Imatge de l'autor

Craig Ferguson

Autor/a de American on Purpose

25+ obres 2,183 Membres 96 Ressenyes 8 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Crèdit de la imatge: Rachel Lovinger

Obres de Craig Ferguson

American on Purpose (2009) 1,198 exemplars
Between the Bridge and the River (2006) 672 exemplars
El Jardín de la Alegría (2000) — Screenplay and Actor — 60 exemplars
Doc Martin: Series 1 (2004) — Creator — 41 exemplars
Doc Martin: Series 1-5 plus the Movies (2013) — Writer — 10 exemplars
I'll Be There (2003) 9 exemplars
I'm Here To Help (2013) 7 exemplars
Does This Need To Be Said (2011) 5 exemplars
Niagara Motel (2008) 3 exemplars
DVD Book Leeds (DVD Books) (2008) 2 exemplars

Obres associades

Brave [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 994 exemplars
How to Train Your Dragon [2010 film] (2010) — Voice — 916 exemplars
Kick-Ass [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 311 exemplars
Winnie the Pooh [2011 film] (2011) — Actor — 187 exemplars
The Big Tease [1999 film] (1982) 22 exemplars
Big Top Scooby-Doo! [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 14 exemplars
Modern Vampires [1998 film] (2003) 7 exemplars
Then Came You [2020 film] — Actor — 7 exemplars
Winnie the Pooh: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Duck Duck Goose [2018 film] (2018) — Actor — 1 exemplars


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A collection of random thoughts and memories sprinkled with the author's signature humor. A mixed bag with no clear direction, so I'd say it's only for fans.

While "American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot" felt like a victory lap on "making it" in the USA with a clear arc and themes, this one has no single focus and it's hard to summarize it. I'd say it presents what comes after you sign off from the showbiz race and discover other purposes in life. There are themes of facing one's own fears, dealing with death, building a family, thinking about one's legacy... but there is also a 3 page long description of Japanese toilets and few more pages about the author's tattoos. Every meaningful insight is undercut with some silliness that I couldn't care less about, so it was a bumpy ride and the elephant stumbled a bit.

If you are a Craig's fan, go for the audiobook (maybe it's worth an extra star?). If you are not, skip this one - I think it doesn't give enough context to stand on its own feet, so remove one star from my rating.
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sperzdechly | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Apr 24, 2024 |
Oddly, this book does not benefit from being read by the author.
Dorothy2012 | Hi ha 58 ressenyes més | Apr 22, 2024 |
Road trip audiobook!

I was flailing about for a book to listen to on a car trip and picked this one based on the fact that I liked Craig Ferguson's performance as Owl in the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie singing about the Backson, his supporting role on Drew Carey's old sitcom, and a funny stand-up routine about Sean Connery I once randomly downloaded to iTunes from a free Amazon comedy sampler. I've never seen more than snippets of his talk show.

This isn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be as Ferguson reflects on his family history and alcoholism and makes a few stabs at some literary passages, but I was entertained overall for the length of my drive and will probably seek out his earlier autobiography at some point.

For the sensitive: Ferguson can be a jackass as he pushes back against political correctness with his paranoid take on the MeToo movement and some other unnecessary and unwelcome opinions. Proceed with caution.
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villemezbrown | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Mar 16, 2024 |
This is a literary slideshow through the author's life. It shows some nice photos and some nasty ones, all of them commented with witty and self-deprecating humor. I wish we could stop and go deeper with a few ones, but the author allows just a glance and pushes forward...

I have serious doubts if this book was written for readers, it feels like it was written more for the author. It gives him a chance to appreciate everyone who supported, inspired, or influenced him. I mean EVERYONE, even nameless drunkards that happened to be in a right place and time. There are numerous short episodes in this book that could've been cut out as they are not really interesting or meaningful for the whole arc... but I believe there were kept to not miss any character that shaped Craig into a person who he is now.

If you've ever watched the Late Late Show, you'll get exactly the kind of humor you'd expect. It's light, funny, and can unexpectedly turn very dark and serious... for a moment. It helps to go softly through the trauma of poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, personal and professional failures, keeping them all at a distance for most of the time. I liked the short serious bits that felt more sincere and I wish they were longer.

Overall, it's a good book. There are some laughing-out-loud funny moments and some painful ones as well. I recommend the audiobook read by the author for an extra dose of Scottish accent and authenticity.
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sperzdechly | Hi ha 58 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2024 |



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