Wake Up, Sir!

Wake Up Sir What kind of book has Jonathan Ames written this time Well think of Cervantes Don Quixote except that Wake Up Sir is not as good But that s all right no book is as good as Don Quixote You might als

  • Title: Wake Up, Sir!
  • Author: Jonathan Ames
  • ISBN: 9780743230049
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What kind of book has Jonathan Ames written this time Well, think of Cervantes Don Quixote, except that Wake Up, Sir is not as good But that s all right no book is as good as Don Quixote You might also think of A Confederacy of Dunces, but there again Ames s book falls short I think, though, we might be pushing this humility business too far.So how elseWhat kind of book has Jonathan Ames written this time Well, think of Cervantes Don Quixote, except that Wake Up, Sir is not as good But that s all right no book is as good as Don Quixote You might also think of A Confederacy of Dunces, but there again Ames s book falls short I think, though, we might be pushing this humility business too far.So how else might we describe this brilliant, comedic, and literary novel How about brilliant and comedic and literary, which we just used One could also apply such adjectives as exuberant, zany, and sexy God forbid we should give you four adjectives in a row, but you know how it is The Rule of Three Adjectives In fairness, I should say that the last adjective mentioned is somewhat misleading But there is one rather long sex scene in the book, worthy of placement in Krafft Ebing s Psychopathia Sexualis, so it s not entirely misleading.I imagine that it s about time we gave you a plot summary, without giving too much away, which is never an easy task Alan Blair is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety He s very good at problems He s also quite skilled at getting into trouble But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet, a wondrously helpful fellow named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his young master.Our tale begins in Montclair, New Jersey, where Alan gets into a scrape with his uncle Irwin, a gun toting member of the NRA So Alan and Jeeves flee New Jersey and take refuge at a Hasidic enclave in Sharon Springs, New York Unfortunately, trouble ensues involving a woman so Alan and Jeeves again take flight, this time landing at a famous artist colony in Saratoga Springs, New York There Alan encounters a gorgeous femme fatale who is in possession of the most spectacular nose in the history of noses Such a nose can only lead to a wild disaster for someone like Alan, and Jeeves tries to help him, butHappy reading

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    About “Jonathan Ames

    • Jonathan Ames

      Jonathan Ames is the author of the books The Double Life is Twice As Good, I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What s Not to Love , My Less Than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir , I Love You More Than You Know, and The Alcoholic a graphic novel illustrated by Dean Haspiel He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press.Wake Up, Sir and The Extra Man are in development as films, with Mr Ames having written the screenplays He adapted What s Not to Love as a TV special for the Showtime network and he played himself At the time, he said, It s the role I ve been waiting for The special aired in December 2007 and January 2008.Mr Ames has also written a TV pilot for the HBO network, Bored to Death, and this will be filmed in the fall of 2008 The pilot will star Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames Bored to Death was originally a short story by Mr Ames which was published in McSweeney s 24 fall 2007 In addition to writing, Jonathan Ames performs frequently as a storyteller often with The Moth and has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman He has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as The Herring Wonder, and he had a one man show off off Broadway, entitled Oedipussy Mr Ames had the lead role in the IFC film The Girl Under the Waves and was a porn extra in the porn film C Men.

    194 thoughts on “Wake Up, Sir!

    • This is the third Jonathan Ames book I've read this year (the others being 'The Extra Man' and 'What's Not To Love') and reading them in such close succession was probably a mistake. The reason it was probably a mistake is because there is an incredible amount of similar (and even virtually identical) material in all three books. Reading them so close to one another is a rather repetitive experience.It's a shame, really, as reading just one of them is a delight any one of them, really. They are [...]



    • I saw Jonathan Ames do a reading about a year ago at the KGB Bar and left with the urge to find his short story collection and gobble it up. He's witty and sex-obsessesed in a nervous sort of way, yet somehow manages to come off as more F. Scott Fitzgerald than Woody Allen. His essay, "American Gothic," about interviewing Goths at a music festival was particularly wonderful, and I used it in one of my classes this past semester. To make a long story short, I recently began watching reruns of the [...]


    • Strange, weird, funny, sad, black, dark, hilarious. These are some of the words I would use to describe this book. It's unlike anything else I have ever read. It's like an original parody, so so peculiar, but I really enjoyed it, and although it's been compared to Jeeves and Wooster there is a lot more to it than that. I would say taking an in depth look into Wooster's psyche with some rather bleak, poignant and side splitting moments would be more like it. Well worth a read. I can't stop thinki [...]


    • I think Ames maybe my most favorite living writer at the moment - well along with Dennis Cooper - and you can't compare both authors so forget that route.But nevertheless Ames has a love for PG Wodehouse or Gentlemen British literature - and when you mixed that up with a slight Woody Allen New Jersey/Manhattan mixture it's makes a great cocktail. In a nutshell it is about a struggling author with a drink problem who goes to a writer's retreat and one gets the feeling this is his last chance. But [...]


    • Being a big Wodehouse fan, I was intrigued by the book's premise but also wary. The first thing to say is that, although obviously intended as a homage to Wodehouse, the use of the relationship between the ditzy alcoholic Jewish writer and his valet who just happens to be called Jeeves (although he also acts and speaks like the original) is somewhat superfluous to the rest of the novel. Jeeves plays little or no part in the plot other than being a sounding-board for the haphazardly quirky ideas [...]


    • Jonathan Ames is a total fucking treasure. I liked this even more than THE EXTRA MAN, which is saying something, as I loved that. In this book he channels both the surface of PG Wodehouse and the undercurrent as well, the melancholy beneath the amusing compounding scrapes the hero is always getting into, to be saved ultimately and always by Jeeves, who in Ames might or might not be real, and whose incarnation in WAKE UP, SIR! makes you look back at the Wodehouse books and wonder if he was imagin [...]


    • When I started reading I was prepared to be extremely disappointed. A sheer rip-off of the Jeeves novels. It got better, but I wasn't entirely impressed. There were humorous moments but nothing that would make me want to read anything of Mr. Ames' again.Mr. Ames does have fun with the main character going off on tangents but it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the subject's appeal to the reader. The most memorable and fun scene is where three drunk and high characters decide they are on [...]


    • I mean, I really don't think I even need to read any more Jonathan Ames novels because there is so much overlap between them and the show I love, Bored to Death. This one is kind of a wild ride between Ames fleeing family then a crazy fight, then a disaster at an artist colony. I don't know how much of it is fact but Ames writes as if every single word were a page from his every accumulating diary that he's revealing for the sake of your own pleasure. In some ways, though it's way more personal, [...]


    • A youngish man child with an alcohol problem and a knack for poor decisions sets of on a road trip with his valet, in an attempt to address his writers block. Of course the valet is called Jeeves. I loved the idea for the book, and the author fully exploits the absurdity of updating Wodehouse into the modern age, and in doing so highlights an almost sinister insanity in the original Wooster. The problem for much of the book is that it casts you into an uncanny valley where the similarity to the [...]


    • This was my first Jonathan Ames novel. My expectations where high as I had thoroughly enjoyed his short story and journalism collection. Throughout the book there are hysterical dialogues and interplays between the main character Alain, and the people be it his rich Aunt and Uncle, his Butler Jeeves, and the people that he encounters along the way to the Writer's Colony. Incidentally Jonathon Ames was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship award. The first quarter of the book was very tight [...]


    • I expected more hilarity. Maybe I just didn't get it! I'll try another Ames at a later date, perhaps I wasn't in the right frame of mind this go. I didn't hate it, there were a few points in which I chuckled, but overall it didn't live up to my expectations.



    • Starts at one place, in one way and ends up somewhere else entirely, in a similar but warped way. Jonathan Ames is an understated genius who makes his neuroses hilarious and weirdness fun. Wake Up has an overall lightness to it, but also contains moments of strange profundity and even most of its humor is cerebral. Ames finds a way to engage you and probe your own weirdness and often be glad his protagonist's is not your own.


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    • This is one very unique novel that is for certain! It is also very clever and quite an original take on an overused premise. This is the first work of Jonathan Ames that I have read, and I will pick up some others soon enough.As many reviews here have noted, "Wake Up, Sir!" is a very funny book. It most definitely is that, and I got a good chuckle or smile from almost every page. The humor in this text is wide ranging, from the broadly comical and slapstick, to the witty nuances of Oscar Wilde - [...]


    • La verdad que esta historia me gustó mucho pero debo confesar que con sus 406 paginas se me quedo corta porque me encantaría seguir viviendo todas las bizarras situaciones que vive nuestro protagonista Alan Blair.Lo particular de esta historia tan original es su propio protagonista, Alan, es tan patético que logras tenerle cariño aunque se merezca sus buenos tirones de oreja por como es su forma de ser o mas bien de pensar. Una historia realmente muy bien contada, es divertida, bizarra por l [...]


    • The best time I ever had reading a book. Laughed hard and often. I will be reading more of Ames in the future.


    • An alcoholic, self-absorbed Jewish writer gets into various scrapes, many sexual in character, as he heads off for a stay at an artists' colony; this is pretty much the type specimen plot for an American novel set in the late 20th century. Except that here our narrator has recently taken on a valet named Jeeves It's obvious almost from the off that - like so many characters nowadays - Jeeves is more than likely the protagonist's hallucination (though we are at least spared the scene where this i [...]


    • A fanatastically funny story. The protagonist of this novel is Alan Blair: a neurotic, alcoholic, struggling author who lurches from one mishap to the next and is kept in check only by his faithful butler, Jeeves. As characteristic of Ames' other work, this novel is packed with hilarious laugh out moments. Even when we find our hero ruminating on or acting upon the most depraved topics and fetishes, it is done with such earnestness and, in a way, sweetness that they seem almost entirely normal a [...]


    • I appear to be starting a new trend in my life where I get around fifteen pages into a book, decide that I hate it, and put it down forever. A year ago, I'd only done that twice in my life. I can't even begin to tell you how many books I've put down since then.I was very excited about reading Wake Up, Sir! when I first bought it (it was the description of the woman's nose that made me want to read it. I'm really big on noses and happen to think that mine is the best. Ever). I started reading it [...]


    • I was initially attracted to this book by the lovely new Pushkin Press edition and the fact it was written by Jonathan Ames - creator of the TV series "Bored to Death" and, just like that criminally underrated show, I was drawn in by the subtle humour and a pleasing amount of incisive and clever one-liners about sex, life, and big noses. The main character, Alan Blair, is a wonderfully neurotic alcoholic writer who takes a trip to an artist's colony with his reliably terse manservant, Jeeves. Th [...]


    • I really like Ames a lot yet felt like I didn't "get" this book. I've read all his nonfiction short stories and think he's a hoot; a appreciate his lack of apology toward his perversions and his frankness is funny. He gets himself into situations and then just digs in deeper, and his protagonist does the same in this fiction book. The book starts off slow to the point that it's actually a little exciting that the main character turns out to be an alcoholic, just to add a little drama to the proc [...]


    • The front cover has the word "hilarious" in uppercase letters repeated five times from five different reviews. Maybe a mistake at the publisher? Around 270 pages in, I've gotten so sick of the silly character and feeling like I'm in the 1920s when it's set in 1995 that I've skimmed a few paragraphs. Some of his ramblings have been interesting but nothing has been hilarious. Is the valet even real? He has no substance so I think not or perhaps he is as servants aren't to be "seen"?Then in the las [...]


    • Ridiculously funny!!!!Frankly speaking, it's a bit difficult to get into the story at the beginning and the plot seems to be lacking in consistency but it changes when you get over the first 80 pages. Anyway, the book is so funny and clever, you simply cannot stop laughing out loud as you read it. Spontaneous uncontrollable laughter. Somehow Alan reminded me of Adrian Mole but with a different background. The verdict: absolutely worth reading! The book's really very good.


    • This is quite possibly the funniest book I've ever read. The drunken narrator escapes his aunt and uncle's plans for rehab and, with his unflappable valet Jeeves, joins an artist's colony in Saratoga Springs. If you like Wodehouse (and don't mind an alcoholic narrator), you will like this 21st century Jeeves-and-Wooster.





    • Took a while to get into, but eventually picked up and became funny and at times insightful. Over 300 pages to get to the line "corn on the macabre," but what a delicious line. Good overall read.


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