A Horse Walks Into A Bar

A Horse Walks Into A Bar

Book - 2017
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"A stand-up comedian recalls some of his darkest moments and traumatic memories from childhood on stage in front of a live audience"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780451493972
0451493974
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Jessica (Translator)

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mclarjh
Sep 26, 2017

The story is very unpleasant. I have to admit it's well written, but to what end? I felt like an outsider looking in.

AL_WENDY Jul 24, 2017

This book has a lot of layers and I must admit it took awhile to grow on me. In a strangely fascinating way, a whole life story is woven into an evening of really bad stand-up comedy. Not for those looking for a lighthearted read!

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rosfrankl
Jul 16, 2017

This book is very depressing. The comedian is the cliche clown with a tear in his eye. He admits that his humour is mean and not funny. The book explains how he got that way and it paints a sad picture of human nature, both cruel and cowardly.

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Fujioka
Jul 14, 2017

Funny, dark, sad, and engaging. The comedian's past explicates his behavior as an adult. He is both mean and kind, a description that fits all of us.

Very dark humour and often bawdy jokes which I found offensive. Unless you are a fan of that unstructured stand up comedy where the comedian insults people in the audience, this is not a comfortable read. It is not a good platform to get across the message of suffering and hopelessness that the comedian feels for life. So ok for a select audience but not my cup of tea.

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bixbyjim
Jun 13, 2017

The only thing good about this book is its title. It went downhill from there.

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nellybells
Apr 27, 2017

This the most difficult read I can recall for a book where I soldiered on to the end despite feeling assaulted. First I tried the print book and I couldn't get the voice so I moved to the audiobook. I encourage readers to read The Guardian review.
The book takes place in the course of about two hours. A stand-up comic in a club in Netanya is not very funny. With demented glee he harangues, harasses and bombards his audience with coarseness and a few funny jokes and bit by bit his autobiography. What happened to him is a looming presence. I stayed with the book because I just had to know where it would go.
Again I want to stress that it's not an easy read. Some love it, others don't.

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amanoletters99
Mar 06, 2017

The first 30 pages of this book were difficult, in that it was just plain stupid. I had to stop. I wish the publisher had been more thoughtful and saved a few trees instead of publishing this piece of junk. Comedians who base their entire act on insulting the audience need to shut up, leave the business to the pros and do something else where they don't get to talk, like this author.

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