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Basically, the book is full of one person's the author's observations of various racial stereotypes, his drunken and drugged experiences with various races, and his road to becoming a comedian. There is nothing about solving race relations whatsoever. Jun 17, Nancy rated it did not like it.
Ostensibly about solving race relations in America. In reality, an opportunity for a comic to spew forth drug, sex, and alcohol laced jokes and stereotypes. I feel very misled by the hype for this book. The only funny part was near the end where he identified ethnicities and racial groups according to social media tags.
Sorely disappointed. Jun 17, Chris Rhodenbaugh rated it it was amazing. I saw Colin Quinn at the Comedy Cellar and laughed throughout - the same thing happened in the four hours I listened to this as an audiobook w Quinn narrating.
He gives a totally different view of NYC and manages to joke about every group of people using a reverent tone. Maybe he is right about comedy uniting people. Nov 30, James rated it it was ok. As a memoir, it's pretty good. As a book about race in America, it's about as funny as any other racist uncle ranting at Thanksgiving dinner. It tries to be a book about race in America much more frequently than it tries to be a memoir. Nov 27, Coolbrain rated it it was amazing.
Colin Quinn is one of the worlds best comedians and here, as a local New Yorker, he offers an insight into growing up in the melting pot of the best city in the world. A book that anyone who has interest in anything PC pro or against should read. This should be a bible for diversity. Bravo CQ.
The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America by Colin Quinn
Jul 16, Summer rated it did not like it. If you like to hear white people talk about their friends of color, you might like this book. He's got some vaguely funny stories I guess, but it's not nearly enough for a book. It might play better as standup. Dec 18, Roo rated it liked it. I loved most of this book because I grew up on the east coast around the same time that Quinn did.
I know he stereotypes the different ethnic groups, but I found it funny and I related to it! Jun 21, David Suszek rated it it was ok. One star for the autobiography, one star for the chutzpah to claim this mish mosh of ethnic stereotypes and lame jokes is doing something for race relations. Jun 29, Marya rated it it was ok Shelves: adult-humor. The jokes aren't that funny. It really is more of a memoir, but highly specific to a time and place New York, s.
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Despite trying to be provocative, it isn't really that offensive. Mar 30, George rated it really liked it. So, here is my crude review of this amazing read of a book. I say crude because neither my review nor the book is of literary brilliance, but it is raw and hilarious. Here we go. I want to now hear everything from Colin Quinn's perspective. He is amazing at generalizing the ungeneralizable.
A great storyteller. His gift of gab further perpetuates the stereotype of the Irish, but OMG what gab. The book begins with a great descriptive set-up that I found to be so spot on. Growing up in Florida in So, here is my crude review of this amazing read of a book. Growing up in Florida in the 80s myself, significantly different from NY in the 70s, I still feel that Quinn's description of "race relations", as he puts it, is reflective of the country's mostly urban-ish, as Miami could be described at the time perception of how kids felt about each other, without malicious racist intent, yet still reactionary racial prejudice inflicted by real life experiences.
It is a view that shaped the way America is seen and a way that we see it ourselves, before the introduction of the internet. Chapter 9s subway stop description is the melting pot that is America! It then goes on to be so amazingly New Yorker hilarious, I have not laughed out loud to a book like this in such a long time.
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Every comedian should give writing books a shot, but I've read quite a few comedians books that don't make me laugh half as much as this one did. If for no other reason, you should give this one a try. It's also a great description of the world from the perspective of someone who has been exposed to the world by it coming to them rather than going out to it, a.
I don't like reading long reviews myself, and don't want to tell you what's in the book so I'll end this soon.
It is worth saying that maybe you need a specific type of sense of humor, but if you find this half as funny as you think I might have, we could probably be best friends. I basically enjoyed this book so much, I consumed it in one sitting and wrote my longest review for it. May 10, Rhonnie rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Very vulgar, hilarious, and honest.
Love Colin Quinn and his powers of observation. I didn't realize he was so wild back in the day but of course it makes sense cuz 70s NYC. I love the idea of this book-people are always shouting "let's have the conversation" and yet nothing truthful is allowed to be said. Racism, hate, intolerance, and bigotry are terms that are completely misused-there's a difference between those things - which do exist - and just telling it like it is in regards to culture d Very vulgar, hilarious, and honest.
Racism, hate, intolerance, and bigotry are terms that are completely misused-there's a difference between those things - which do exist - and just telling it like it is in regards to culture differences. Dec 08, Bethany rated it it was amazing. This book does not solve race relations and is not a coloring book. The reviewers disappointed about that are beyond help. This is a funny, captivating, disjointed portrait of a young alcoholic Irish comedian's experience growing up in pre-gentrified New York City.
If you know Colin Quinn and can hear his voice in your head as you read, that adds another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience.
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I couldn't put it down. Reading this felt like getting to watch his New York Story special for th This book does not solve race relations and is not a coloring book. Reading this felt like getting to watch his New York Story special for the first time again. May 24, Samantha Grabelle rated it it was amazing. I kept trying to imagine the writing process. May 30, Stephen rated it liked it.
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