Buy The Humorist by Russell Kane (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 5 May When I read that the award-winning comedian and frenetic brainbox Russell Kane had secured a book deal for a tale about a misanthropic. 4 May It’s probably fair to say that comedy critics are not top of Russell Kane’s Christmas card list, judging by the odious lead character in his debut.

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It turns out that White has discovered the potent secret of comedy.

Russell Kane is a talented comedian, it’s just a shame it didn’t show through with this book. At the height of his profession as a comedy critic, yet lacking any kind of human empathy, Benjamin discovers a formula that will allow him to construct the most powerful joke the world has ever known.

The premise of The Humorist grabbed my attention – a comedy critic, gifted with savant-like understanding of humour, discovers a joke so powerful that anyone who hears it laughs themselves to death.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. I didn’t finish this. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I found it compelling to start with but once I put it down and picked it up again I found it dull, unsympathetic and unengaging. A Monty Python sketch had the same premise, of course, a fact Kane not only acknowledges, but cleverly weaves into the fabric of his own fiction, alongside the Stoic Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli.

Some people will love it. Books by Russell Kane. Jun 07, Steven rated it it was ok. Maybe something more was in order there. Plot-wise, not a whole lot happens, but we get a detailed portrait of our character, and the psyche of a man gifted with a deep understanding of humour, but cursed with an inability to laugh.

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Yet Benjamin is cursed, too: Cousin – yes, their weird love-affair was pretty well fleshed-out, but we didn’t really see any reasons why she felt so close to the protagonist. Sign up for the latest news on authors, books, events, video and more. Get our latest book recommendationsauthor news and sweepstakes right to your inbox. Devotees of the art of stand-up will no doubt welcome Kane’s satirical take on its processes, even if he is occasionally heavy-handed when making his points.

I did stick it out to the end, but honestly just felt it got worse and worse. Russell Kane’s on-stage flourishes may suit his live act but they do not translate well onto the page. Surprised at the low reviews on here! I love Russell Kane as a stand up, but found this book to be hugely pretentious, like he wanted us to know that he knows big words and philosophy.

Nov 14, Irina dewi rated it did not like it. Jul 30, Clare Williams rated it it was ok. The problem with a character who lacks empathy is that you have to be a very good writer to make them likeable in any way. Refresh and try again.

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I’m not trying to take this book very literally, as it’s obviously meant as a farcical romp, but I think some of the interactions would’ve been more humorous if they were presented in a more-realistic way is all. I don’t think that I’m the right sort of audience for this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Visit our channel on YouTube. Worth a read but you probably need to be his humorkst to understand his writing style as he writes as he speaks.

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Kane is not a very good writer and I was bored of Benjamin White by about page Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I found myself re-reading paragraphs just so I could understand what was going on.

Meet Benjamin White, blessed since his infancy with an extraordinary gift: I reached 70 pages and put this book down to read other things.

The Humorist, by Russell Kane

Strangely, though, the jokes aren’t funny — not even snippets we hear of the routine so potent it makes listeners bleed from the eyes and die.

It’s almost as if the book is excusing all Kane’s purposeful stances on stage. Jan 26, Darren Lacey rated it did not like it. Topics Fiction The Observer.

Making him a paedophile would probably be a step too far, so Kane contents himself with throwing the rest of the book of unpleasant traits at him. But it wasn’t enough to make up for the rest of the book.

Please don’t take that as a compliment. Spitfire By John Nichol. But back to the story.

Watch videos of your favorite authors. I was really disappointed by this book. I barely made it past the first two chapters before giving up the will to live There’s a fun conspiracy theory thrown in that connects some legendary comedians and their deaths to the killer routine.

Aoife rated it it was ok Jun 30, Feb 26, Lizzie rated it liked it. Not sure what Benjamins motivation was though?

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