Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Notebook: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max




My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.- Tucker Max


That is as simple as it gets. The book itself backs this up 110% and more. Inside are the tales of Tucker Max’s adventures of drunkenness and debauchery. We learn was what it means to be “Tucker Max Drunk”. He has a scathing wit that knows no bounds. What surprised me the most was this was recommended to me from a female friend who is nothing like the women described in the book.

If your of the faint of heart and blush at graphic sexual encounters then this won’t be for you. He can be down right mean at times and does use women for personal pleasure without much thought for them. Though in one chapter he realizes that the tables could easily be turned on him and hit’s him like a ton of bricks and goes on a Tucker Max Drunk” bender.

Even though he is a total asshole he does have an amazing eye for detail and a self depreciating wit that had me rolling with laughter at times. At times one could find yourself actually sympathizing with this deplorable character. He doesn’t  apologize nor shy away from anything in the book. The only criticism I have is that by the end of the book each tale seem to have a similar theme and became a bit repetitive but not too bad.

The book may seem immature and childish at first glance yet it does have it’s entertaining moments and is surprisingly written in a clear easy to read manner. Dialogue is surprising well detailed at times despite being pretty trashed in many scenes(though he does admit using a voice activated pocket tape recorder later). Like many things it comes down to expectations. If your expecting a classic Pulitzer prize winning piece literature your probably not going to find it here. If your looking for some “guy” orientated sexual debauchery, drunken escapades and a scathing sense of humor this would be just what you wanted.

Here’s an interview with Tucker Max:

Tucker Max Links:

It’s Up To You

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