“I used to have a plan. It wasn’t a brilliant blueprint designed by crafty German Bauhaus architects. It was a simple outline for how I wanted to live my life. And, without wanting to sound boastful, I think that it was a solid plan: have some fun while I’m young, work hard after college, meet a couple of ladies, marry one of them, make lots of money, drive an expensive car, have some kids, worry about my receding hairline, watch lots of sports on TV, die. A nice, basic plan, right? And everything was unfolding beautifully. I was in the middle of step six, blissfully unaware of the shitstorm that was heading my way, when the bottom fell out – of my marriage, that is. The expensive car held up nicely.” ~ Andrew Gottlieb
How do you adjust when life throws you a curveball? Do you pack it in or push on? How do you release your grief in a positive manner? ‘Drink, Play, F@#k’ deals with these themes and more; loss, liberation, freedom, providence and love. Andrew reveals himself during a turbulent part of his life. The story takes place in three countries, Ireland, United States and Thailand, each of which presents new challenges and provides new insights.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost
This title parodies the popular novel and film, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, which discusses a lot of the same themes. Don’t be fooled by title, this book doesn’t lack depth. He comes from a place of hurt, discovery and awareness. The neurosis of a man lost after a subservient marriage, which surfaces now and again as a basis of comparison.
This book was recommended to me and I read a lot of the reviews after completing it. I wanted to get a sense of what other people were saying. The reviews were an even split, you either really loved it or really hated it immensely.
Most people who enjoyed this serving of fun, respected the man’s journey to find himself in a world that had been torn apart by divorce. I think in our present time, divorce is as prominent as marriage, so ‘Drink, Play, F@#k’ did resonate with me. I understood his plight and respected his reawakening process.
The people who disliked it, were either upset that their wasn’t enough sleeping around or the fact that he periodically references his marriage. I understand how it may be portrayed as whining, but to know where the man concluded, you have to know where he began. People who have read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and expect this to be similar or identical, go elsewhere. Andrew’s journey in comparison to Elizabeth’s could be construed as shallow, but it’s his story to tell and it’s a hell of a story.
My thoughts on the content are pretty evident. I loved this book and most of the themes expressed, I’ve felt. The portion of the book I didn’t think I’d be interested in ‘Play’, really captivated me and mirrored some inefficiencies in my own personality. I would recommend this to anyone searching for escapism or just a good, fun read.