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Happiness TM (edition 2002)

by Will Ferguson

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Title:Happiness TM
Authors:Will Ferguson
Info:Canongate Books Ltd (2002), Edition: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, Paperback, 309 pages
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Started off very snarky and funny, loved the satire on writers and publishers, but fell off toward the end when it was all plot. ( )
  sloopjonb | May 24, 2014 |
Unique, intriguing, and funny! This book asks - what would happen if self-help books actually worked? What would happen if everyone became happy? How could you stand it? This is worth reading
  wareagle78 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Imagine what will happens if the ultimate self-help book was really working ... Apparently, it would be hell on earth for the remaining 0,3 % of the population, immune to the Message. Satirical view on what makes us tick and profoundly unique. Funny with some slow passages. ( )
  electrice | Jan 30, 2014 |
Parts did make me laugh, but I found I really skimmed this book. ( )
  allison.sivak | Jul 9, 2013 |
Full of irony and dry humour. In portraying what would happen if a truly successful self-help book was ever published, Ferguson points out many of the idiosyncrasies of books, publishing, consumerism, and life in general. The story is set in the US, but the humour is very Canadian. Tongue in cheek yet truthful all the way. Some good philosophy, too (and some not so good philosophy). A beach read. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Apr 7, 2013 |
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If you’re a writer or a reader or in any way amused at the glut of self-help material available on the market, you simply cannot pass up this book (...) it’s funny and true and scary.
 
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America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. -John Updike.
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Grand Avenue cuts through the very heart of the city, from 71st Street all the way to the harbourfront, and although it is eight lanes wide, with a treed boulevard running down the middle, the Avenue feels claustrophobic and narrow.
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"The Age of Nice is at hand, and there's nothing we can do about it." But the protagonist of Will Ferguson's Happiness, terminally luckless book editor Edwin de Valu, does want to do something. In fact, he feels obliged to put a stop to the Age of Nice, because it's all his fault. Desperate to save a flagging career in the world of self-help publishing, Edwin has staked everything on a dubious, thousand-page manuscript bearing the motto "Live! Love! Learn!" Promising its readers endless wealth, effortless weight loss, and everlasting happiness, the book has become a runaway success. And that's where Edwin's problems really begin. There's the murderous cartel of drug and tobacco barons who want Edwin's head on a plate, as well as the fact that misery, cynicism, irrational hatred, draught beer--all the things that once made Edwin's life as an underdog bearable--have become outlawed. It's down to one man to save the globe from the tyranny of the group hug! But can Edwin do it before the world economy melts down and a bestselling serial killer called Dr. Ethics enacts his own deadly revenge?

It has been said--possibly by the sort of homily-peddling guru that Ferguson attacks so masterfully in his debut novel--that there are many routes to happiness. The general effect of reading this razor-sharp satire on the self-help industry is to understand that these routes lead us nowhere, except perhaps to a cul-de-sac called Hell. This would be depressing to realize, except that Happiness clubs its readers into submission with the sort of zany, almost otherworldly wit that makes us profoundly glad to be alive. --Matthew Baylis, Amazon.co.uk

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Lowly editor Edwin de Valu's life moves at a pretty humdrum pace, until he discovers the manuscript for Tupak Soiree's book on his desk. This self-help tome is different--it actually works. And soon the world turns upside down thanks to the advice of this mysterious guru.… (more)

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