In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance.
Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.
Through witty vignettes, heavy essays and nod-inducing pieces of wisdom, Alan shines a light on the nooks of the nation and the crannies of himself, making this a biography that biographs the biographer while also biographing bits of Britain.
©2016 Rob Gibbons; Neil Gibbons; Steve Coogan (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
Early on in the book Partridge admits to padding the word count with meaningless filler, and it's depressing to realise that it's not merely a gag but the literal truth. The opening is pure Partridge, promising a great evening for veteran and newcomer alike. Yet within minutes it loses its way, like an old friend you find you have nothing in common with anymore. It reminds me of Season 4 of Arrested Development, where the characters were split apart and forced into isolation, denying the audience the joy seeing them at each other's throats.
The same has happened here, my anxious wait for the pre-order morphing into excitement, trepidation and finally disappointment as I realise it's just not funny. Not as a standalone and certainly not next to I, Partridge. It's a lazy book, too long in the making that forgets the warmth of affection people have for the character and winds up outstaying an awkward reunion. I really hope another book is due and sooner rather than later.
Recommended only for the most die-hard listeners of Mid Morning Matters.
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I was genuinely excited for this book having enjoyed I, Partridge immensely and being a fan of Steve Coogan's work . Unfortunately as much as I wanted to love it, it just doesn't live up to the anticipation.
There are a few classic Partridge moments scattered throughout the book and the narration is very good throughout as you'd expect but the actual text struggles to find its way and feels cobbled together. Disparate ideas have been patched up into a narrative without a clear need for the story.
This makes sense given how Alan himself comes up with the idea for the book within the book but unfortunately no level of meta meaning can compensate for a weak text.
I get the feeling that this would have made a good episode or 2 of the TV show with all of the body language and the different edit choices that would go into that kind of project but as a book it falls flat and although I got through it, it dragged quite a lot and I only genuinely laughed once.
Very funny indeed. There are a few editing issues, which is a shame, but otherwise, very very funny.
As good as the first book, which is near impossible to live up to. Will repay you with new laughs on each re-reading. A wonderful achievement.
A fabulous performance from Coogan as he entertains with another update in the life and trials of Alan Gordon Partridge. The driving force behind the book has been Alan's intention to reconnect with his past, and, the book feels a lot like 'bouncing back' would have, had it not been pulped in the TV series. The overall effect is that it is true Partridge and a good addition to any fan's collection. However, unless you are a fan who would quite happily go around quoting Partridge is normal conversation, this might not have enough sustenance for a first introduction to the character.
This is definitely an audio book that improves upon the original text. It goes to places he couldn't go to on TV and it's in Partridge's voice.
"What do I think of this book? Thanks for asking."
A great achievement, but not as great of an achievement as his autobiography.
Mr Partridge's autobiography, and Great New World, by Axol O'Lerpler.
The chapter in which Alan describes Alpha Papa.
I rarely sit for six hours, thank you very much. Of course, I sleep at night, so I am lying down for six hours, but that's really beside the point.
Is this book as good as his autobiography? No. Does the Partridge still deliver a punch? Yes.
Alan had a lot to live up to, as his autobiography was (and still is) excellent, and I listen to it religiously (not literally--that would be ridiculous). While Nomad is entertaining, it is just not the same. If you're new to Mr Partridge, I recommend you start with his autobiography and then listen to this. You won't be disappointed (unless you are).
"Every sentence is genius"
Weird storyline but it wouldn't matter what story they choose, it's written brilliantly. Too short, could have doubled its length but writing like this must take a huge amount of effort to think up punchlines for literally every sentence. I don't know if this was released in paperback/book form but it would be useless reading it on ones own, you need to hear it read by Alan
"Pointlessness is the point"
Homer's Odyssey, if I'd read it.
The description of the plot of Alpha Papa
We learn some new things about the world of Alan Partridge - including one major fact that many people will be sad to hear - but overall this is a daytrip inside Alan's mind and it's fantastic for it. I'm now listening for the third time and it's been better each time, but that's what I've found with pretty much everything he's been in. There are just so many tiny details which require rewatching/listening to appreciate fully.Don't listen to those clever-clogs who spaff their "serious" opinions. If you love Partridge, you'll love this.
You have to admire how many ways Steve Coogan has found to bring Partridge to life. In Nomad we find Alan attempting to complete the journey that his father never could, a walk to Dungeness A through a somewhat unscenic Kent. If Kent is the Garden of England, I wouldn't want to see it's derelict allotment.
Fair warning that the laughs thin out as the book goes on. The first third is so funny I often laughed outloud, but much like Alan, he can't quite keep the pace up all the way through.
But make no mistake, the weakest chapter is funnier than anything else I've had read to me this year.
"Solid Listening Gold!"
This audio book is flat out hilarious from the first until the last sentence. I have not had the pleasure of listening to Alan Partridge prior to this purchase. That oversight will now be corrected. This audio book is literally nonstop funny. I think I at a minimum chuckled after every single single sentence. I kid you not, fair review reader. if you want to laugh and have one of the best 6 hours you can have legally, get this audio book. Drop the dime, it is worth your time!
Non U.K. Listeners under the age of 35 will really struggle, but if you want to find yourself speaking ala partridge it's a solid 6 and a bit hours or rip roaring fun.
"Laugh out loud funny"
Fabulous. Brilliantly well observed, clever, funny and poignant. I loved it. Got so much more out of it with the audio version. ❤
It's ruddy bloody good! grateful to have shared Alan's journey in the footsteps of his father.
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