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Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal - Russell Brand
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Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal - Russell Brand
Date: 06/05/11, updated on 10/10/13 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Has the distinctive 'voice' of Russell Brand narrating events
Disadvantages: Dull, tedious to read due to the writing style, not enough of interest
I'm not a big reader of autobiographies in general but do have a certain interest in Russell Brand and his own distinctive style of humour. When my husband bought a copy of Russel Brand's Booky Wook 2 home from the library, I started to flick through it and ended up reading it before he did.
Thanks to the rather unimaginative title, it is clear to see that this is a sequel to Russell Brand's first autobiography, 'My Booky Wook.' The first title was humourous enough but I think he could perhaps have come up with something slightly more original than sticking a two at the end of the title to introduce his sequel! This book clearly follows on the first (which I haven't read) and starts from the point at which Russell Brand has acknowledged his issues with drugs and alcohol and has started to clean up his act. He is also just breaking into the show business industry and this books charts his rise from obscure stand up comedian to a relatively well known presenter and now a Hollywood actor.
The style in which the book is written is unmistakably Russell Brand with the writing mimicking his style of talking in quite a convuluted style. I find his humour works well on stage (or on television) but it made reading the book quite difficult at times, as it isn't a particularly well flowing style of writing. The 'stream of consciousness' style ramblings did give this a real sense of authenticity, however, and it certainly came across as genuinely being Brand's own words. I don't think anybody else would be able to ramble on quite so much and actually say so little!
Most of the stuff surrounding his upbringing and much publicised problems with drugs seem to have been dealt with in the first book, which is a bit of a shame as, to be brutally honest, I would imagine that those stories would actually be far more interesting than what is left behind - a relatively dull account of Brand's career to date. There are a few bits of interest and a fair amount of name dropping as Brand gets to hang out with other celebrities, including Kate Moss at the beginning of the story. There is a certain element of kissing and telling but nothing explicit or overly personal is revealed. He does admit sleeping with her but I think that was pretty common knowledge already and there is nothing untoward or particularly shocking about his 'relationship' (such as it was) with Moss. There are certainly no saucy details to get worked up about as Brand's description of bedroom affairs and his many sexual conquests is fairly perfunctory.
One thing I was surprised about was that, despite there being considerable references to Brand's sex addiction and the sheer number of women that Brand was bedding, there was very little specific detail about events and relationships. I can only assume that the days (and nights) all passed into a blur for him and one woman was very much like another! Brand doesn't come across as being a mysogonist at all, just a bit of a prat really. (I was tempted to substitute a stronger word here, to be honest.)
I did find the majority of the book quite tedious and a little heavy going in places simply because the events were quite dull. I have no interest in Brand's circle of friends and his account of travelling around America for a documentary was pretty uninspiring too. There was a lot of build up towards Brand's supposedly pivotal moment when he was involved in the Andrew Sachs scandal alongside Jonathon Ross but the actual story was a bit of a non-event as it is now 'old news', having been (in my opinion) blown out of all proportion when it happened anyway.
I am actually a fan of Brand and find him really funny - but I can understand why many people can't stand the man. Here, this does not really do his humour justice and I don't think his humour and habit of going off on random tangents really works when transferred to a written page.
To be honest, I only perserved with the book so that I could read about his relationship with Katy Perry as I find them to be a totally random match as a couple and I was intrigued to find out how and why they just clicked. I had to plough through pages of dull and rambling anecdotes to get down to the last chapter before reading about the start of their relationship and I don't think the little I uncovered was really worth the dross I had to go through to get there. Only somebody with an ego as large as Russell Brand would believe that there is sufficient content here to justify publishing this as a separate autobiography. There isn't.
I would imagine there will be a follow up to this book, recounting the ins and outs of Brand's relationship with Perry (although not as many 'ins and outs' as I originally anticipated!) No doubt, there will be yet another autobiography to come when the couple eventually divorce! (I might sound cynical but, come on, who really sees this as a lasting marriage, given Brand's history?)
My husband was the one who chose this book originally and he actually gave up on it after a few chapters, saying it was too difficult to read and, quite frankly, dull. I was the one who perservered and, in all honesty, for anybody other than the biggest Russell Brand fan, it really wasn't worth the time spent reading it. I'm just glad we borrowed this from the library and didn't waste any money on it.
Summary: Randy Brand's Boring Booky Wook 2