3 out of 4 stars
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Drunk Talk by Mike Davis and TL Banks consists of 48 chapters called discussions. Discussion topics include religion, slavery, racism, and homosexuality. This is just a small sample of the collection of topics discussed in this book. The book begins with a short introduction explaining that the discussions are drunken rants and result from conversations with other drunks on these sensitive topics. The introduction warns readers that they will need thick skins because they will be insulted by the authors at various times while reading this book.
The concept behind the book is that the authors are drunk and very opinionated about the topics presented. As a result of their liquid courage, their opinions are unfiltered and unapologetic. For example, religion is compared to theater. The difference is that with religious services you pay through donations during the performance rather than purchasing a ticket in advance. Readers are advised to “move on from this nonsense, sucker, and try being lord and savior to yourself.” Topics are covered in a humorous manner; however, there is a sharp edge to the opinions of the authors. They use a significant amount of profanity to make their points throughout the discussions. Name-calling is also prevalent.
For the most part, I found this book to be very humorous. I believe the authors achieved their goal of conveying the information from a drunken perspective. Although some readers may be offended by the harsh language, the authors ask readers to lighten up about sensitive topics. They provide unique viewpoints on happiness and the struggles of life. The book provides advice on a wide range of topics. The advice is interesting and explained to readers in a light-hearted manner. For example, the key to happiness is to enjoy your life in the present, instead of hoping for better days in the future. I think people tend to focus on the future and miss opportunities available for them in the present. Therefore, I agree with the advice provided in this book in several instances.
What I enjoyed most about this book were the frank discussions presented by the authors. They did not shy away from sensitive topics. They also did not filter the opinions they presented to readers. The authors’ opinions on the topics were explained and rationalized. The profanity and name-calling were what I enjoyed least about the book. I understand that the objective was to present rants on sensitive topics from the perspective of a drunk person. However, I believe readers may find this type of language offensive. Also, I don’t believe it is necessary to include profanity and name-calling to have the discussions that the authors provide in this book.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy books that take a humorous look at many of the issues and concerns in the world today. The authors provide their unfiltered opinions about sensitive topics in a light-hearted manner. The authors consistently recommend that readers have a drink and lighten up. This reinforces the light-hearted and humorous perspective that the authors wanted to convey. Readers easily offended by frank discussions about sensitive topics or profanity may not enjoy these discussions. I am not able to give this book a perfect score because there were more than ten errors in the book. Therefore, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
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