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Dirk Danger Loves Life

by Chris Rothe

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The plot of Dirk Danger Love Lifes is pretty straight forward, our protagonist is a young man who’s finding that he’s a bit rubbish at pretty much everything he turns his hand to. He’s lost countless jobs, is about to be evicted and can’t even keep his pet fish alive. So he responds to an advert that leads him to talk to Dirk Danger and agrees to meet with him and tell him just how much he sucks at life, and Dirk in turn decides he’s going to take on the he responsibility for fixing our nameless protagonist’s life.

The book then follows this plan of action through, and that’s when things really take a turn for the strange. Dirk Danger’s plan involves a series of lessons that seem utterly random, but as the story progresses slowly start to fall into place. There are bits of the story however that I still haven’t quite been able to make my mind up about, the fox and the walrus for instance, but after trying really hard to work them out I realised that it didn’t really matter.

Along with the two main characters in the book there are a number of more minor characters who appear throughout the book. I liked the way that even a character who only appeared briefly once of twice was created in such a way that I had a clear idea of them.

Whilst this book is in places rather bizarre, it is ultimately a rather positive, almost nurturing read. The final chapter in particular leaves you feeling really glad that you’ve read the book. I certainly felt entirely satisfied as I read the final page. ( )
  juniperjungle | Apr 16, 2013 |
The plot of Dirk Danger Love Lifes is pretty straight forward, our protagonist is a young man who’s finding that he’s a bit rubbish at pretty much everything he turns his hand to. He’s lost countless jobs, is about to be evicted and can’t even keep his pet fish alive. So he responds to an advert that leads him to talk to Dirk Danger and agrees to meet with him and tell him just how much he sucks at life, and Dirk in turn decides he’s going to take on the he responsibility for fixing our nameless protagonist’s life.

The book then follows this plan of action through, and that’s when things really take a turn for the strange. Dirk Danger’s plan involves a series of lessons that seem utterly random, but as the story progresses slowly start to fall into place. There are bits of the story however that I still haven’t quite been able to make my mind up about, the fox and the walrus for instance, but after trying really hard to work them out I realised that it didn’t really matter.

Along with the two main characters in the book there are a number of more minor characters who appear throughout the book. I liked the way that even a character who only appeared briefly once of twice was created in such a way that I had a clear idea of them.

Whilst this book is in places rather bizarre, it is ultimately a rather positive, almost nurturing read. The final chapter in particular leaves you feeling really glad that you’ve read the book. I certainly felt entirely satisfied as I read the final page. ( )
  juniperjungle | Apr 16, 2013 |
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This is the story of a young man who essentially is a failure at everything he attempts. Down on his luck, our protagonist calls a number off a flyer and meets Dirk Danger, who proceeds to give our hero a series of life lessons. Although fun and quirky at points, overall the work felt laboured, and I was happy enough to put this one down. ( )
  Meggo | Jan 12, 2013 |
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This is the story of a young twenty-something who "sucks at life" and finds himself befriended by a good-doer eccentric who invites him into his home and then aspires to turn his life around.

The novel reads like a comedic self-help book with intermittent chapters filled to the brim with genuine dispair, as if it can't decide what it wants to be. Is it a humorous book? A self-help book? A serious novel about hitting rock bottom? A strange combination of the three? Yes, I suppose it is.

For a book that relies heavily on dialogue, the character's voices are flat and all sound the same - witty and overly confident with a heaping side of sarcasm - which works strongly against the individual character development and makes it hard to engage with the characters.

Overall, I think this novel would work better as a quirky independent comedy film rather than a book. Maybe the author should give Diablo Cody a call. ( )
  TiffanyHickox | Jan 31, 2012 |
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Usually I would never review a book that I hadn't finished reading, but I received this book for LibraryThing Early Reviewers, and I would never not review one of those books, so I thought I'd say a few brief words on why I could only make it through one-third of 'Dirk Danger Loves Life' before closing its cover for good...

Overall, there was just nothing in this novel that grabbed me. The characters were either exaggerated and unbelievable or underdeveloped and unsympathetic. I had no emotional investment in the novel's protagonist, and no interest in the novel's namesake, Dirk Danger. On top of this, the central conflict of the novel---the protagonist is a loser---was utterly trifling. The actual text of the book was heavily dialogue-based, and not particularly engaging or intriguing dialogue at that. There were a few humorous moments, but most of the jokes felt stale to me, and the book's various attempts at moralizing came off as sophomoric and trite.

Other readers seem to have enjoyed 'Dirk Danger', though, as the other reviews here attest. So maybe it was just me. ( )
  williecostello | Oct 11, 2011 |
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Dirk Danger Loves Life, the dbut novel by Chris Rothe, is a comedic tale of a sad little man who cannot function in any self-sufficient capacity. As his life swirls down the drain, serendipity provides a phone number that launches him into the world of Dirk Danger.I had walked through the door feeling like a little shit when Dirk had asked me from the kitchen how things had gone. It was getting late and he had started on dinner.I vandalized public property and yelled at a bum, I said.Dirk stopped stirring some pasta and looked at me blankly. I see... he said. So it went well then?What follows is a not-so-typical coming of age story involving scuba gear, terrible poetry, a fish eulogy, a walrus, pop music, terrible puns, marijuana, a fake attorney, homelessness, death, and far, far too much pornography. The road to recovery is a twisted and ridiculous one indeed.… (more)

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