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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Happyslapped by a Jellyfish by Karl Pilkington. Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: Pack your suitcase and take an irreverent trip with Karl Pilkington to the furthest corners of Europe. From sunbathing in t-shirts and lizards the length of Toblerones, to a toxic apartment in Ibiza with a used loo that can’t be flushed, these witty musings could put you off travelling forever!
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Oct 09, Maureen rated it liked it. There’s nothing funnier than seeing him as the reluctant traveller, having to do Ricky Gervais’s bidding. He’s funny in the tv series, because he doesn’t have time to think about where he’s going, what he’s going to do, unlike the book, where he even manages to do things he’s actually interested in!
I much prefer the tv series with Karl at his best being completely miserable, and hilariously funny. View all 22 comments. For me, the genius of Karl in the podcasts is that he was unaware that he is such a hilarious man. Steve and Ricky set him going – and then we laughed along with them at his ridiculous, outlandish statements.
In this book, Karl is aware that he is an amusing man but he is trying to recreate his spontaneous, natural statements in a concious way. Originally the humour resided in the fact that he was unaware how funny his opinions are – now he’s aware of it and is deliberately doing it, some of the For me, the genius of Karl in the podcasts is that he was unaware that he is such a hilarious man.
Originally the humour resided in the fact that he was unaware how funny his opinions are – now he’s aware of it and is deliberately doing it, some of the humour has inevitably been lost. Regardless of that, this is an amusing book and it’s very easy to read. Sep 08, Sun Brockie rated it really liked it.
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Not sure if it’s because I’m a big fan of the Ricky Gervais XFM broadcasts and his famed podcasts as Karl is nearly the main feature in them all but this book was hilarious! Definitely the polar opposite of an intellectual read, but worth it for the hilarity. None of the stories are fiction either – at least to Karl they aren’t. Would have taken me less than a day to get thru the book if I had a day to waste.
Definitely a good Not sure if it’s because I’m a big fan of the Ricky Gervais XFM broadcasts and his famed podcasts as Karl is nearly the main feature in them all but this book was hilarious!
Definitely a good break-book in between your serious reading. Did I ever mention Karl Pilkington is my hero? Apr 21, Kirsty rated it liked it Shelves: I bought this with my boyfriend in mind, but ended up reading it myself before I’d even given it to him.
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I was surprised that I was so little amused by the book. I find Pilkington very funny indeed, but as a lot of these stories have been recounted in the podcasts which I’ve listened to, there wasn’t anything which felt overly fresh about it. A tiny bit disappointing.
Feb 02, Sam Still Reading rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I, like a lot of people, know Karl Pilkington as the reluctant traveller from the television programme An Idiot Abroad. When I saw this online at a very good price, I simply had to pick it up. This book is a collection of diary entries and summaries from trips Karl has done with his family, mates and school chums. Or should that be bad luck? Karl seems to be fraught with it on his travels.
My mother and father have a sandwich shop, not anything involving butts but I found it easy to follow along, perhaps because I know some English people who use the same colloquialisms! If you like your humour deadpan and stating the obvious, this is the book for you as a light read. Jan 29, Larry rated it it was ok. Not something I’d read usually but my wife got it from the library so it was lying around. If nothing else, this book settled the question for me of whether Karl is a comedy genius or just an idiot Sep 23, Amy Watt rated it liked it Shelves: This is gonna be a quick review as I have 3 logs and 2 assessments this week.
This book is typical Karl Pilkington – nothing ever impresses him and misfortune seems to follow him. The book is written like a diary in some parts and in others it’s more flashback sort of things of every holiday he’s had. I didn’t like it as much as An Idiot Abroad – this is going to sound mean but I preferred it when he went to places that he didn’t want to go to – not on holidays he’s booked himself.
I liked how Step This is gonna be a quick review as I have 3 logs and 2 assessments this week. I liked how Stephen and Ricky always had something mean planned for him and that Karl didn’t know what was going on until it actually happened. Saying that, I did like this book – it was quite sweet. In an old man sort of way. My two favourite things about this book were the captioned photos, a 2. My two favourite things about this book were the captioned photos, and this quote about my country: People always say how good it is, but I can’t be bothered going as it’s in the middle of nowhere and hard to get to.
People keep going on about global warming, asking us to turn the heating down cos the ice is melting and polar bears are drowning, but no one cares.
They should tell everyone that angry spiders from Australia are moving over here cos of the heat, and then we’d soon turn off one of the bars on the fire. I like Karl Pilkingtonit is hard not to like him. The book contains Karl’s tales on his holiday experiences and his musing on life. With pictures and Karl’s illustrations.
Fun and quick read. May 30, Abeille rated it did not like it. Dull anecdotes trying hard to be clever, and missing the mark. Perhaps this comedian shines in live shows, but I found his stories completely lackluster in print. Sep 13, Reenie rated it it was ok Shelves: Feb 16, Gerard Mcghee rated it did not like it.
I am a big fan of Karl Pilkington, but this was disappointing. I realy wanted this book to make me laugh as hard as the 1st book did, perhaps some of the higher ratings here are a little guilty of hero worshipping. Sep 19, Avdrdr rated it it was ok. Karl is a hilarious guy but somehow his humour doesn’t translate well through text, I think it’s best when his naivety is questioned by Ricky and Steve and he is then forced to explain his reasoning.
I enjoyed the read as it was entertaining but only gave it 2 stars. Aug 27, Librarian rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is taking me forever to get through because I can barely see the words through my tears from laughter. Ok, maybe that’s a bit hyperbolic, but this is one seriously funny book. Jan 06, Athena Macmillan rated it liked it Shelves: The author continues on from his first book “An Idiot Abroad”, and while it has some funny parts and is reasonably entertaining, it wasn’t quite on par with it’s predecessor.
Jun 15, Matt Perry rated it really liked it. Jan 30, Samantha Freeman rated it liked it. Good but not his best.
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The Words of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
When you start reading his books you see some repetitions. Feb 19, Gabrielle rated it liked it Shelves: The amount of joy Karl’s words of wisdom bring to me when my mood is black and I feel hopeless is worth an unlimited amount of stars. I know I will smile if I pick up one of his books While I wish the book was a bit longer, and I wish the travelogues of each place he visits were more organized the book is verrry disjointed in a stream-of-consciousness way that doesn’t really suit travel booksoverall, it’s a bright ray of gleefully pessimistic hilarity.
May 02, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Classic Karl Brilliant book.
I leant my paperback copy to a mate and I Never saw it again. Karl might not be a massive fan of going on holiday but he certainly has traveled. Luck bugger he is too, the places he writes about here makes them sound interesting. He makes the mundane sound thrilling. That is a compliment by happyslappex way.