Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal
Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal
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My Booky Wook was one of the most revered and successful celebrity autobiographies of all time (not including the Bible or anything by Oprah). The honesty, mayhem, and scandal made it as riveting and fanciful as anything found in fiction.
In Booky Wook 2, this award-winning achievement is surpassed as Russell charts his rise from crack-house junky to Hollywood star, indulging in sexual excesses that make Caligula seem like a prudish spinster. On his quest to find true love, Russell encountered thousands of women, often three or four at a time (for efficiency), and his dizzying ambition led to chaos and controversy that could have landed him in prison and left the BBC in ruins.
This is the story of what happens when insatiable desire meets limitless opportunity and when a punk from the wrong side of the tracks is given the keys to the palace. This riot of self-indulgence would be rampaging still but for a tossed bottle to the head from one of the world's biggest pop stars.
Can true love conquer all? Is it a more powerful force than the raging libido of a professional madman? The answer lies inside.
|Publication Date:||October 12, 2010|
|Product Length:||9.25 inches|
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|Product Weight:||1.12 pounds|
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36 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Tongue-in-Cheeky Oct 19, 2010
By Lillian, author: My Name is Lillian & I'm an alcoholic (and an Atheist)
If you want more Russell Brand (and don't we all?), this book delivers. It picks up where Booky Wook leaves off and offers readers a bacchanalia of wily words. While parts of the text are certainly from his stand-up act, and they are very funny, this is no transcription. Who knew that doing Shakespeare with Helen Mirren could be so comical?
If you're looking for a recovery story it's here. Sex is the drug this time. Brand, who is a self-aware fame-seeker, traded crack and heroin for acting out compulsively with hundreds (thousands?) of women. His behavior didn't begin after sobriety, but it moved to center stage in his life. What is most fascinating is that by producing this book he allows himself time for some reflection on the question.
Because he lives his life so publically, readers won't be surprised by his sexual activities, but they may be impressed by his boundless energy. What he communicates is his ultimate disillusionment with his hot pool of dirty deeds.
If you don't want to laugh, don't buy this book. There are passages that are filled with tear-inducing hilarity. But the fact is that Brand is not simply a clown.
Sometimes Brand makes it seem like fabulous opportunities fall down from the sky like delightful puffs of snow, but I suspect that hard work, hours of improv training, innate (not inane) talent, and the generous support of his minions are the reason for his success. As he says: "Life is not a postcard of life, life is essential and about detail, minutiae and trivia."
I suspect we will continue to see additions in the Booky Wook series as Brand continues to evolve.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
entertaining Oct 29, 2010
By Alla S.
"My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal" by Russell Brand, is the sequel to his "My Booky Wook," which detailed his pre-fame life as a struggling comedian. Consequently, "My Booky Wook 2" delves into his rise as an actor and stand-up comedian in England, and, thanks to his newfound film roles in Judd Apatow comedies, the U.S. I read the original "My Booky Wook," and was intrigued by his stories, and was therefore curious about this sequel.
Unlike the first book, Brand no longer discusses his drug troubles (he's been sober for eight years), hanging out with the homeless (having been nearly homeless himself, at one point), or his hard road to "making it," but does reflect upon his new celebrity status, influential friends, and his transatlantic journey to the U.S. The first half of the book discusses his experiences in Britain, while the second half concentrates on the U.S.
While Brand was big in Britain, he was a relative unknown in the U.S. until his gig hosting the MTV Music awards in 2008. The chapter discussing his MTV hosting experience was particularly hilarious, as Brand includes the transcripts of some of the hate mail he received post-Awards, and his replies. However, behind the scenes Brand's life wasn't as funny--his team was horrified that his controversial antics at the awards could be the end of his US career.
In the book, Brand also includes his experience starring in comedies like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek" (where he co-starred with P. Diddy), meeting wife Katy Perry, and how Adam Sandler helped jumpstart his career in America. Overall, I thought it was an entertaining read.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
An Incendiary Barrel Of Glamorous Vicissitudes Oct 10, 2010
By Big Fingers Jefferson
I recently sauntered into a bookshop while I was squandering my precious youth between classes, and I noticed a rack covered in Russell Brand's well-barbered mug. These brown and gold paperbacks bore the title, Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal. Having read (and adored) his first memoir entitled, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-up, I naturally bought the book immediately. I read it in two days, and I was not disappointed.
Brand is astoundingly clever, highly engaging, with a vocabulary to rival the Oxford dictionary. His yarns are nothing short of mind-blowing at the worst of times. Only a creative mind such as his could hold my unwavering interest whilst recounting a threesome with a film extra and an English bulldog with a propensity for rimming. In this sequel to his award-winning memoir, Brand gives an account of his post-junky days, leading up to the current height of his stardom, and his fall from the title of sex monster into the gaping, jagged jaws of love.
BW2's only downfall lies in the realisation that many of the hilariously deviant anecdotes are taken directly, often verbatim, from Brand's stand-up routines. While it doesn't constitute plagiarism, it was a smidgen of a let-down.
Brand's flash bulb-laden ascent into international stardom is intimately and humourously shared by the author. This includes inumerable sexual endeavours, on-stage (and on-air) battles, and dabblings into cinema
BW2 is an incredibly fluid read with an ambiance of a personal pub conversation with a learned Grays vagabond.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Entertaining but seemed like he'd never run it by an editor. Jul 31, 2011
By Laura R
I read the original Booky Wook last year and enjoyed it and bought this book because I wanted to hear his take on things like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the VMA fiasco, etc. I'm not a rabid Russell Brand fan but I enjoy his humor most of the time and find him interesting so I've watched quite a bit of his recent stand-up.
One of the disappointments for me in reading this book was how much of it came directly, word for word, from stand-up routines of his that I'd already seen. Not even just from obscure random pub performances, but his from Comedy Central specials that most fans of his have probably seen. It was a little disappointing to realize at times that a whole page or two of writing, I'd already heard.
Another thing that bugged me were misspelled last names and titles that maybe were supposed to be a joke, maybe not. But referring to Gael Garcia Bernal as Gael Garcia Brunel isn't exactly a knee-slapper so I don't know. There were just a bunch of little errors like this that aren't each a deal-breaker in themselves but it made you wonder how much editing this book actually saw. Beyond that, at times it was a little uneven and almost read like he'd written the entire book in one sitting and just sent his first draft off for publishing without being checked for unity or coherence.
Also I was really looking forward to his writing about his relationship with Katy Perry, since he'd struggled with sex addiction and was a chronic womanizer it just seemed like a total 180 for him to become monogamous so quickly. But very little writing is actually devoted to this dramatic change so that left me disappointed.
However the book is really funny and I really enjoyed getting his perspective on the events and films that made him famous here in the US more earnestly than you can get from a stand-up routine. Also the writing style stays very true to his delivery style so it's easy to read the text as though he's actually speaking it to you.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Worthwile read Feb 11, 2011
Thoroughly entertaining, but not for the faint of heart. Brand recounts his wild nights and crazy escapades in hilarious detail, true to form. At times it can be hard to distinguish Russell Brand the character, from Russell Brand the person, but maybe they're not really all that different, and that's part of what makes him so endearing. Always cheeky but also surprisingly honest, he picks up where the first book left off and talks about his rise to fame in America, sex addiction, drug use, and journey for sobriety. Great follow-up to the first one.
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