Dave Gorman Vs. the Rest of the World

by Dave Gorman | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0091928486 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on 10/14/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 14, 2021
I've read a couple of Dave Gorman's books, he seems to find fun and quirky things to do ... in this he takes on the world at playing 'off-line' games.

(23/10/21) *includes spoiler* I don’t really want to give away the ending, except to say that the penultimate game took an unexpected twist. Nobody died, but DG had an experience that shook his worldview and mojo. It affected the mood and finale of the book, which is a shame. The book starts with Gorman having some time on his hands, working part-time, and building up to wedding preparations, so he asked the Twitterverse if anyone wanted to play a game with him. As you can imagine he got lots of replies, but hadn’t really decided how it would work … although he must have believed that a quirky book was the inevitable outcome sometime down the line! There’s a lot of gentle humour, some insights into the British psyche, but mostly descriptions of Gorman travelling and playing games with various (mostly) strangers and oddball. There are some familiar favourites board games here (Monopoly, Subbuteo, Cluedo), pub & blokey games (darts, dominoes, crib, poker). But the real stars were the strange and exotic gems that he finds; throwing games, Kubb, Frisbee and the Smite world championships; modern ‘German style’ games that DG doesn’t really get; and others that defy description, an emu-based gane, Lewes ‘toad in the hole’, Egyptian Laser Chess and ‘IDVE’ Intelligent Design Versus Evolution. This last one is, unfortunately the defining game for the book, as above, but I mostly enjoyed the journey and concept.

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan at Storyhouse in Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (12/8/2021 UTC) at Storyhouse in Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom


This is going to the brilliant Storyhouse this evening, appropriate I'm going there for a book group. If you find this book, welcome to Book Crossing, enjoy!

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