Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Day the World Ends (Closed)

The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.


My Thoughts:
This book was pitched to me as the weirdest book of poems from the weirdest half of the weirdest sibling director duo ever. Now honestly....how is anyone supposed to resist that awesome pitch? I know that I couldn't, so looked forward to seeing what strange delights awaited me!

I like poetry. Never thought much about it, but have been known to dabble every now and again. And Ethan certainly lives up to the promised "sharp, strange, and sneaky-good" reviews! Have to warn you though that these are definitely for adults only, as there is adult language in several of the poems!

I don't know that I've ever read a book of poetry before (does Dr. Seuss count?), so wasn't sure what to expect. I couldn't read it in one sitting, but found that I enjoyed the poems more if I digested them in small bites. I'd pick it up throughout the day and read a poem or two. Some I enjoyed more than others, but the majority of them were amusing, thought-provoking, or just plain head-scratching. What does come through loud and clear is that Ethan is a very creative (and weird) man.

My favorites included "Therapy", about going to see a therapist about his depression over growing older. Loved that her answer was basically what do you want me to do about it? You just know that therapists have thought that during sessions, and this one actually had the nerve to say it! Also liked "Getting Old" that begins "Getting old/It really sucks". My kind of poetry!

In honor of April being National Poetry Month (who knew?), the publisher is kindly offering one copy of The Day the World Ends to one of my lucky readers!




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Must be 18 or older to enter
Winners will be chosen by Random.org
Giveaway will close April 30, 2012 at 11:59PM EST

10 comments:

  1. Poetry isn't ever really my thing. I guess I'm just not romantic enough for it. Good luck to everyone else who enters though!

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    1. I'm not big on romantic poetry either, but am more an Ogden Nash sort of poetry fan. :)

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  2. Yes, I'm sure Dr Seuss does indeed count, such a great introduction to poetry in my opinion.

    Weird I like, weird I can associate with which is more than can be said of some poems I've read. Glad you seemed to enjoy this, good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

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  3. Ah yes...poetry is usually best devoured one page at a time. Glad you enjoyed it! Admittedly the first time I've heard of it, but it does sound curious. ^_^

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    1. Seems that Ethan Coen is multi-talented, as I never knew he was a poet either!

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  4. I like poetry in very, very, very small doses. ;) Ethan Coen, though?...that makes me very curious.

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    1. Very, very small doses is how I like it too! Some of the poems were short and some were longer, but overall it was an unique collection!

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  5. Oh this sounds like a fun take on poetry. :) Thanks for the review!

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    1. Have new respect for the man, as some of his poems were pretty good!

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