You. Guys. I understand that I am a Person Of Hyperbole, and that you might find it hard to take me seriously when I tell you that this is the literal best.
Ok it may not be the perfect book (probably it is), but it is my perfect book. English literature! Allusions! Swears! This is the first book that I’ve read and then re-read on three consecutive days. And due to the modern miracle of Mallory Ortberg already being REALLY VERY THERE on the internet, there’s a super simple way to figure out if you’re going to like this book.
Question A: Do you enjoy this? Or this? Or THESE, MANY OF WHICH ARE ACTUALLY IN THE BOOK??
Question B: Have you read books? Like, any books. Don Quixote? Gone with the Wind? The poems of Emily Dickinson? Sweet Valley High? THE LORAX? Or I mean do you at least know a few things about books? Because I’mma be honest, a lot of the humor depends on a passing familiarity with the text. I haven’t read Moby Dick but I have the basic idea so I got the jokes. I know nothing about Atlas Shrugged except CAPITALISM so I was kind of like, Ehhhhh. I’m still cry-laughing about Wuthering Heights. I want to quote that whole chapter for you right here, now, it’s that good.
ANNNNNYway, if you answered ‘yes’ to both A and B, you’re in pretty good stead. In fact, the amount that you found A funny is kiiiiiind of almost exactly how much funny you’re going to find the book, them being written by the same person, and all.
Play us out, Fassbender.
It really is.