This is the first time that I have read a book from the ‘Dark humour’ genre. The book Do Not Feed the Clown is written by Matt Nagin, who is an actor, poet, educator, and standup comedian. The book description says that the book
“is a box full of satirical delights and irreverent parodies. Consisting of 34 short works that highlight the absurdities of our socio-political climate and tackles the mayhem of our news cycle and the inconsistencies of cultural norms.”
When I read the book, some of the references completely went over my head and I could not quite understand some of the chapters. So, I decided to keep a count of how many chapters I would absolutely enjoy while reading (for the purpose of providing an honest review). It turned out that out of 34 chapters, 17 chapters gave me much delight. I absolutely enjoyed them. I will list 8 out of my 17 favorites here:
- Brutally honest marketing copies.
- Rejection letters for famous authors.
- Roasts gone bonkers !!! (Happens a lot in India haha)
- Letters from the management.
- Gay conversion therapy 2.0
- The secret diary of Tim Cook.
- New protocols at ABC.
- Horrible platitudes.
Here is an excerpt from the chapter horrible platitudes, which gives reason as to why that platitude is false:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: What if you’re standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon? A single step and you’ll be flattened like a pancake. A thousand-mile journey my ass!”
I had a lot of fun reading this witty book and coming to think of it, has any stand-up comedian catered to the needs of book readers before? If yes, kindly mention them in the comments below, I would love to read them. Book blogging has provided me with the opportunity to read this book as I got an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book also discusses some extreme issues. The author has provided a satirical account of the disturbing issues that we come across daily either in news or in our surroundings. So many diverse topics have been dealt with, some light and some serious. The author touches on sensitive issues through humour. You may not like reading some chapters because they deal with uncomfortable issues which people generally don’t talk about. The book is bold in the sense that it included those uncomfortable topics and made them part of the discussion.
In spite of all the incomprehensible references and uncomfortable issues, the parodies, satires, humorous monologues, witty and clever remarks were an absolute delight to read. I would give Do Not Feed the CLown a 4 out of 5 stars and take away that 1 star because I didn’t understand some of the references and couldn’t enjoy a few chapters.
I would recommend this book to those:
- who have a sense of humour,
- can read with an open mind,
- don’t get offended easily and,
- can handle profanity and inappropriate language (both of which you will find in some chapters).
At last, I would say that it is possible that you won’t enjoy few chapters. I recommended moving on to the next because there are plenty of chapters and I am sure there is one for everyone. I ended up absolutely enjoying half of the chapters, you may end up enjoying more than me (or in some cases less). Those who enjoy watching stand-up comedies will definitely enjoy half of the book or maybe more.
Thank you for reading my book review, I hope it was helpful to you.
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