Riding the Elephant A Memoir of Altercations Humiliations Hallucinations and Observations [Ebook epub] by Craig Ferguson

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For a stand up comedy performance Craig discusses his deep love for his native Scotland examines his profound psychic change brought on by fatherhood and looks at aging and mortality with a perspective that he was incapable of as a younger man Each story is strung together in a colorful tapestry that ultimately reveals a complicated man who has learned to process and even enjoy the unusual trajectory of his li. this review is for the audiobook edition narrated by the author craig fergusonyep it was okay i find ferguson generally pretty clever and entertaining and he can certainly throw together a sentence that smacks but i never really clicked with this one apart from uite enjoying listening to his scottishness

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Riding the Elephant A Memoir of Altercations Humiliations Hallucinations and Observations

From the comedian actor and former host of The Late Late Show comes an irreverent lyrical memoir in essays featuring his signature witCraig Ferguson has defied the odds his entire life He has failed when he should have succeeded and succeeded when he should have failed The fact that he is neither dead nor in a locked facility at the time of printing is something of a miracle in itself In Craig's candid and reve. The only reason I was interested in reading this was because I read a short story by Craig Ferguson though I can t remember which collection it was in and I really enjoyed it I enjoyed this audiobook as wellCraig Ferguson is a Scottish American and he is hilarious He s honest about his addictions and alcoholism about his marriages and about his career At times I nearly lost it listening to him talk about the huge zit that appeared on his nose just before the big school dance He talked about stepping in dog poop He talked about sports teamsyeah the Packers v Broncos bit just slayed meOverall this book was fun and now I would like to read or listen to of his work RecommendedI downloaded this book from my local library Libraries RULE

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Aling memoir readers will get a look into the mind and recollections of the uniue and twisted Scottish American who became a national hero for pioneering the world's first TV robot skeleton sidekick and reviving two dudes in a horse suit dancing as a form of entertainmentIn Riding the Elephant there are some stories that are too graphic for television too politically incorrect for social media or too meditative. Instagram Twitter455In my recent review of Educated by Tara Westover as in the review I posted right before this one I said that the attraction memoirs hold for me has nothing to do with the identity of the author and all to do with their experiences I read on paper Contradicting myself almost entirely I picked up Craig Ferguson s latest memoir precisely because of who Craig Ferguson is I m not sure I would have prioritised it if I had read its synopsis alone but the fact that Craig was one of the first comedians to introduce me to the concept of stand up late night television as it was in the past decade the cultural vortex of American and British he embodied and the notion that comedians have a lot materials than a few random videos on YouTube yes I was not going to give this a missI can definitely say that Ferguson s writing has improved in this one How can I measure someone s writing improvement when I m comparing two memoirs one might ask Well I couldn t possibly tell you All I can say is I chose the audiobook for both Ferguson s narration is the way to goI think and I liked Riding the Elephant even than American on Purpose The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot I felt that his comedic self shone brighter in this one compared to his earlier memoir that had a lot information on how his life unraveled chronologically which I very much liked but I was mostly aware of through his shows I told you I m a fan Whilst there were bits and pieces in here that I was already familiar with the way he told his stories made them so enjoyable that I once again laughed out loudI also thought that Riding the Elephant was very much two thingsA An ode to British culture which is and always will be a part of him the way that American on Purpose was a celebration of his chosen home as a naturalised American citizen He is a proud American which doesn t make him any less of a proud Scot and that s that I strategically employ the term British here because a lot of its content has to do with England the time he spent in London his interpretation the country s policies and the way a Scottish person views the English nation Mind you there is no sugarcoating here Craig s opinions do not attempt to coddle and fondle Precisely the reason why I kept smiling and laughing throughout the bookB A love letter to his wife and family I think his life lessons and bright mind led him to become that person that oozes praise and gratitude for his family which has earned my respect He s also well read without attempting to throw it into anyone s face it s so very humbling to witnessSo why knock off half a star you might think Give it a whole 5 you cheapo Now the thing is I very much could I enjoyed this book immensely But it was Ferguson who first planted the seed of the idea that just because you like somebody and that somebody is celebrity you don t automatically stop seeing any fault in them Fame is not to be deified indirectly uoting him here At times I thought that the book tried to please the reader so in sight of this politically correct attire that I might be actually inventing since I have known Ferguson s work to not conform to such patterns whatsoever I thought I should make my point by stating that this was not the best book of all time for me albeit one of my favourites this year So I guess this is very much an overthinking individual writing a redundant paragraph over here HiI think that if you re looking for a laugh or even if you re in the mood to explore any of the subjects mentioned above though someone else s authentic viewpoint you ll very much appreciate Riding the Elephant regardless of who the author is and whether you re a fan of his work For me it elevated the reading experience to know in a sense the voice behind the narrative the person behind the pen As a non British person with a very predictable tendency to romantisise everything British this book was a perfect fit


10 thoughts on “Riding the Elephant A Memoir of Altercations Humiliations Hallucinations and Observations

  1. says:

    The only reason I was interested in reading this was because I read a short story by Craig Ferguson though I can't remember which collection it was in and I really enjoyed it I enjoyed this audiobook as wellCraig Ferguson is a Scottish American and he is hilarious He's honest about his addictions and alcoholism about his marriages and about h

  2. says:

    I loved Craig Ferguson's late night show I enjoyed his radio show whenever I could Even when I wasn't a big reader

  3. says:

    I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway Craig Ferguson's memoir is full of laughs reflections and sage advice I enjoyed that the memoir was in the form of essays He was open about his struggle with drugs and alcohol and the impact it had on his life I learned how a pile of dog poop can change your entire year I can neve

  4. says:

    Craig Ferguson is a very funny man In this book he manages to talk about the depression drug and alcohol abuse he's dealt with over his life and is funny about it If you're a fan of Ferguson you'll like this book As a memoir on it's own I didn't gain any new insights or anything but I still enjoyed the read

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    Instagram | Twitter455In my recent review of Educated by Tara Westover as in the review I posted right before this one I said that the attrac

  6. says:

    I usually stick to fiction as a reader because reading is my escape I need to be able to lose myself in untrue stories If a

  7. says:

    I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway I enjoyed watching Craig's late night show years ago so I was interested in reading this book Craig's brand of humor shines in this book with a thoughtful look at various events in his life t

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    this review is for the audiobook edition narrated by the author craig fergusonyep it was okay i find ferguson generally pretty clever and entertaining and he can certainly throw together a sentence that smacks but

  9. says:

    Yes five stars But hear me out Even though I have long loved Craig Ferguson since Drew Carey this guy is a really really good writer

  10. says:

    Oh this is such a good book I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author When I finished I restarted it to listen some I first learned about Craig Ferguson from his late night show He was funny and I was impressed when he refused to lampoon Britney Spears following her mental health crisisThen I read American on Purpose I lov