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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 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?
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2002
ISBN: 9781841953519
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 20 cm


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andreas1111 Jul 05, 2013

This book begins totally brilliant and finishes still pretty strong. If the second half had been as funny as the first i would have given it five stars. Among other things this is a great send up of the self help industry.

May 25, 2011

This book was a keen, biting, unapologetic comment on our society. The "untranslatables" were the best part of the whole thing! The book actually led me to purchasing "They Have A Word For It", which was Ferguson's main source for these powerful words.

zed33 Nov 12, 2009

This book made me laugh, it made me think and it made me read everything Ferguson has written since.
He is a very intelligent, funny writer. He occasionally angered me with some of his opinions about Canadians and what it means to be one, but again made me think, which I like from an author. Fiction or Non.

Grover Aug 06, 2009

This book sounds very cool, thanks for the suggestion HeatherS!

Aug 06, 2009

A brilliant critique on our penchant as human beings to buy into the latest fad. Close to a satiric masterpiece, Ferguson provides razor-sharp observations regarding the outrageously successful self-help industry and how this reflects on our society. Hilarious and scathing!


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