Whatever Love Means

Second novel from TV writer comedian and novelist and again, a bitter sweet romantic tragicomedy.
Whatever Love Means Second novel from TV writer comedian and novelist and again a bitter sweet romantic tragicomedy

  • Title: Whatever Love Means
  • Author: David Baddiel
  • ISBN: 9780316648578
  • Page: 445
  • Format: None
  • 1 thought on “Whatever Love Means”

    1. This is a book about grief. It opens with the most ludicrous grief of all - that which swept Britain following the death of Princess Diana. If you were around at that time, then you'll recognise the feeling of that time that the book conveys so well. And if, like some of the characters in this book - and like me - you were completely baffled at the mania and mass mourning that ensued, this book might help to articulate something of the feelings you felt at the time, but were not able to say (or [...]

    2. A clever book that’s also funny in parts. But the behaviour of the main characters felt odd to me, implausible. And there was too much musing for my taste, too much apparent searching for universal truths in what could have been a straightforward, entertaining little story. An okay read. But Nick Hornby does this sort of stuff far better.

    3. Wonderfully written tale about relationships between two couples and the connections that bind them together but also cause heartbreak. This novel was both funny and sad. I found this to be beautifully written, with abundant poetic phrasing.

    4. I actually gave up on it about 5 chapters in. I'm a big fan of David Baddiel's stand-up, but although it was well written and witty the characters just didn't endear themselves to me. Sorry David.

    5. A lot of scene setting throughout the first half but ultimately for good reason. Once the second half started I couldn't put it down.

    6. When the first line of a book is grammatically incorrect, and therefore doesn’t actually make sense, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the book, but I thought I’d persevere and see if David could redeem himself. Well, I certainly can’t say the writing left me ‘in awe’ - as said the review blurb on the front from the Sunday Times, but the story itself was pretty amusing and it kept me turning the pages. It’s predominantly about a group of four people – two male friends from Uni [...]

    7. The book is well written, no doubt about that, and the subjects are interesting. But I failed to get attached to the characters. I didn't like them, or didn't not like them. I didn't feel close enough to them to relate even in the hardest moments.The critics quotes on the book say it's very funny I didn't find it funny a single time. Maybe I have an odd sense of humour.I kept reading because the writing was enjoyable, but there was nothing I was dying to find out, I could have just stopped anywh [...]

    8. Bit of an odd one actually. presents as a "comedians; book" but isn't , because its not really funny & not intended to be (I'm guessing); What it is is a literary novel, and quite a good one. His strong point is characterisation, and the four main characters play out their minor tragedies of lives as events unravelling from their character flaws. rather than through authorial control of plot. the connection to and references regarding the death of Princess Di are allowed to drift from sight [...]

    9. Pretty damned good - witty and accurate with regards some of the observations made about men and how they behave, staying at the high-end of contemporary/bloke lit. There was also a strange symmetry about the character in the book remembering where he was on a key date (Princess Di's death) and how I was reading this on 9/11. Baddiel tries (with some success) to say something important about life and relationships, and the message is part-conveyed, part-blurred by the amusing story he writes her [...]

    10. Now this is a brilliantly written, adult book with adult themes of love, adultery, betrayal, illness and death. Although I found it to be a real page-turner, I wondered if I was reading it out of morbid fascination. Despite Baddiel's roots in the world of comedy, I found myself feeling depressed after reading this - it is not a funny book. But it is excellent and, for my money, his best and ultimately most rewarding work.

    11. Pleasantly surprised by this novel. I found this book hard to put down and read it in three days. Baddiel is excellent at portraying his characters and most readers will relate to at least one aspect of their personalities. I also greatly admire his descriptions of London which are littered throughout the book. The story is dark with some comic touches. Overall a fantastic look at society and relationships during the end of nineties.

    12. Funny to start off with, but delivers an emotional punch towards the end. Nicely written as well. The downside is the book is slightly pretentious and indulges in Baddiel's obsession such as indie bands of the 80s\90s. But don't all writers do that? The ending is also slightly unsatisfying. Well worth reading if you like his comedy.

    13. Wow! I really ended up rather enjoying this book. Took a little while to settle down, and he seems to use a few ludicrously long and complicated words, but I couldn't put it down. But, what of Joe's cough :-(

    14. I should have guessed that this was to be about love from the title and so it was much to my dismay. However I did persevere to the last page (though) I did flick over some pages in the middle and there was a wee twist at the end.

    15. A much more adult novel than "Time For Bed", this charts a love affair in a wonderfully realistic manner, touching and funny and horny and then throws all of that good work out with a bizarre, Frankenstein-like finish. Four stars for the first half, two for the last.

    16. Baddiel is a surprisingly good author. He captures men's conversations and thinking well. But this is quite a bleak book, where selfishness leads to tragedy.

    17. I want to love David Baddiel. Truly I do. But I can't. I try my hardest but it just feels like I'm reading the self-indulgent ramblings of a mad man.

    18. Funny and tragic. Amazing insight into people. I've read this book so many times and it still makes me smile and cry

    19. This is really good. Loved it. Funny, sad and I found it beautifully written. In my top three favourites.

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