Join Me

by Danny Wallace | Entertainment |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by Olliebear of Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on 6/9/2005
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Olliebear from Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 09, 2005
Picked up for my NSSSSSSSSSSSS.....SSSSS.....SSSS recipient! Hope you like it!

Journal Entry 2 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I opened my NSSSSS today - wow, what a haul :-)
Thanks Olliebear, you’re just too kind :-)




I opened my parcel and I got:
a handmade very funky bag
a handwritten note
a handmade bookmark
a handmade brooch
Gunner Milligan 954024: Spike Milligan
Join Me: Danny Wallace

Huge thanks and I’ll look forward to reading very soon!
The Danny Wallace will take pride of place in my PC if that's ok? :-)

Journal Entry 3 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, June 25, 2005
This is such a fantastic and funny book!
Join Me Website

Danny Wallace writes engagingly and with honesty. The impetus for his "Join Me" Cult, sorry collective, is the death of his swiss great-uncle Gallus. After the war, Gallus had tried to form a collective of people to live and work on his farm, but only managed to find 3 people, and shortly after gave up the attempt. Danny decides to do something similar, in his Great uncles' memory, and advertises in Loot for people to join him.

What's interesting is Danny's honesty and his sense of finding his way as he goes along. On one level, you could read this as a jokey movement, people joining up on the web and doing random acts of kindness every Friday. But as Danny realises, the 'movement' gives people the permission to do 'nice things' and all his joinees define their membership in personal terms.

I particularly enjoyed all the mentions of Switzerland, and Danny's faith in the healing powers of a nice cup of tea!

"I know what I want out of life, and by gracious, I know how to get it. But what I want out of life is usually a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, and how to get it involves nothing more than a short stroll to the kitchen, so I'm not sure if that really counts alongside the achievement of others." (Page 14)

"Across the street was another cafe, this one called Cafe Guize, and I decided that maybe all I needed to cheer me up was a cup of tea in a place without the negative memories the previous one had suddenly developed. You'd be surprised at the miracles that tea can pull off." (Page 148)

The passage near the end of the book, when he returns to Switzerland to formally 'record' the end of his quest, even made me cry a little :-)

An excellent book! Many thanks again to Olliebear for this NSSSSS gift!


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