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Join Me de Danny Wallace
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Join Me (edició 2004)

de Danny Wallace (Autor)

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Some men are born to lead. Others, not so much... Danny Wallace was bored. Just to see what would happen, he placed a whimsical ad in a local London paper. It said, simply, 'Join Me'. Within a month, he was receiving letters and emails from teachers, mechanics, sales reps, vicars, schoolchildren and pensioners - all pledging allegiance to his cause. But no one knew what his cause was. Soon he was proclaimed Leader. Increasingly obsessed and possibly power-crazed Danny risked losing his sanity and his loyal girlfriend. But who could deny the attraction of a global following of devoted joinees? A book about dreams, ambition and the responsibility that comes with power, Join Meis the true story of a man who created a cult by accident, and is proof that whilst some men were born to lead, others really haven't got a clue.… (més)
Membre:paul_titheridge
Títol:Join Me
Autors:Danny Wallace (Autor)
Informació:Ebury Press (2004), Edition: First Plume Printing, 400 pages
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I do wonder how much of this was story of was made up or smoothed down because it just worked out so well. In either case, Danny is a delightful, witty storyteller.

Inspired by a dream of his recently deceased grandfather Danny placed an ad in the newspaper with the simple instructions "Join me" and to send a passport photo to him. And people did.

Danny would then struggle with actually finding a purpose to his group while trying to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend. ( )
  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
I first met Wallace in "Are You Dave Gorman?" when he was Gorman's sidekick travelling around the world trying to meet as many other Dave Gorman's as possible. Back then I thought Wallace was the less interesting chap flying to fame on the waistcoat of Gorman. Reading their later solo books (including "Join Me", I realise it was the other way around.

At a funeral for his Swiss uncle, Wallace learns that Swiss uncle once tried to start a commune but could only get a handful people to join. Wallace decides, in honour of said uncle (and no doubt with an eye to a book deal), to get people to join his own group/cult. People do and "Join Me" chronicles Wallace's travels to meet his followers, his thoughts around what the hell to do with these followers, and, most importantly, his attempts to keep his girlfriend unaware of what he is doing. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 28, 2018 |
Sometimes books are the main event; sometimes they're good to keep you company. Danny Wallace's mildly amusing 'join me' definitely belongs to the latter group and kept me entertained without demanding my full attention.

Who is Danny Wallace and why does he want me to join him?

He's less well-known than friend and fellow funny bloke Dave Gorman, which explains the note on the front cover describing Wallace as the co-author of an earlier published book, 'Are You Dave Gorman?' Essentially, Gorman makes a living from pursuing odd obsessions, such as meeting numerous men who shared his full name, and then performing stand-up comedy and writing books about his experiences. It seems that Wallace, nominally self-employed as a games reviewer when the events depicted in this book occurred, wants to do the same. His laddish feat? Creating a cult / collective of increasingly diverse people, all of whom are prepared to 'join' him. Why? Sort of because his Great Uncle Gallus attempted to create a commune many years ago, but mostly because he was bored and lacked direction in life. Definitely not because his friend made a bet that he couldn't get a hundred followers. Nope. It wasn't a bet. Or a cult.

I'm still not very clear about this whole 'join me' malarky?

Nor was Wallace. As his followers dutifully sent him their passport photo as proof of their dedication to the collective and started calling him The Leader, Wallace scrabbled around for some cause, something for his followers to actually do. Clutching onto the idea of 'making an old man happy', Wallace gradually began to give his group some purpose as he continued jetting back and forth between an increasing number of counties and even countries to increase his follower count and inspire his membership. He frets that a nemesis within the group may be plotting a coup and tries to avoid telling his increasingly irritated girlfriend Hanne that he has accidentally started a cult.

Sounds bizarre. Do I want to read this?

Possibly. It's mildly entertaining from the outset, when Wallace uses a very short prologue to address the reader as if you were in face to face conversation ('You look lovely today, by the way.') The book is full of trivia - about giant squids, gnomes, anything the joinees are interested in. Wallace light-heartedly styles himself as the new Jesus ('"I'm not saying that I'm the new Jesus. I'm just saying that there's a very good chance that I might be."'), beginning each chapter with a short verse written in biblical style. This is laddish behaviour taken to extremes and it's not surprising that he refers to himself as a boy on several occasions and, in case all his gadding about has confused his readers, reminds us that '"I'm not a travel writer. I'm a bloke."' Righty-ho.

Hmm. Is this a bit too...silly?

It's light-hearted infotainment: treat it as such and you'll be fine. He speculates airily about whether his potential nemesis, Joinee Whitby, has mental health problems, while he flies to Scotland on a whim, then Paris on an even, erm, whimmier whim. He doesn't want to be associated with wackiness, but clearly his behaviour and collective is quite wacky - he recognises he wouldn't join himself!

That said, there is a genuinely lovely side to this story; many old men are made happy and many of the joinees use the collective as an opportunity to pursue acts of kindness. There's some reflection on how we can treat obstacles in our path and whather one bad apple should be allowed to spoil your perception of the bunch. If you can overlook Wallace's increasingly cavalier treatment of Hanne then it's quite heartwarming in places and it's kind of a shame that the Join Me website hasn't been updated since 2012 (although there are still joinees posting in the forum). Of course, you don't have to read the book to recognise that the world would be a lovelier place if we all committed more spontaneous acts of kindness, and we don't need to limit ourselves to just making old men happy.

I'm sure you've all seen variations on the slogan 'I can only please one person per day...today is not your day and tomorrow doesn't look good either'. Perhaps we should channel the spirit of Wallace's Karma Army and update the slogan to 'I can please one person per day...how can I help you?' ( )
1 vota brokenangelkisses | Aug 11, 2015 |
A delightful and inspiring book about one regular bloke making a difference. Danny doesn't try to change the world through heroics or superhuman effort or even hard work. It just kind of happens, and Danny goes along with it.

The writing is fun and light, good for a chuckle and a laugh. Danny is quite likable and it comes through in his writing. The length is good, the pacing is right, and I never found myself bored.

If you are looking for a fun book with an inspirational message without deep contemplation and soul searching, give this a try. At the very least, you'll have a good chuckle. ( )
  cdhtenn2k10 | Jan 15, 2012 |
"Join Me" was a very quick read and frequently made me giggle. It seems that starting a 'cult' can have its down side at times; Danny (aka The Leader) is constantly having to convince the people he meets that Join Me is a collective not a cult and I spent most of the book wondering what would happen when his girlfriend found out what he was up to.

When I stopped for lunch at a cafe, intending to carry on reading it while I ate, guess what was on their specials board. The Karma Army's favourite - Chicken Dansak! Do you think it's a sign? ( )
  isabelx | Feb 4, 2011 |
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Some men are born to lead. Others, not so much... Danny Wallace was bored. Just to see what would happen, he placed a whimsical ad in a local London paper. It said, simply, 'Join Me'. Within a month, he was receiving letters and emails from teachers, mechanics, sales reps, vicars, schoolchildren and pensioners - all pledging allegiance to his cause. But no one knew what his cause was. Soon he was proclaimed Leader. Increasingly obsessed and possibly power-crazed Danny risked losing his sanity and his loyal girlfriend. But who could deny the attraction of a global following of devoted joinees? A book about dreams, ambition and the responsibility that comes with power, Join Meis the true story of a man who created a cult by accident, and is proof that whilst some men were born to lead, others really haven't got a clue.

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