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When one of those irritating self-help books actually gets it right, then unnatural and worrying times are just around the corner. While the rest of the country is joining the new HappinessTM cult, Edwin (the wiry, grey-suited, low-level editor at U.S. publisher Panderic Press) is in trouble. A cartel of drug, alcohol, tobacco, and drug-rehab bosses have a contract out onWhen one of those irritating self-help books actually gets it right, then unnatural and worrying times are just around the corner. While the rest of the country is joining the new HappinessTM cult, Edwin (the wiry, grey-suited, low-level editor at U.S. publisher Panderic Press) is in trouble. A cartel of drug, alcohol, tobacco, and drug-rehab bosses have a contract out on him. It's all the fault of the mysterious Tupac Soiree, and his book What I Learned on the Mountain. But who is Tupac? And how can Edwin stop the world from succumbing to this plague of HappinessTM? Will Ferguson has created a comic masterpiece, a brutal satire of modern times...

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Happiness TM Reviews

  • Snotchocheez
    2018-09-22 06:52

    4.5 starsAs much as I enjoy quirky satire, few books have consistently made me laugh--and think--like Will Ferguson's 2001 unexpected (albeit a wee bit dated) delight Happiness(TM), a book that hilariously yet poignantly eviscerates Americans' consumerist bent and the pursuit of happiness at any cost. He focuses his sights on the publishing world: specifically the Random Houses and HarperCollinses and Simon & Schusters responsible for churning out Self-Help books (everything from fad diet rehashes and "Chicken Soup for the Soul" inspirational claptrap, to monster megahit spiritual awakening screeds disguised as novels like James Redfield'sThe Celestine Prophecy.)This "apocalyptic" tale (so deemed in the introduction, a stretch for sure) is seen through the eyes of Edwin de Valu, a scrawny, sarcastic, vile turd (who cheats on his wife and kicks the family cat every opportunity he can) and low-level Panderic Press editor of their Self-Help catalogue. After the author of Panderic's biggest seller, the "Mr. Ethics" series, is convicted of triple homicide, Edwin is tasked with culling the slush pile for "The Next Big Thing" to replace their fallen-from-grace money machine. After weeks of fruitless slush pile-culling, a mammoth 1,000-page uneditable manuscript plops in called "What I Learned on the Mountain" by a Bangladeshi guru named Tupak Soiree. Though it seems like a comprehensive Asian mishmash of every single Self-Help book published to date, Edwin (under the gun to get something published or risk losing his job) gets the behemoth printed and distributed. And, amazingly, with no publicity or marketing effort, the book explodes in popularity. almost attaining a religious fervor with its readers. The book becomes so popular, with multiple millions of happy adherents, that a wave of non-consumption sweeps the country: First the tobacco and alcohol industries crumble, then fast food empires follow suit, then its just a matter of time before everything comes screeching to a halt. An economic standstill (yet with a populace filled with Happiness(TM))Yeah, super far-fetched, I know, but you're not likely to confuse this satire for anything deep and meaningful. Yet, among the guffaws, there'sjust enough truth sprinkled throughout to give one pause: No, a Self-Help book isn't going to bring the country to its knees, but it's creepy fun imagining the scenario Ferguson (firmly tongue-in-cheek) lays out. And, if nothing else, this book is a hilarious alternative to fellow Canadian Margaret Atwood's clunky, similarly-themed dystopian novel,The Heart Goes Last. My sense of humor is a bit twisted, but you know, I'll gladly chortle my way through Ferguson's wry Happiness(TM) than endure Atwood's shlocky Possibilibots any day.

  • Rumi
    2018-10-10 03:52

    I bought this book on a whim. It was hardback, categorized under "Psychology" and it had its price dropped from $24 to 9 leva (which is about $4.50) I liked its name and cover so I took it. Later on, I remembered the last time I did that: I was unpleasantly surprised by a chick-lit with no literary value whatsoever. The sole reason I chose that book was its title - "Wish Me Sunflowers", which, I later discovered, was a huge mistranslation. (Really, what does this have to do with "Remember Me"?!) Thinking about that experience, I felt increasingly regretful about buying "Happiness".The book started off as a purely entertaining read - and it did its job quite well. It was getting ever more interesting, and despite its size, I started carrying it around with me and read it whenever the bus was empty enough for me to open a book."Happiness" had its unexpectedly wise message: bliss isn't always the right choice. Life's made out of misery as well as happiness, it has its flights and falls, emotions make it interesting and real. It's not worth living in pure perfection. Life isn't really supposed to be devoid of sadness, indignation, anxiousness and despair. It should be a journey, a constant path towards our goals, a struggle and a battle. Our existence should be scattered with bitter tears and sincere laughter, powerful love and peeving hate, drunken dances and everyday meaningless conversations.Nobody said it was easy. It should never be too easy. We've got to have the chance to take decisions and make mistakes in order to feel truly alive. It sounds pretty logical considering people's tendency to overcomplicate everything, to overreact and strive for misery.The reason I loved this book is that there is much to learn from it, there's lots of room left for me to think, funny moments to laugh about, and an imperfect love story to relieve the uneasiness from my own relationships. It's actually far better than any sugar-coated account of how impeccably beautiful life is. I must admit that, as prone as I am to enjoying such ideas or creating them in my own mind. Happiness, by definition, is what we're all looking for. Not what we achieve and experience every single day. It's far more important to fight, to love, to rise up to the challenge, to feel, to live.

  • Sasha
    2018-09-29 00:51

    Hate overly buzzed-out-on-bliss New Agers constantly trying to choke you with Depak Chopra and Conversations with God? Tired of colon clensings, mediums, crystal chakra aligning, "only thing positive", doped out on wheat-grass leisure class America?Me too.Read this book. It's hilarious, it's realistic (in the most outrageously allegorical way), it's snappy and ugly, it's pissed off and dejected, it's decadent and insecure. It's hellbent on showing that real life is grand and spectacular, even if it's petty and messy and fucked up. And hell, the book's even heartwarming at times.There are no Disney Cinderella rags to riches, virginal moral redemption plots here. But really, who the fuck wants that, anyway?

  • Ron Charles
    2018-09-22 01:50

    Forget the problem of evil. The problem of goodness gets all the attention lately. Nick Hornby took a stab with "How To Be Good," a comic novel just out in paperback that shows the destruction of an average family when Dad devotes his life to charity. Carol Shields's recent "Unless" pursues essentially the same plot, but this time, it's the daughter who disrupts life with her decision to drop out of college and pursue virtue. And now, let's all give a warm Monitor hug to "Happiness(TM)," a zany comedy by Will Ferguson in which the world is derailed by the ultimate self-help book.One theme is clear in these witty novels: Goodness is boring. And a radical pursuit of goodness is downright dangerous. Of course, they're not the first to come to that conclusion. No less a Puritan than John Milton gave all the good lines in "Paradise Lost" to Satan, while Christ is a sort of obsequious doormat, the kind of person you'd like to live next door to, but never hang out with.In Hornby's "How To Be Good," the first symptom of Dad's devotion to charity is an alarming drop in sarcasm. Suddenly, he speaks with "the slow, over-confident patience of a recently created angel ... in phrases from 'Thought for the Day.' " His wife assumes he's suffered some kind of brain damage.The mother in Shields's "Unless" notices a similarly frightening change in her daughter. She sits on a street corner begging - "brimming with goodness," her voice "emptied of connection." The narrator checks out a book from the library called "The Goodness Gap" and makes a half-hearted effort to understand her daughter's pursuit of virtue, but deep down she's terrified by such radicalism. She can't help regarding her own quest for goodness with light doses of irony.In "Happiness(TM)," Ferguson prefers vats of bitter sarcasm to light doses of irony. He's written what he calls "Apocalypse Nice," a story that "tells of a devastating plague of human happiness, an epidemic of warm fuzzy hugs." He confesses in the introduction that the novel grew out of a casual comment by a publicist: "If anyone ever wrote a self-help book that actually worked, we'd all be in trouble."This "what if" premise doesn't make for the most profound exploration into the nature of goodness. "Happiness(TM)" is to theology as "Flubber" is to chemistry, but it's still sometimes very funny.The narrator is a glib misanthrope named Edwin. Since abandoning his original career plans to become a professional bon vivant, he's worked as a nonfiction editor for a large New York publishing firm. Panderic publishes 250 books a year "that range from celebrity diet fads to 40-pound vampire gothics." Much of his time is spent wading through the slush pile of manuscripts, "where dreams come to die." He's looking for something "so humorless and slowly paced, so plodding and laden with arcana, that you just know it has to be Great Literature."One day, he receives a manuscript that looks horrible even by Panderic standards. The cover letter -- adorned with daisy stickers -- promises that "What I Learned on the Mountain" will "provide happiness to anyone who reads it. It will help people lose weight and stop smoking. It will cure gambling addiction, alcoholism, and drug dependency. It will help people achieve inner balance. It will show them how to release their left-brain intuitive creative energy, find empowerment, seek solace, make money, enjoy life, and improve their sexual lives. Readers will become more confident, more self-reliant, more considerate, more connected, more at peace. It will also help them improve their posture and spelling, and it will give their lives meaning and purpose."If you haven't spent time in a mall bookstore recently, you may think this is a bit over the top, but, in fact, it's impossible to exaggerate the banality of the self-help genre.Just this week I received "It's Never Too Late To Be Happy!" by Muriel James, who claims to have sold more than 4 million copies. Her book doesn't have any daisy stickers, but it does have a well-adjusted bouquet on the cover, and the chapter headings are written in type that looks like enthusiastic handwriting: "Self-Contracting for Happiness!"I also received "How To Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness," by Karen Salmansohn. It's a shiny, square gift book that looks remarkably like Ferguson's parody. (Yes, even with a big daisy on the front.) The design of these books suggests that the real evil they hope to cure is dull typography. In kooky fonts, Salmansohn dispenses wisdom like "Life Lesson #6: Never go shopping for kiwis in a shoe store."Surely, Ferguson had such books in mind when he wrote this wacky, often clunky satire. In his dark vision of a chronically nice future, "Everything I Learned on the Mountain" becomes a wild bestseller that does everything it promised.But worldwide satisfaction wreaks havoc on the economy: Who needs alcohol, fashion, or makeup once we've all learned to "Live! Love! Learn!"? Having published the sacred text that caused this tidal wave of saccharine, poor Edwin finds himself a lone crusader out to save civilization -- warts and all (particularly warts).There's a surprisingly old-fashioned Puritanism in these witty modern novels by Hornby, Shields, and Ferguson. Each betrays a deep anxiety about the pursuit of happiness, suggesting that it's necessarily humorless, simpleminded, or fanatical. They take a kind of Calvinistic offense at any radical devotion to self-improvement, as though it violated their faith in Original Sin.In light of this standoff between giddy self-help manuals and witty satires of them, it was a relief earlier this month to see Leif Enger's "Peace Like a River" win the American Bookseller Association's award for best novel of the year. In an unlikely story that's part Western, part Gospel, he tells about a Christly janitor who insists that his children answer violence with peace. He makes high demands on love, but he never laces up the goody two shoes. When times are tough, he sweats blood, and the sacred text he consults has no daisies on it. Enger's novel pursues not a middle ground, but a higher ground, demonstrating that radical goodness -- despite what so many books suggest -- needn't be silly, destructive, or dull.

  • Toni
    2018-09-27 08:02

    A very funny and witty book about a low-level editor at a fictional Publishers in NYC, that gets handed a huge paper manuscript, that turns into the world's most phenomenal Self-Help book of all time. How this all happens is the hilarious and somewhat suspenseful story within. Problems occur however, when everyone stops smoking, drinking, eating, etc. and the world economy starts to tank! Who's going to find the real author, oops; and stop the wild circus ride?! Edwin de Valu, that's who! The low-level editor who never got a break in his life might become a hero! Or will he?Search this book out my friends. It's worth it.

  • Brandi
    2018-10-02 02:07

    Here is the reason that this book is so wonderful: (Quoting a passage from the book as long as I don't get slapped with a huge fine for copyright infringement)"And let's keep the total length of the book to 356 pages exactly. That's the average for current bestsellers. So make sure it comes in exactly - what did I say? Three hundred and fifty six pages. Okay, Edwin?"(At which point I stop reading and think to myself, I wonder if... and then I proceed to turn all the way to the back of the book and look at how many pages Happiness™ is. Exactly 356 pages. That's my kind of humor)

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2018-10-10 04:03

    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)Favorite Quotes"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".

  • Belinda Lorenzana
    2018-09-29 01:15

    Una novela disfrutable, muy divertida. Sin embargo tiene algunos huecos que no decido si son asunto de verosimilitud. Ciertos conceptos no me resultaron convincentes: ¿Por qué Edwin y el señor Mead son inmunes al "poder" del libro? ¿Qué pasó con los intelectuales?, ¿también se fueron de pesca?, ¿eran inmunes también? ¿Qué no era May una persona inteligente? Las personas inteligentes no leen superación personal (y si lo hacen, no se dejan lavar el coco).Aciertos: el tono pesimista, el sentido del humor, el ritmo ágil. Estados Unidos es el escenario ideal para una historia sobre cerebros lavados y fanatismo.Desaciertos: la traducción, la ausencia de personajes entrañables, el epílogo innecesario.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-08 04:16

    Loved it. And I think working at chapters just made it more enjoyable. Being faced with so many...too many self help books and their readers, I felt like I could relate to Edwin. At times I couldn't help myself but break into hysterics over some little quip. The underlying themes were quite sad and heavy. How we are destined to be unhappy and discontented and constantly search for satisfaction and, in fact, that is what makes our world go round...yet, as I was reading, I felt comforted by that. It was as if he was saying it is okay to feel that way, it is what gives us drive.

  • Guillermo Galvan
    2018-09-21 00:05

    Crazy, stupid, funny book. I hella enjoyed Ferguson's sarcastic sense of humor and ridiculous story. A commentary on our plastic culture and crappy books. There was a portion of the book that lost a little steam so I couldn't give it 5 starts but besides that it was a great read. I'd love to burn one down with this guy.

  • Moloch
    2018-10-18 05:02

    Molto, molto divertente, caustica e piena di trovate la prima parte, peccato che verso la fine l'autore si conceda qualche lungaggine (e qualche predica) di troppo, e il ritmo e lo humor ne risentano.

  • Evalunasylva
    2018-10-13 01:18

    Não achei piada nenhuma e senti-me ludibriada pela sinopse que prometia "uma divertidíssima sátira" e usou palavras como "hilariante"... Onde?!?

  • Borbality
    2018-10-15 05:10

    Some clever stuff, genuinely funny at times, but the story drags on a little and the "end of the world" stuff is maybe a bit of a letdown.To summarize, a self-help book actually works and mostly solves everyone's problems, but the protagonist realizes that the world is left in this kind of purgatory and that being content and satisfied with all things in life isn't natural or even desirable. The main point is that the pursuit of happiness is what drives us, not the actual happiness (TM). This is a good point, but kind of gets hammered home a little too hard and doesn't really go anywhere further. Again, the book is funny, and at least the first half of the story is pretty engaging. it's just not going to change your life or anything, because the concepts and themes are really pretty standard.

  • Yolanda
    2018-10-15 06:53

    Este livro, que pode parecer ser de auto-ajuda, é na realidade uma sátira a todos os livros do género e à industria envolvente e relata-nos o que aconteceria se realmente existisse um livro desses que funcionasse. O efeito que isso teria.Acaba por focar aspectos importantes da sociedade actual e consegue fazê-lo de uma forma engraçada.Há quem o tenha achado hilariante, eu só achei uma leitura leve. Contudo é só a minha perspectiva ;DNão foi tão bom como eu pensava que seria após ver várias críticas. Talvez eu estivesse com as expectativas um bocado elevadas e isso não tenha ajudado.Sinto-me neutra em relação a este livro. Não considero que tenha perdi tempo a lê-lo mas não vai merecer uma segunda leitura :)Mas esta é apenas a minha opinião, pode ser que outra pessoa pense de maneira totalmente diferente xD

  • Yedy
    2018-10-08 04:00

    I chanced upon this book while browsing at a bookstore and when I read Anthony Bourdain's praise about this book at the front cover, I knew I have to have this. I am a big fan of satirical form of writing and this book does not disappoint me.Happiness is elusive and everyone seems to be in search of it and just when you thought that this book is all about it, you are wrong. This novel would show you what would happen in the event that a self-help book about finding happiness would really work. What if we got what we all wanted, what are we left to hope for?

  • Valissa
    2018-10-08 02:59

    "Troublemakers grow up to become priests and politicians and social reformers. They are always meddling in other people's lives. Hellraisers don't meddle. They rage and roar, and they celebrate life and they mourn its shortness. Hellraisers destroy only themselves, and they do it because they love life too much to fall asleep.""To the written word! To characters who exist only on the printed page. To characters who exist only in books and aren't even aware of it - who exist only on the printed page, yet live and breathe and are sorry to go nonetheless."

  • Emily
    2018-10-03 08:11

    A cynical, satirical novel about what would happen to the world if self help books actually worked. The book pulls no punches making fun of every aspect of the self-help and enlightenment industry, not to mention big publishing houses, marketing, and office work in general. It's an entertaining read but very bleak humour and the ending felt a little flat and anticlimactic. Although this book seems to have won the "Stephen Leacock award for humour", I would actually recommend the author's earlier book "I Was a Teenage Katima-Victim" as much funnier.

  • Kitty-Wu
    2018-09-23 05:55

    La historia de "Happiness" parte de la publicación de un libro de autoayuda que se convierte en el éxito editorial del milenio, ya que consigue la Felicidad™ para todo el mundo. ¿Qué sucede entonces? Obviamente la sociedad capitalista se viene abajo y.....Crítica del mundo editorial, de los libros de autoayuda y de los valores de las sociedades actuales (especialmente, de Estados Unidos), todo ello impregnado de un gran sentido del humor.

  • Marilia Chaves
    2018-10-17 03:08

    "There, stacked high on his desk, was a tower of paper. Thick slabs of manuscript. Slush. Unsolicited, unagented, unloved. This was where dreams came to die. Book proposals, cover letters, entire manuscripts – they gathered like so much detritus on the desks of publishers everywhere.” My favorite kind of book: a story about book publishers and the making of titles. A laugh out loud portrait of our industry. Highly recommended for editors everywhere.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2018-09-29 06:56

    What a fun read! I loved the story, the plot, the wry humour and the very satyrical take on the self-help books industry. Happiness also reminded me of books by Max Barry (Jennifer Governement, Syrup and Company), which I love. I'll make sure to watch out for books by Will Ferguson in the future!

  • Alice Mc
    2018-09-28 00:06

    Interesting premise but actually quite boring. I lost interest about halfway through but ploughed on as it was a bookclub read. The writing style is satirical and there are some vaguely amusing bits but it just wasn't gripping at all.

  • lethe
    2018-10-18 03:53

    Read up to page 107, leafed through the rest.

  • Sahar
    2018-10-05 06:58

    I've read a lot of books and this is my favourite book of all time. I read it in one sitting! It's so underrated and really difficult to find but give it a chance, I promise you'll love it!

  • Julián
    2018-10-09 04:03

    La idea de esta novela está bien. Un tipo misterioso escribe el libro de autoayuda definitivo. Un libro que funciona y que deja a todo el mundo en estado de perpetua armonía con el universo. Cualquiera puede enriquecerse, adelgazar, dejar de fumar, conseguir sus metas. ¿Cuál es el problema? Pues que el mundo de la moda, las tabacaleras, los gimnasios, los publicistas, los fabricantes de licores, cosméticos y de miles de productos que buscan tapar nuestras carencias se van al carajo, y con ellos sus trabajadores. Y, lo que es peor todavía, la felicidad es un aburrimiento. Y una obligación. Así puesto, puede parecer que el libro está bien. Lo malo es que está mal desarrollado. Pretende ser algo ligero y divertido y apenas consigue arrancar alguna sonrisa. Quizá hasta pretenda tener una moraleja, pero se queda perdida entre montones de páginas que apenas aportan nada a la historia, bastante mal resuelta por otra parte.Plantea algunas ideas interesantes, que recojo en estas extensas citas:“May, está todo a punto de desmoronarse. Todo. Hablo de la sociedad, el país, la economía. Es el fin de la vida tal como la conocemos. ¿Y por qué? Por Tupak Soiree y su fórmula para la felicidad humana generada por ordenador. Tú dijiste: “Así pues, la gente empieza a ser feliz. ¿Qué hay de malo en eso?” May, toda nuestra economía se basa en las flaquezas humanas, en los malos hábitos y las inseguridades. La moda. La comida rápida. Los coches deportivos. Los tecnoaparatos. Los juguetes sexuales. Los centros de dietética. Los clubes de belleza para hombres. Los anuncios personales. Las sectas religiosas. El deporte profesional, y he aquí una manera de vivir a través de los otros. Las peluquerías. Las crisis masculinas de la madurez. El desenfreno de las compras. Toda nuestra forma de vida se basa en la insatisfacción y la falta de confianza en nosotros mismos. Piensa en lo que ocurriría si la gente fuera real y verdaderamente feliz. Si estuviera realmente satisfecha de su vida. Sería un cataclismo. El país entero quedaría paralizado, y si Estados Unidos se detiene, ¿crees que el mundo occidental seguiría adelante? Hablamos de un efecto dominó global. El final de la historia.” (200-201)“El público comprador de libros es un segmento muy reducido de cualquier sociedad. Pero es un segmento en extremo influyente, y ésa fue la clave del desastre. Esa clase de personas, lo que el autor Robertson Davis llamaba la “clerecía”, incluía a aquellos que leían libros por placer. No a los críticos profesionales ni a los intelectuales ni a los estudiantes que leían porque tenían que leer, sino más bien a la gente que leía libros como fin en sí mismo: los verdaderos lectores. La clerecía es el elemento crucial de cualquier cambio social, y eso es algo que cualquier déspota con éxito sabe. La idea de que una turbulenta masa de campesinos subvierta el orden social es un mito; las auténticas revoluciones empiezan con la clerecía. Solo después de que el viejo orden haya empezado a desmoronarse aparecen las masas, horcas en mano, dispuestas a atribuirse el mérito. (...) es la gente de lee libros la que instiga los cambios en la sociedad, para bien o para mal.” (205)“Y en ese momento Edwin vio en Nigel el hundimiento mismo de la Civilización Occidental. Si uno pensaba en los muy diversos productos e influencias culturales de los que Nigel era reflejo y a la vez personificación: el gel para el pelo, el blanqueador dental, las pinzas eléctricas para el vello de la nariz (...). Industrias enteras dependían de Nigel para su supervivencia. Verlo pasar de GQ a aquello, verlo transformado en una sonrisa y una mirada vacía, ver su otrora acicalada presencia reducida a una camiseta y unos viejos pantalones de chándal..., en fin, era ni más ni menos que una tragedia. Porque si uno iba más allá de las acostumbradas quejas sobre el consumismo moderno y la publicidad amoral y la homogeneización de la identidad, etc., si se pasaba eso por alto, uno habría visto en Nigel Simms un eterno deseo humano. Un esfuerzo. Una búsqueda fútil (pero vital) de autorrealización; un anhelo de ser algo más, algo más grande, más rico, más rápido, más apuesto. Era la Gran Quimera de la Autoperfección, que, aunque inalcanzable, había impulsado al género humano durante miles de años.” (212)“¿Sabe qué nos ha hecho tal como somos? ¿Sabe qué nos ha convertido en el país más grande, más mezquino, más autoritario, en el mayor devorador de Big Macs y el mayor contador de calorías en la historia del género humano? La búsqueda de la felicidad. No la felicidad. La búsqueda.” (331)

  • Donna
    2018-10-16 03:02

    I want to give it more than 4 stars but not quite 5 stars. 5 stars are for books like To Kill a Mockingbird and Lies My Teacher Told Me and Letters from the Earth. Happiness™ does not quite go to those heights but there are very few books that have made me laugh out loud so heartily or so often as this one did. You already know every character in this book under one name or another from your own day-to-day and just like in the book, those people will surprise you sometimes. In these days of digital media, this is one of the rare books that I keep in my bookshelf because even if I don't have time to re-read the whole thing, I can pick it up and turn to any random page and voila! instant happiness™!

  • Luca Roggio
    2018-10-04 03:50

    Questo rappresenta la mia rivelazione del 2017, trovato in una feltrinelli rimasto come ultima copia.E' un romanzo bellissimo, si legge tutto d'un fiato, scorrevole.Parte dall'inefficacia e ridicolezza dei manuali di autoaiuto americani per spostarsi su alcune tematiche interessanti riguardanti la società moderna, il tutto in una trama che conquista dopo i primi capitoli.Una di quelle letture che lascia senz'altro qualche spunto di riflessione.

  • Nikki
    2018-09-19 07:13

    Edwin de Valu is a now level publishing editor of self help books. He has hundreds of manuscripts daily. One catches his eye “What I Learned on the Mountain” by Tupak Soiree, but he tosses it. When his boss demands a book, Edwin searches and finds it. It becomes a best seller, changing the world. As people become "happy" they stop using and buying things (alcohol, cigarettes, etc). The world economy crashes. Edwin searches for the author and, after crazy events and adventures, saves the day.

  • Carl
    2018-10-17 03:59

    I wanted to like this book. I almost did. There were too many inconsistencies in style, between 1st person and outside observer. And I thought the references to real people were funny, but only because I recognized who they were supposed to be.I kept thinking this was really funny to book editors and publishers, but I was missing something extra salient.

  • Susan
    2018-09-26 05:18

    An unusual book. Amusing, surprising, weird. Philosophical too. It reminded me of other discussions about free will. If everything in life was good, a perpetual Garden of Eden, what would be left of life?We need to be able to make our own decisions, to screw up, sometimes royally, or life becomes empty. Too much happiness is not really happiness at all.

  • Deb
    2018-10-03 04:54

    This is one crazy ass book. A clever premise, good writing and ridiculousness all come together to make a thoughtfully funny read. What would happen if we lost our drive to succeed, if we were content with where we are and what we have? How would this affect the economy, the environment and our relationships? You’ll have to read it.