Ultimately, though, Spoiled Rotten America is an insightful, and surprisingly heartfelt, plea for us to notice what's best and worst about ourselves. "The American pendulum only swings to extremes," he says. "The news is on all day, but we know less and less; everyone has a phone but nothing to say. It's all or nothing, and the world is going to Hell in a hand basket. What better time for a collection of comic essays?"
What better time indeed.
©2006 Larry Miller; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
A funny listen. I would have given this one 5 stars, except for Mr. Miller's obsession with "the quickening." It was a real drawback to this book.
CPR. I wanted to like this. I will give anyone who tries to make me laugh a hall-pass, a mulligan and a get out of jail card. But this book just did not do it for me. I probably like my humour sharper and edgier normally although Bob Newhart's book is one of my favourites and he is not exactly Lenny Bruce. I just found the humour in this border-line uncomfortable, like listening to you stuffy head-master trying to be witty.
He sounds like Bill Maher but with a script written by Bill Cosby.
The fact that I did not enjoy it probably says more about me than the book.
I love Larry's stories. He makes you feel like you are living it with him. The bathroom story is the best. It had me in tears. Not to read when you're trying to go to sleep.
If you are a Larry Miller fan, you'll love this. His observations and sense of timing are spot on. Underneath the humor, there's a fair amount of truth. I only wish it was longer. Hey Larry, can you say "Spoiled Rotten America - the Quickening"?
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