no se dejan lavar el coco.Aciertos el tono pesimista, el sentido del humor, el ritmo gil [...]
Loved it And I think working at chapters just made it enjoyable Being faced with so manyo many self help books and their readers, I felt like I could relate to Edwin At times I couldn t help myself but break into hysterics over some little quip The underlying themes were quite sad and heavy How we are destined to be unhappy and discontented and constantly search for satisfaction and, in fact, that is what makes our world go roundt, as I was reading, I felt comforted by that It was as if he was [...]
Crazy, stupid, funny book I hella enjoyed Ferguson s sarcastic sense of humor and ridiculous story A commentary on our plastic culture and crappy books There was a portion of the book that lost a little steam so I couldn t give it 5 starts but besides that it was a great read I d love to burn one down with this guy.
Molto, molto divertente, caustica e piena di trovate la prima parte, peccato che verso la fine l autore si conceda qualche lungaggine e qualche predica di troppo, e il ritmo e lo humor ne risentano.
N o achei piada nenhuma e senti me ludibriada pela sinopse que prometia uma divertid ssima s tira e usou palavras como hilariante Onde
Some clever stuff, genuinely funny at times, but the story drags on a little and the end of the world stuff is maybe a bit of a letdown.To summarize, a self help book actually works and mostly solves everyone s problems, but the protagonist realizes that the world is left in this kind of purgatory and that being content and satisfied with all things in life isn t natural or even desirable The main point is that the pursuit of happiness is what drives us, not the actual happiness TM This is a goo [...]
Este livro, que pode parecer ser de auto ajuda, na realidade uma s tira a todos os livros do g nero e industria envolvente e relata nos o que aconteceria se realmente existisse um livro desses que funcionasse O efeito que isso teria.Acaba por focar aspectos importantes da sociedade actual e consegue faz lo de uma forma engra ada.H quem o tenha achado hilariante, eu s achei uma leitura leve Contudo s a minha perspectiva DN o foi t o bom como eu pensava que seria ap s ver v rias cr ticas Talvez eu [...]
I chanced upon this book while browsing at a bookstore and when I read Anthony Bourdain s praise about this book at the front cover, I knew I have to have this I am a big fan of satirical form of writing and this book does not disappoint me.Happiness is elusive and everyone seems to be in search of it and just when you thought that this book is all about it, you are wrong This novel would show you what would happen in the event that a self help book about finding happiness would really work What [...]
Troublemakers grow up to become priests and politicians and social reformers They are always meddling in other people s lives Hellraisers don t meddle They rage and roar, and they celebrate life and they mourn its shortness Hellraisers destroy only themselves, and they do it because they love life too much to fall asleep To the written word To characters who exist only on the printed page To characters who exist only in books and aren t even aware of it who exist only on the printed page, yet li [...]
A cynical, satirical novel about what would happen to the world if self help books actually worked The book pulls no punches making fun of every aspect of the self help and enlightenment industry, not to mention big publishing houses, marketing, and office work in general It s an entertaining read but very bleak humour and the ending felt a little flat and anticlimactic Although this book seems to have won the Stephen Leacock award for humour , I would actually recommend the author s earlier boo [...]
La historia de Happiness parte de la publicaci n de un libro de autoayuda que se convierte en el xito editorial del milenio, ya que consigue la Felicidad para todo el mundo Qu sucede entonces Obviamente la sociedad capitalista se viene abajo yCr tica del mundo editorial, de los libros de autoayuda y de los valores de las sociedades actuales especialmente, de Estados Unidos , todo ello impregnado de un gran sentido del humor.
There, stacked high on his desk, was a tower of paper Thick slabs of manuscript Slush Unsolicited, unagented, unloved This was where dreams came to die Book proposals, cover letters, entire manuscripts they gathered like so much detritus on the desks of publishers everywhere My favorite kind of book a story about book publishers and the making of titles A laugh out loud portrait of our industry Highly recommended for editors everywhere.
What a fun read I loved the story, the plot, the wry humour and the very satyrical take on the self help books industry Happiness also reminded me of books by Max Barry Jennifer Governement, Syrup and Company , which I love I ll make sure to watch out for books by Will Ferguson in the future
Interesting premise but actually quite boring I lost interest about halfway through but ploughed on as it was a bookclub read The writing style is satirical and there are some vaguely amusing bits but it just wasn t gripping at all.
Read up to page 107, leafed through the rest.
I ve read a lot of books and this is my favourite book of all time I read it in one sitting It s so underrated and really difficult to find but give it a chance, I promise you ll love it
La idea de esta novela est bien Un tipo misterioso escribe el libro de autoayuda definitivo Un libro que funciona y que deja a todo el mundo en estado de perpetua armon a con el universo Cualquiera puede enriquecerse, adelgazar, dejar de fumar, conseguir sus metas Cu l es el problema Pues que el mundo de la moda, las tabacaleras, los gimnasios, los publicistas, los fabricantes de licores, cosm ticos y de miles de productos que buscan tapar nuestras carencias se van al carajo, y con ellos sus tra [...]
I want to give it than 4 stars but not quite 5 stars 5 stars are for books like To Kill a Mockingbird and Lies My Teacher Told Me and Letters from the Earth Happiness does not quite go to those heights but there are very few books that have made me laugh out loud so heartily or so often as this one did You already know every character in this book under one name or another from your own day to day and just like in the book, those people will surprise you sometimes In these days of digital media [...]
Questo rappresenta la mia rivelazione del 2017, trovato in una feltrinelli rimasto come ultima copia.E un romanzo bellissimo, si legge tutto d un fiato, scorrevole.Parte dall inefficacia e ridicolezza dei manuali di autoaiuto americani per spostarsi su alcune tematiche interessanti riguardanti la societ moderna, il tutto in una trama che conquista dopo i primi capitoli.Una di quelle letture che lascia senz altro qualche spunto di riflessione.
Edwin de Valu is a now level publishing editor of self help books He has hundreds of manuscripts daily One catches his eye What I Learned on the Mountain by Tupak Soiree, but he tosses it When his boss demands a book, Edwin searches and finds it It becomes a best seller, changing the world As people become happy they stop using and buying things alcohol, cigarettes, etc The world economy crashes Edwin searches for the author and, after crazy events and adventures, saves the day.
I wanted to like this book I almost did There were too many inconsistencies in style, between 1st person and outside observer And I thought the references to real people were funny, but only because I recognized who they were supposed to be.I kept thinking this was really funny to book editors and publishers, but I was missing something extra salient.
An unusual book Amusing, surprising, weird Philosophical too It reminded me of other discussions about free will If everything in life was good, a perpetual Garden of Eden, what would be left of life We need to be able to make our own decisions, to screw up, sometimes royally, or life becomes empty Too much happiness is not really happiness at all.
This is one crazy ass book A clever premise, good writing and ridiculousness all come together to make a thoughtfully funny read What would happen if we lost our drive to succeed, if we were content with where we are and what we have How would this affect the economy, the environment and our relationships You ll have to read it.