A Novel

Book - 2001
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Edwin de Valu, an overworked editor at Panderic Press, is in trouble. The weekly editorial meeting isn't going well and he needs a hit for the upcoming fall season. In desperation he presents a previously rejected self-help manuscript, "What I Learned on the Mountain,"by Tupak Soiree.

Much to Edwin's chagrin, the project is accepted. But even from the early editorial stages there are ominous signs that the manuscript may be more than Edwin ever bargained for. A janitor who reads the manuscript is suddenly transformed into a millionaire philanthropist. After skimming through the paragraphs on "sexual realignment,"Edwin's wife eagerly turns their marriage bed into a passion pit of artful sexual techniques.

After publication, the book becomes an instant bestseller. But can this self-help book be the real thing? Dismayed by the plague of happiness that ensues, Edwin seeks to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Tupak Soiree and the book he unleashed on our unsuspecting world.

In this satirical, fast-paced novel, Ferguson skewers society's obsession with self-improvement and pokes fun at generational divides.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780140299847
Characteristics: vi, 309 p. ;,23 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.

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!

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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