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

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Feb 14, 2009 - Humor - 240 pages
One man’s spiritual journey to rediscover how much he hates spiritual journeys. “A dizzyingly fun parody” (Publishers Weekly).
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 playing it safe, 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 Weis 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 Sullivan finds isn’t at all what he expected.
“Two years after invading every bookshelf across the world, something positive has come out of Elizabeth Gilbert’s mind-numbingly self-absorbed memoir: Andrew Gottlieb’s fictional response.” —Monica Weymouth, Metro

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Not as sophomoric nor prurient as expected, but then around Chapter 31 or so (there are as many chapters as there are numerals on a roulette wheel) the plot jumps the shark. I mean it almost literally jumps the shark. I never read Eat, Pray and Love so perhaps I've missed a great deal here. Read full review

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User Review  - shelleyraec - LibraryThing

Not as funny as I hoped. It reads more like a sitcom that relies on visuals than a novel with enough detail and nuance to really draw you in. That said a quick easy boy-lit read - men will likely enjoy it so it was OK. Read full review

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Andrew Gottlieb started out as a staff writer for MTV Networks. Since then he has wide experience as a comedy writer in and producer of in sit coms, feature films, and books. He was writer for Nickelodeon’s “Catdog,” ABC’s “The Paula Poundstone Show,” a story editor for NBC’s “The Sing Guy”, and co-producer for NBC’s “Watching Ellie” and UPN’s “Malcolm & Eddie” He is currently writing and producing Z Rock, an original TV show that he co-created for the Independent Film Channel.
Being the son of the late Paul Gottlieb, who was head of Abrams for years, and the stepson of Elisabeth Scharlatt of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill’s, Andrew is very knowledgeable about the publishing industry.

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