Monday, March 24, 2014

Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. written by Rob Delaney is a non-fiction autobiography and it is written in first person. This book is set in mostly the eastern United States, a little bit in Europe and the west coast. Rob Delaney, the author, is obviously the main character. There are quite a few more characters, but Rob is the main one since the book is about his life. Delaney is the protagonist, and basically everything is the antagonist, mostly alcohol and/or drugs. One of the many central conflicts is that Rob gets arrested for drinking and driving and hitting the department of water and power.
 
Rob Delaney, as you’ll learn from reading the book, is a father, a comedian, a husband, and a writer. He is also pretty famous on Twitter. Being said that, Comedy Central named him the funniest person on Twitter. The first few chapters of his autobiography mainly focus on his early life in Marblehead, Massachusetts. “My mom and dad had settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts, right before my third birthday,” (5).
 
My experience of reading this book was basically me laughing a lot, me looking up places he’s visited, people he’s met, and topics he talks about. “… Our passengers had been blessedly docile during our purgatorial stay on the Great American II...” (71). In an earlier chapter, he talks about an abandoned mental hospital in Massachusetts called the Danvers State Hospital. The hospital, as Delaney explains, “Was famous for the number of lobotomies it gave” (48).
 
Rob Delaney’s style of writing is nonfiction and funny. Most of the things he says are pretty funny for me, but they’re probably not for everybody. I think this is like suggestive humor, if there’s anything like that, since he might not intend some things to be funny, but it’s pretty funny for me. “My travels rarely took me out that way but whenever they did, the black iron spires of Danvers State Hospital looming over the treetops in the distance called to me…” (47). The book itself is pretty much half hilarious or pretty funny and the other half is kind of sad and Delaney makes everything seem funny since he is a comedian after all.
 
I did not connect with most of the stuff he’s talking about because Delaney has done a lot of things and has experienced things that I haven’t and will probably never do. As it explains in one of the chapters, he and his roommate, Kiyash, jumped off the Manhattan Bridge (75). The type of reader who would like this book is someone who is looking for a book to read for fun, or someone who would like to know more about the author and what he’s done with his life. Rob Delaney explains that when he was younger, he microwaved an egg because he thought the egg would come out cooked, but all that came out was disgusting leftovers of the microwaved egg. “I slowly sponged egg off the walls, cupboards, and ceiling. I opened the windows because it smelled disgusting…” (6). Overall, I think this book is fantastic, and I would recommend it.  
Delaney, Rob. Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

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