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In Drink, Play, F@#k Bob Sullivan, a jilted husband, sets off to explore the world, experience a meaningful connection with the divine, and rediscover his passion. His travels lead him from his home in New York City to a drinking bender across Ireland, through the glitz and glamour that is Las Vegas, and to the hedonistic pleasure palaces of Thailand. After a lifetime of pIn Drink, Play, F@#k Bob Sullivan, a jilted husband, sets off to explore the world, experience a meaningful connection with the divine, and rediscover his passion. His travels lead him from his home in New York City to a drinking bender across Ireland, through the glitz and glamour that is Las Vegas, and to the hedonistic pleasure palaces of Thailand. After a lifetime of playing it safe, Mr. Sullivan finally follows his heart and lives out everyone's deepest fantasies. For who among us hasn't dreamed of standing stark naked, head upturned, and mouth agape beneath a cascading torrent of Guinness Stout? What could be more exhilarating than losing every penny you have because Charlie Weiss went for a meaningless last-second field goal? And what sensate creature could ever doubt that the greatest pleasure known to man can be found in a leaky bamboo shack filled with glassy-eyed, bruised Asian hookers? Bob Sullivan has a lot to teach us about life. Let's just pray we have the wisdom to put aside our preconceptions and listen. Because what Bob Sullivan finds isn't at all what he expected....

Title : Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand
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Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand Reviews

  • Lena
    2019-01-19 21:11

    On the cover of Elizabeth Gilbert's mega-bestselling spiritual travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, the word eat is spelled out in pasta, the word play in prayer beads, and the word love in flower petals. On the cover of Andrew Gottlieb's parody send-up of that book, the word drink is spelled out in beer bottle caps, play in poker chips, and f@#k in condoms.When this suspiciously familiar cover caught my eye at B&N the other day, it immediately put a smile on my face. I liked Gilbert's book a lot, but not so much that I couldn't appreciate a well-done parody. And a well-done parody this is. Gottlieb's faux memoir is written from the perspective of a man who sounds a lot like an ex-Mr. Gilbert, one whose heart has been broken when his "neurotic, self-obsessed wife" of eight years leaves him and immediately begins shacking up with "some guy named David." To recover from this tragedy, he decides to take a year off to go drinking in Ireland, gambling in Vegas, and getting laid in Thailand.Given the title and the premise, I thought this book might be a much harsher, crueler attack on Gilbert's book than it actually is. While Gottlieb's character Bob Sullivan makes several pointed jabs at his ex-wife, much of the commentary and criticism on the famous book this one mirrors is woven into the story of Sullivan's journey in a surprisingly profound way. Because despite Bob's embracing of a rather unconventional path of "healing," he's actually a sensitive guy, not seeking the kind of oblivion the title might suggest but rather just trying to recover from a broken heart in the best way he knows how. So the book is actually a real story (albeit a rather fantastical one) with a real character, one that I developed a fair amount of affection for along the way.I found this book in the humor section. It is a funny book, though more in a smile-on-my-face kind of way than in a laugh-out-loud kind of way. Much of the humor for me came from seeing the places in which this story creatively diverged from the original. That's also where much of my admiration for this book came from, as it actually contains a surprising amount of wisdom within its goofy premise. I found his choice to mirror Gilbert's pursuit of spiritual transformation at an Indian guru's ashram with Bob's discovery of Nirvana in Vegas particularly inspired, and I thought it offered a great deal more in the way of practical spiritual philosophy than Gilbert's book does.So I would recommend this book, although I haven't the slightest idea as to whom. Those who loved Gilberts' book probably won't appreciate its interwoven criticisms. Those who hated it probably won't find it harsh enough, and those who never read it won't get much of the brilliance of its execution. So maybe if you had enough mixed feelings about EPL to give it 3 stars, this book is for you.

  • Mallory
    2019-01-19 13:01

    I hated Eat Pray Love so much that it made me want to stab myself repeatedly in the face with an olive fork. I couldn't resist any parody of that self-indulged garbage, and this book was a cute, clever mockery of Elizabeth Gilbert's middle-aged, poor-me quest to find herself.Gottlieb does his best to reference Gilbert throughout the course of his quirky and entertaining vignettes. References to the speaker being Gilbert's estranged husband (the one she cried over in the bathroom before deciding to go see if she could learn about herself on an extended vacation) and his shock/confusion at his ex-wife's supposedly spiritual journey pepper the story. Anyone who hated Eat Pray Love should pick up this quick read. It's not a book that will ever change the world, but it made me smile and gave me some good conversation starters with people on the subway.

  • Mindy
    2018-12-29 16:54

    A fast and funny parody of Eat, Pray, Love. I never read the original, but I did see the movie. Wasn't a huge fan of the movie. This book is a cute send off and just as unbelievable. The man's good fortune on his journey is so over the top but still very funny at times. Makes me want to travel none the less, although my journey would be more Eat Drink Eat!!

  • Mike
    2018-12-20 16:22

    So I see this book my wife is reading, skim the back cover and think "right up my alley - drinking, golf, gambling..." with stops in Ireland and Vegas. Start reading it with the prologue about a broken marriage that sets the guy on his year long journey and begin with the Ireland pub-hopping that is the first third. Seems like a genius book told pretty hilariously with stories that are plausible but very funny. Then goes to Vegas where he gets a bit more introspective while splitting his time between the tables and golf course, a personal heaven, and while the book is bogging down a bit, still finding it enjoyable. However, then two things happen that kill it for me - for some reason I take a closer look at the back cover...and discover this is complete fiction. I was under the impression this was a very true story. While telling my wife what a disappointment that was, she alerts me that not only is it fake, it's actually ripped off from a slightly more serious and factual tale from a woman with the same general concept of spending a year finding one-self but with a much softer touch (and title). Between those two, this went from a possibly high recommendation to a "well, it only takes about 2 hours to read - might as well finish". The final third of the book, based in Thailand, is just a long "and then I had sex and then found my true love and we'll live happily ever after"....So, the Irish third is a 4 star (5 star with -1 cause it's not real), the Vegas a 3 star, and the Thailand coupled with it being a rip-off fictional book a 2 star, to come to my average rating of 3 stars. Worth reading if you like drinking, golfing and gambling and have a few hours to kill.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-18 18:13

    Awesome!!This satire of Eat, Pray, Love is one of the smartest, funniest, totally GENIUS books I've read recently. Nothing hipster-intelligent or pseudo-intelligent or gross-out-but-not-actually-funny (ahem, Tucker Max, ahem) about it - just brilliant writing. It flows smoothly and hilariously and makes me want to hang out with this guy. If you have read EPL, the structural and conceptual parallels will be unmistakable ~ but if you haven't read EPL, it will still be a good read.Part one, Ireland, had me laughing so hard I was crying. Part two, Vegas, when he meets his guru? OMG, PERFECT. Perfect! And Part three, Thailand, tied it all together in a happy ending just like Gilbert's Bali.This book is, unfortunately, NOT an actual memoir ~ that would have been amazing ~ but it reads like one. And again, the parallels between the two books makes the satire absolutely spot-on.

  • Danine
    2019-01-01 19:16

    Because I loathe whiny and sappy books like "Eat. Pray. Love." I was very curious to read this fictitious alternative. The first part had to do with drinking in Ireland. I laughed so hard during these chapters I thought I would have a brain aneurysm. I thought for sure this would be a four star book. As I moved to the second part about gambling and golf my four star rating turned into a three star rating. I don't gamble and I don't golf and maybe I shouldn't judge a book because of my own ignorance to the subject. I was curious about the third section having to do with getting laid. Was the narrator going to be jock obnoxious about going to Thailand to get some tail? No. There was sex but not the flamboyant kind of sexual narrative. I appreciated that. This was a fun book to read but quite average. My favorite quote from the book is: "The Irish drink the way Americans work and invade sovereign nations. It's what they're about"

  • Petra X
    2018-12-21 14:02

    It was ok. Each of the three sections dragged for the last two chapters and the final section was a bit wanky. Other than that, it was a fast plane-read and quite amusing. I hadn't read the original Eat, Pray, Love as I find worthy, self-improvement books incredibly boring and a waste of time - I need a full body retooling rather than touch-ups on the rusty spots, so I can't tell if this was a good parody or not. Still, like the curate's egg, it was good, in parts.

  • Mythili
    2019-01-09 17:54

    This book is nothing if not a conversation starter -- especially if (like me) you're happy for an excuse to rant about the horrors of the Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert cult. Oh. But. I never read Eat Pray Love! -- or at least, I hadn't until this delightful spoof of that narcissistic romp fell into my hands. A few pages into Drink Play Fuck, I decided (or rather, was advised by a wise reader peering over my shoulder) that I would be better able to giggle at Drink Play Fuck if I first spent some quality time with the tripe that inspired it. And after spending an afternoon in Barnes and Noble quickly turning Eat Pray Love's pages and pretending to be invisible, I was properly in on the joke: What makes this book fun is that Gottlieb doesn't just mock Gilbert's premise, he studiously snarks her various adventures and platitudes line by line. It's hard to sustain that kind of parody for pages and pages, but to Gottlieb's credit, narrator Bob Sullivan manages to be likeable and entertaining enough to carry the story and do his share of good-humored philosophizing on the gender-trumping predicament of heart-break. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever suspected that boys have a bit more fun than girls do (for all its bravado, Drink Play Fuck reassured me that in fact, they don't, thank you very much).

  • Anthony
    2019-01-03 15:12

    I read (okay – listened to the unabridged version) of Eat, Pray, Love last year and saw this tagged at Amazon as one of those “you might be interested in” books. I like travel literature. I have traveled quite a bit in Asia (Thailand in particular) so I thought I would buy it and read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It was a quick page turner that I burned through in a week or so of stolen moments of reading. I was struck by the way the book danced on the edge of credibility. The central character was engaged in what were believable pursuits in Ireland and Thailand – but the Vegas part was too coincidental and does anyone without a history in the city really get so much gratis (a suite at the Bellagio) and – where did this guy get all the money to live on?Part of the problem with the book is that I did not read carefully enough the sales information or realize I was reading a piece of fiction. I thought it was true until I finished the book. Had I known the book was a work of fiction (I thought it as an embellished true account) going in I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much for the extraordinary nature of this man’s journey – the people and circumstances connecting each transition (from Ireland to Vegas to Thailand) would have been lost.That being said – go ahead and read it. There is enough truth in the fiction to engage your traveling spirit and inspire you too to let go a bit and live. For all of us wanting to cast our jobs off for a year or more to go travel – this is an enjoyable and encouraging tome.Oh – and it’s well written. The author has a background writing comedy and it shows in the witty word usage in the book and allusions to popular culture sprinkled throughout.

  • J.M.
    2019-01-08 15:17

    Pretty funny. I liked it more than the work it parodies, but that's not saying much. Different people will relate to the three parts in personal ways; for me the funniest parts were definitely in the centerpiece, the chapters set in Las Vegas. Altogether the humor was very familiar, like comfort food, like... dare I say... sitcoms? This is typically a bad thing, but at least there's no laugh track for a book.The serendipity / coincidences at the end were very, very hard to swallow. Just kind of a neat (contrived) way to wrap everything up.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-22 18:07

    a hilarious alternative to the popular East, Love, Pray only from the perspective of a man whose wife walked out on him after several years of marriage. Not too deep but not as shallow as you might expect. Lots of guy's thoughts/impressions. Serious and as emotional as an average saddened man will allow himself to be. Light, bubblegum but definitely worth the read! :)

  • Steve lovell
    2019-01-03 15:14

    An obvious parody on the sudsy 'Eat, Pray, Love', Gottlieb presents a version from the other gender, and not a NASM version for our hero, to put it mildly, is full of himself. He rails and vents his spleen as an alpha-male-done-wrong. His missus has racked off to cuckold him, so its payback time big time - not to his philandering wife, but to himself for all the injustices he has suffered at her hands. Strangely I felt for his wife throughout this tome - how did she put up with him for so long!!!!!Now this guy doesn't seem too badly off and most of us could not afford to indulge ourselves in such a manner. He throws a great deal of money at himself - to prevent HER getting at it - to get right royally lubricated in Ireland, playing the high roller in Vegas and going to fornication heaven with a voluptuous Indian lass in a 'secret' Thai resort. It is not too much of a spoiler to reveal that during the course of his adventures he is saved from total self-absorption (and a hedonist's dream) by a woman about to become his next wife (victim?).The book is mildly amusing with some lol moments to enliven. This reader found his progress around the tables of the American deserts' sin city hard going (perhaps not being a dedicated gambler myself), but I'm enough of my species to appreciate his gargantuan drinking bouts around the Emerald Isle and his being laid by a dusky maiden in Thailand.In this memoir Gottlieb comes across as a Robbie Williamish 'plonker' and it's hard to find his forays and attitudes in any way attractive. His book though is a successful antidote to the endless turgid indulgences on 'finding oneself' in exotic locales, so bravo Gottlieb! Is this though wishful fiction, faction or fact? I wonder.

  • Juli
    2019-01-13 19:18

    I enjoyed this book so much I'm giving it 4 stars!. Yes, that's four stars with an exclamation mark. Or maybe four gold stars and a silver. Or 4.9 stars, which don't round up to 5. I'd have given it 5 stars if I hadn't just given Holocaust 5 stars, although not because reading that one made me happy, obviously. And there's no reason to lament, again, the Goodreads 5-star system, so I'll just explain now what I love so much about this book.The main character, Robert Sullivan, is ridiculously likable. Even when you know that if anyone else was saying the stuff he's saying, you would think he might be a bit of an ass. Bobby isn't an ass, even when he calls himself a douche. I laughed out loud, smiled the whole time I was reading it, and I want to pass it on to everyone I know who doesn't mind reading about drinking, playing, and f@#cking. Not that this book is the least bit raunchy. It's like reading The Hangover (which, for the record, I don't consider a raunchy movie, so if you do, this book is probably not for you): just as preposterous, slightly less rib-cracking hilarious (probably only because it's not visual), and sadly without Bradley Cooper's aviators or stolen tiger hijinks. Is it weird to say this book is kind of like chick-lit for dudes? Because that's sort of how I think about it.Anyhow, this book is totally fun and now one of my absolute favorites to make me feel happy, which is the whole point. Thank you, Andrew Gottlieb.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-19 15:11

    I picked up this book because I thought it might be fun to read a sattire based on "Eat, Pray, Love", which I have just finished reading. This book is basically the male version. It started out pretty funny and I was able to forgive the poking fun at a book I loved, but as the book progressed, I just got bored. He was following the formula, but it just wasn't exciting or insightful. It didn't make you think or do anything. I was just reading the words and hoping to get to something interesting until I just had to give up toward the end of Las Vegas. I love Las Vegas, but he made it boring. I tried to skip forward to Thailand hoping that would be more interesting, but it wasn't. So, I just stopped. I had to put it down. I hate to not finish books or movies, but this was one I just couldn't trudge through. I do not reccomend this one at all.

  • Jo
    2019-01-04 15:03

    Parody of the bestselling book 'Eat, Pray, Love' which, according to the hype, everybody has read although I can't name a single person I know who has. Bob Sullivan is a man on a mission and that's to have as much fun as possible. His wife of eight years has left him so he decides to re-evaluate his life and take a year out to get up to as much irresponsible activity as he can. He goes on a drinking bender in Ireland, gambles several thousand dollars away in Las Vegas then heads to Thailand for what men usually go to Thailand for. It was very funny, sometimes in a laugh out loud way, and at less than two hundred pages was a light whizz through book. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I'd read the book it's making fun of but it was still good enough to hold my attention.

  • Darell Schmick
    2018-12-31 20:21

    I really liked the concept: a roast to the tale of discovery that is so frequently criticized as too self-indulgent by Elizabeth Gilbert. What better than reading this humorist take the same journey in the domain of not-as-positive XY "self-discovery"?It's funny, don't get me wrong. The first few pages are rich with belly laughs. But after a while, it wears on you. I wasn't far into the story when I made this realization: it's like the book equivalent of being trapped in the corner at a party by the obnoxious drunk guy. The novelty of the story draws you in, curious to hear more. But as the stench of alcohol and the persistent high-decibel delivery grates on you, you're more than eager to excuse yourself. Maybe Elizabeth Gilbert is on the other side of the room...

  • Parfesha
    2018-12-28 19:59

    Это что-то новенькое! Мужской вызов "Ешь молись люби". Хочу отметить, что вначале лучше прочитать женскую версию, тогда весь юмор, сарказм и модель повествования станет более понятной. Только тогда можно будет действительно насладиться "Пей, играй и ххх".Читается ещё легче и быстрее, а главное — интересно, как "восстанавливаются" мужчины после развода? Смешно, глупо и немного типично. Вот моё мнение. Хотя, это было очень приятное чтиво, не скрою. Хотя бы для того, чтобы поднять настроение, уже стоит взять эту книгу в руки.

  • Merilee
    2018-12-31 20:10

    I think Cynthia would get a kick out of this one;-) My dd's reading Eat Pray Love so when I saw this in a bookstore today in Golden BC, I couldn't resist.No, fugedaboudit. Reall, really, REALLY dumb!!!

  • Andrea
    2018-12-19 18:18

    Was ok, like literally just ''ok'' Nowhere near as deep or as long for that matter as the wives version but that could be a male / female thing OR that that could be because she was a writer and he was not ?Anyhow .. made for a quick light read, some interesting thoughts expressed along with glimpses of insight into the male mind.

  • James
    2018-12-23 13:05

    Of similar pseudo-lit as Augusten Burroughs or Tucker Max. Casual, metaphor-laden writing saved only by occasionally humorous anecdotes and imagery. It's not a complete waste of time as it's short. Take it to the beach or take it on a plane and finish it there.

  • Erica
    2019-01-01 19:54

    An easy read if you are looking for something mindless. The main character, Bobby, can get a bit annoying at times. There are better things out there to spend your time doing.

  • Dede
    2018-12-19 13:02

    Started strong with the humour then got a bit too hollywood chick flick for my tastes. Not a bad read but not nearly what it could have been.

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-01-11 13:15

    Still not sure what to make of this book, even after reading other reviews.Yes, I get it is a satire of Eat, Prey, Love. I've not read the book but have seen the film. This is the male equivalent.I get that Andrew Gottlieb is the author and the story is about Bob Sullivan but written in 1st person. I think this means its totally fictional, rather than a alternative "find yourself" self help book.So, Bob, splits up from his wife, who has been sleeping with David. We know this, as we are reminded every other sentence. He is gutted, so quits his job and goes on a 1 year bender.Stage 1 - drinking like a loon and living in Temple Bar in Dublin.Stage 2 - living as a professional gambler in Las Vegas.Stage 3 - getting his leg over in Thailand.So its funny in a way that Americans think they are. Light enough to get some chuckles but monotonous.Not sure how much I am meant to take it as a story but he makes friends far too easy (mostly life changing friendships whilst waiting for a bags in an Airport). He has older friends that can put him up in a suite in Vegas indefinitely at no cost. There's a twist at the end that is beyond belief, even when explained.What really peed me off is none of the things on the back page (pour me four fingers of whiskey and don't stop till you need someone elses hands, or miming to a Thai pharmacist on Condoms) actually are within the story. These seemingly are the best jokes.Quick, non taxing read with some chucklesome moments, but nothing of substance.

  • Адріан Козловський
    2018-12-20 19:09

    Zany book - ideal for those who wants to improve their mood - do not require to strain your brain and very easy in reading. However no deep sense or ideas at all - just funny story in "from the first person"-style

  • Jude Arnold
    2018-12-21 21:17

    Very funny! Written as if the main character is Elizabeth Gilbert's first husband!

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    2019-01-15 21:10


  • Caitlin Rose
    2019-01-19 13:19

    easy read, funny story. interesting to see a guys point of view on this topic, even if it's fictional.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-31 20:14

    This was amusing. ..a cute parody, a mans version of eat

  • Craig Hodges
    2018-12-22 16:09

    Gottlieb is smart. Reading this book I could sense he enjoyed playing with Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat Pray Love and simultaneously crafting his attempt to invert the high-minded messages of the Deepak Chopras of this world. How so? Well because Gottlieb has written what could be described as an anti-guru’s self-help book about letting go a little and rediscovering the joy in life; a book about the joys of a little self-indulgence after a marital breakdown.The protagonist Bob Sullivan is certainly not out to share the secrets of self-transformation, since he’s just not the sort of guy to be taken in by that ‘spiritual’ stuff. No – Bob’s story is about how he (temporarily) extricates himself from an outwardly comfortable and conformist mainstream life after his well kept wife unexpectedly dumps him. So what options do the sensible and stable Bobs of this world have when faced with this type of nonsense? Gottlieb has a seductive suggestion. It need not be a disastrous or difficult next step. And it certainly need not be pious. On the contrary, Bob's adventure makes it clear that it can all be quite easy and relatively free of anguish, because after all the unspoken rules of this book seem to be about making sure any spirituality, or introspection, do not overshadow Bob’s chief forgotten virtue of having fun. So fear not. Aside from fun and friendship, Gottlieb doesn’t set out on the surface to have Bob teach us anything about looking to the higher virtues in life. On the contrary, the appeal of the message behind Drink Play F@#k is that it acts as a licence for pent-up conformists to discover the joy of a little non-conformity. It’s a feel good book that points towards the wisdom of fun and new found friendships washed down with whiskey and a lot of good luck in the casino of life. On a needlessly critical level, the book could be read with a view to Gottlieb having taken on a questionable assignment from the liquor and gambling industries to write a soft-promotional book. Why this critical turn? Well the motivation and objectives would be clear. Such a book could be framed as just another attempt by savvy lobbyists to counteract all those vice-extinguishing do-gooder spiritual tomes that are brainwashing otherwise potentially hard drinkin’ and high-stakes gamblin’ types out there. Then again pursuing this line of thinking too far wouldn’t be much fun now would it?

  • Kaliki
    2019-01-08 18:54

    Fair book…light, quick read. I could take or leave the main character. I wasn’t attached to him, but I didn’t dislike him. One particular part at the end seemed completely unbelievable, and I felt like it was thrown in there to try to make this a book that men would enjoy as well as women. But then, some would probably say that a lot of the book was unbelievable and obviously made up. It is fiction after all. I would only draw one comparison to Eat, Pray, Love because the two books (I believe) were intended for totally different purposes. My one comparison is this:During and after reading EPL, I had a strong desire to visit each of the places that Elizabeth Gilbert went. I want to experience each culture and the people. I thought I might feel the same as I was reading the first section of DPF, his time in Ireland. I really enjoyed this part, although most of his time spent there was drinking and getting wasted, I was drawn by the culture of the people he described…welcoming, joining, and well yes, drunk. However, then I moved onto the part of his journey, Las Vegas. To be fair, I’ve never really had a desire to visit Las Vegas anyway. But even after reading about his time there, which he thoroughly enjoyed, my lack of desire was simply reinforced. His description is pretty much what my expectation would be. And there is just nothing that draws me there. I have had many, many people try to change my mind about this too, trying to convince me that I would enjoy it if I just went, but I’m simply not interested.And on to Thailand … while his description of the small part of the country that he visited is visually stunning, it seems that no one ‘knows’ where this area is anyway, or if it even exists. (He gives the place a false name because it is supposed to be a secret. And since the book is fiction, who knows if it actually exists.) Anyway, I would like to visit Thailand as I have relatives there, and this book didn’t really affect my desire either way. Mostly because I didn’t perceive it to be an accurate description of the places & people I would encounter if I did travel there. All in all, I gave it 3 stars. If someone is interested in reading it, I would encourage them. But it’s a book I could’ve missed and would’ve been okay. Not one I would jump up and strongly recommend.