Headline May 03, 2017/ ''' THEE FUNNY GIRL '''


THE HUMOUR, AS THEE  would expect if you're familiar with Schumer's work is generally crude, but her inability to finish a thought without making it about sex gets tiring quickly.

*The Girl with the  Lower Back Tattoo's worst offence, however, is that the book simply isn't that funny*. Of course, humour is  subjective and some might find more amusement here than others-

But the book just doesn't deliver the level of mirth you'd   expect from a collection written by a comedian. It certainly isn't devoid of wit  -there are several amusing observations buried in the text  -but the jokes don't always work;  

AMY SCHUMER  is one of the most  talked-about  comedians of these very recent years. The  35-year-old  shot to massive fame with the release of her film  *Trainwreck*

The publicity blitz surrounding the  big-screen  venture made it impossible for anyone to avoid the actor.

She also released an  HBO  stand-up special, performed as the opening act for Madonna, and landed a book deal for a reported eight million dollars.

However, the actor hasn't been able maintain the momentum since her meteoric rise. 

Schumer has been over-promoted to the point of audience fatigue, hounded by plagiarism accusations, criticized for some of her more controversial statements, and put her television show on an extended hiatus amidst falling ratings.

After her jump from  newfound fame  to overexposure, she published  *The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, a collection of candid essays about everything about her family to her relationships.

Schumer began by saying the book   -the title of which is a play on Stieg Larson'e bestseller  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo   -is not an autobiography, acknowledging that has   ''a long way to go and she is memoir worthy.'''

Instead, she describes it as set of stories from her life as a  ''daughter, sister, friend, comedian, girlfriend, one-night stand, employee, employer, lover, fighter, hater, pasta eater, and  wine drinker.''

As expected, there are anecdotes about dating athletes and a musician whose identities are not revealed, and listicles about things that make her happy and things that make her  ''insanely furious''  but she doesn't shy away from delving into heavier topics either.

Born into a  well-to-do  family, several twists of fate changed the course of Schumer's life. Her parents lost their wealth when she was a child, her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and her mother subsequently had an affair with Schumer's best friend's father, which led to her parents divorce.

She also shares the harrowing experiences of being in a physically and psychologically abusive relationship and being sexually assaulted by a boyfriend.

Also discussed is the tragic shooting in a theatre at a showing of a Trainwreck which claimed the lives of two young women, an incident that has since led her to advocate for gun safety.

In several chapters Schumer talks about difficult personal and social issues, broaching topics that many wouldn't be comfortable discussing openly. 

Readers are likely to be impressed by her boldness and strength, and find her body-posture attitude inspirational. Also it is obvious that she cares deeply about her sister and brother and her love for them is endearing. 

Perhaps that is why her words are at their most powerful when she writes about her family, opines this great reviewer Sameen Amer. 

It is hard to deny, however, that the book constantly gives an impression of being formulaic.

Over the last few years, many American comedians including Tom Fey, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverrman, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham  -have published collections of confessional essays.

Everyone has been jumping on the female memoir or  ''femoir''   -as it has been dubbed     -bandwagon, and this is what Schumer is doing too.

In an note to readers at the very start of the book, Schumer says she has no wisdom or advice to offer, but then spends much of the book trying to do just that.

Even though the  empowerment  angle  and  ''love yourself''  message have become fairly routine at this point, the comedian continues to emulate the inspirational tone is trying to spin every flaw and failure into a positive while asserting  self-worth, straining to find wisdom at every turn, and often falling short. 

Perhaps something is lost in the transition from stage to page; what might have been funny as part of her act just falls flat here. Obviously, if some one is good at stand-up comedy-

That doesn't automatically mean they are also a good writer. Performance and Prose are two very different mediums; a style that works for one doesn't necessarily work for the other.

In the case of  The Girl with the Lowe Back Tattoo, the author's casual tone seems too conversational and rambling. Instead of clear and coherent essays, the pieces come off as a jumbled mess of thoughts-

More akin to  overlong, meandering blog posts than book chapters. 

Yes, Schumer jumps from topic to topic in no particular order which gives the book a disorganized feel, and random subjects, such as her stuffed toys and her preferred funeral arrangements-

Won't fascinate anyone except her most ardent admirers.

With most respectful dedication to all the  Comedians, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' The Critic '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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