Happiness

Happiness

The Novel Formerly Known as Generica

Book - 2002
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A self-help manuscript lands on the desk of Edwin de Valu, an overworked, underpaid editor, and he immediately dismisses it. An oddly jumbled book, one that promises to help readers lose weight, stop smoking, find inner peace and achieve true happiness. Yeah, right. Before he knows it, the book is published and Edwin is caught up in the plague of happiness that ensues.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Penguin Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780143012719
0143012711
Characteristics: V11, 339 p ; cm

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andreas1111 Jul 05, 2013

This book begins totally brilliant and finishes still pretty strong. If the second half had been as funny as the first i would have given it five stars. Among other things this is a great send up of the self help industry.

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birdiefish
May 25, 2011

This book was a keen, biting, unapologetic comment on our society. The "untranslatables" were the best part of the whole thing! The book actually led me to purchasing "They Have A Word For It", which was Ferguson's main source for these powerful words.

zed33 Nov 12, 2009

This book made me laugh, it made me think and it made me read everything Ferguson has written since.
He is a very intelligent, funny writer. He occasionally angered me with some of his opinions about Canadians and what it means to be one, but again made me think, which I like from an author. Fiction or Non.

Grover Aug 06, 2009

This book sounds very cool, thanks for the suggestion HeatherS!

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HeatherS
Aug 06, 2009

A brilliant critique on our penchant as human beings to buy into the latest fad. Close to a satiric masterpiece, Ferguson provides razor-sharp observations regarding the outrageously successful self-help industry and how this reflects on our society. Hilarious and scathing!

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