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Happiness TM by Will Ferguson

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
Collections:Read but unowned, Stewart's Read
Tags:Y02, fiction

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Happiness by Will Ferguson

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I had a good time reading this story of the creation of a self-help book that actually works. the characters are well drawn, and the pace is firm. I look forward to another book by the same author. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 17, 2016 |
Edwin is a very bitter individual who works at a major publishing firm. He is over worked, underpaid, perpetually drinking and smoking and has deadlines set for him that are unreasonable. One day a self-help manuscript lands on his desk in which promises to help readers lose weight, stop smoking, have great sex and find inner peace. Edwin dismisses the book to be hogwash, but in order to make one of those unreasonable deadlines set against him, he allows it out to be published. But instead of What I learned on the Mountain becoming a sad, unknown little failure, it becomes hugely popular, sending Edwin in a tailspin of ugly and unwanted successes.

http://tinyurl.com/p5tvyvn ( )
  steven.buechler | Sep 1, 2015 |
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)

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"Join the club," said Mr. Mead. "That's the way it always goes. At some point, you outgrow your generation. Or it outgrows you."

"I know. You wouldn't think killing a tax auditor would be a felony. A misdemeanor, maybe, but not a felony."

"Two million years of human evolution, 500,000 years of language, 450 years of modern English. The rich heritage of Shakespeare and Wordsworth at his beck and call, and all that Edwin could come up with was "shit".

Thanks Chelsea for the recommendation ( )
  mountie9 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Il problema di codesto libro e' smettere di leggerlo. E' inevitabile l'assonanza con l'umorismo di Moore o di Pratchett - anche se ovviamente diverso da entrambi. Bellissime caratterizzazioni e trama geniale - sopratutto per come finisce. Bellissimo il ricordo di Reed.
Rimane la curiosità per il meccanismo di arricchimento in una settimana, che mi piacerebbe tanto testare... ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
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 |
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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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"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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