Author: Dave Gorman
Publish Date: 2004
Genre: Non-fiction, documentary comedy
Audience: Teens and up
I had been excited to read this book ever since I read ‘Are You Dave Gorman?’ back in January this year, but I had always been reading something more current. Recently, however, I decided I needed a quick, light-hearted book to read that I know I would love, and thus I found myself embarking on another Gorman journey.
Thankfully, ‘Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack! Adventure’ did not disappoint. Gorman’s second book follows him around the world as he tries to achieve meeting a chain of ten Googlewhacks, providing each new Googlewhack gives him another two Googlewhacks in order to carry on the chain. In case you weren’t aware, a Googlewhack is a Google search query containing of only two words which produces exactly one hit. So yeah, pretty strange, but certainly very, very memorable.
One thing I absolutely adore about this book is Gorman’s writing style. The whole book is extremely easy to read from start to finish, and the comedic timing is constantly spot-on – something which clearly comes naturally with being a comedian. In addition, Gorman writes exactly how he speaks which not only adds to the comedic style, but creates a relax atmosphere throughout, making it seem as if he is recanting his tale to an old friend.
Once again, the tale is completely and utterly absurd, and there were the occasional moments when I had to reread paragraphs to contemplate the sheer stupidity of the situation! However, this only added to the book’s charm and I could never wait to read more and see how far the insanity would go. Furthermore, Gorman is entirely raw throughout, illustrating his highs and lows with the same depth, meaning you as a reader feel elated and downhearted at all the right moments.
Despite giving it five stars, I do have some minor criticisms. Seeing as the books centres around the internet and Google, it was rather outdated at times, particularly when Gorman was fascinated at the concept of WiFi; however, the date cannot really be accounted into the book’s value, and it did make me ponder about how fast technology has advanced. Also, the structure of the book did get fairly cyclical and repetitive as Gorman was meeting a new Googlewhack, emailing new Googlewhacks, travelling to new Googlewhacks, repeat…But again, this is something which cannot be helped due to the whole point of the tale, and to Gorman’s credit, the description of encounters did begin to shorten as the book progressed.
Overall, ‘Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack! Adventure’ is a highly entertaining read and one which I am not likely to forget any time soon. Gorman’s tale is not only endearing and heart-warming, but incredibly inspiring in the oddest sense possible. I simply cannot wait to read more Dave Gorman in the future to see what absurdity he gets up to next!