When I first saw this book at the library, I thought it was Eat, Pray, Love. Then I noticed what the title really said and I busted out laughing.
Drink, Play, [email protected]#k: One Man’s Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand by Andrew Gottlieb is the Eat, Pray, Love story told from the man’s side. After a failed marriage, the main character Bob Sullivan, decides to take a year off for himself. He kicks off his year by drinking massive amounts of booze in Ireland. Then he heads to Las Vegas for a few months of gambling and golf. And the final destination has him heading for the beaches in Thailand.
The first 50 pages of this book were enjoyable. It was funny, self-depreciating and felt honest. Then the story got tedious. The gambling section felt like it was written by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Our main character, who was recovering from a painful divorce, stopped being real. The reader is subjected to an 80 page love letter about gambling and golf. Not an ounce of humor or sincerity. I thought the last section in Thailand would save the book, but it was atrocious. The ending was more “chick flick” than any any “chick flick” I’ve ever seen.
Drink, Play, [email protected]#k is the worst book I’ve read in years. It felt like it was written in one sitting. I do love the title though.