Happiness When an enormous self help manuscript lands on Edwin de Valu s desk it seems destined for the trash can The trouble is this doorstopper is a unique thing a self help book that actually works and bef

  • Title: Happiness
  • Author: Will Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9780060525101
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • When an enormous, self help manuscript lands on Edwin de Valu s desk, it seems destined for the trash can The trouble is this doorstopper is a unique thing a self help book that actually works and before Edwin knows it, a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just for his own life, but for the world at large.

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    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 re [...]

    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"?!) [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 lo [...]

    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 [...]

    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"J [...]

    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 qué Edwin y el señor Mead son inmunes al "poder" del libro? ¿Qué pasó con los intelectuales?, ¿también se fueron de pesca?, ¿eran inmunes también? ¿Qué no era May una persona inteligente? Las personas inteligentes no leen superación personal (y si lo hacen, no se dejan lavar el coco).Aciertos: el tono pesimista, e [...]

    Loved it. And I think working at chapters just made it more 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 [...]

    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.

    Não achei piada nenhuma e senti-me ludibriada pela sinopse que prometia "uma divertidíssima sátira" 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 [...]

    Este livro, que pode parecer ser de auto-ajuda, é na realidade uma sátira a todos os livros do género e à 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 fazê-lo de uma forma engraçada.Há quem o tenha achado hilariante, eu só achei uma leitura leve. Contudo é só a minha perspectiva ;DNão foi tão bom como eu pensava que seria após ver [...]

    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. W [...]

    "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 p [...]

    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 [...]

    La historia de "Happiness" parte de la publicación de un libro de autoayuda que se convierte en el éxito editorial del milenio, ya que consigue la Felicidad™ para todo el mundo. ¿Qué sucede entonces? Obviamente la sociedad capitalista se viene abajo yCrítica 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.

    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 está 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 armonía con el universo. Cualquiera puede enriquecerse, adelgazar, dejar de fumar, conseguir sus metas. ¿Cuál es el problema? Pues que el mundo de la moda, las tabacaleras, los gimnasios, los publicistas, los fabricantes de licores, cosméticos y de miles de productos que buscan tapar nuestras carencias se van al carajo, y con e [...]

    I want to give it more 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 di [...]

    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 società 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.

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