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Reader â The Rebels Sketchbook º Rupert Dreyfus Ories uses transgressive fiction black comedy and satire as a weapon for shooting down all of these and Keeping the spirit of rebellion alive The Rebel's Sketchbook is set to become one of the most controversial releases in a generati Few books can make you laugh and vomit at the same time At least two stories in Rupert Dreyfus’s short story collection The Rebel’s Sketchbook do this It’s uite an achievement In fact I am sure most major publishers would run screaming from this book which is a good reason to read it Rupert Dreyfus does satire Not the rapier wit sort of satire; a sort of blunt force trauma To read his stories is a bit like being beaten over the head with a cricket bat but you laugh anyway Thus in one of these stories Eat Nasty rival YouTube bloggers compete to see who can eat the most disgusting crap on screen – and wind up eating themselves Other stories also deal with social media and the virtual world In Hatchet Job a fanatical gamer runs out of money but is sure he can get work as a hit man because he’s so good at it in the game of that name In Hotel Scum a bunch of punks are about to be evicted from their run down slum but hack into the landlord’s PC and find he has an unusual fetish I won’t reveal what it is but apparently it’s not unknownAs in any collection some stories work better than others Dead Man’s Blunt is told from the point of view of a marijuana cigar; it’s inventive and sometimes very funny but in the end it didn’t uite work for me The story Dreyfus offers as a postscript Ice Age Coming was a little too direct When he is good though Dreyfus really is good The story that had me throwing up and laughing at the same time Martha is completely revolting and very very funny Outrage in which upstanding citizens turn into zombies and attack people on benefits is a blunt but apposite comment on where we’re going in our treatment of the poor Outrage is a clue as to what’s driving Dreyfus In an afterword to The Rebel’s Sketchbook he says “There is nothing admirable about being obedient to a system that doesn’t serve you The present system we endure day in day out is designed to turn us against each other while a minority of people get rich off our backs destroying the planet in the process Many people accept that this is the natural order of all things and they call it democracy” These sound like pretty modern thoughts In fact I think Dreyfus is part of an English tradition of bawdy dissent that stretches back through Gillray Hogarth John Wilkes and into the stews of Elizabethan London It’s never gone away but the rise of Facebook and Twitter and the digital revolution in publishing has seen it come back to the fore with a vengeance The Rebel’s Sketchbook is part of this as is Dreyfus’s other book so far a witty and fast moving novel called SparkI really look forward to seeing what Dreyfus does next In the end he may need to expand into new directions; the trouble with the bellowed curse is that you get a sore throat in the end There’s mileage in it yet though The Rebel’s Sketchbook works It might not be subtle but these stories are a shrewd funny and provocative take on modern life Now let me get that vomit cleaned up

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Download The Rebels Sketchbook Book ✓ 260 pages Ó Rupert dreyfus ì This is a scorchingly brilliant book and Dreyfus is an authentic and vital writer Morning StarIn his tales of bored and jobless layabouts internet superstars corrupt politicians and weary observers of socio economic collapse Dreyfus ma This is a scorchingly brilliant book and Dreyfus is an authentic and vital writer Morning StarIn his tales of bored and jobless layabouts internet superstars corrupt politicians and weary observers of socio economic collapse Dreyfus m I have a particular fondness for the picaresue surreal and Rupert Dreyfus's Rebel's Sketchbook mines that rather narrow and esoteric vein for all the gold he can find That fondness meant that unlike some reviewers before me I found this collection of short stories a very easy read and the content both highly amusing and thoroughly entertaining notwithstanding its emetic ualities but then I'm also a sucker for the anti authoritarian trickster the underdog outwitting the demagogue the just desserts inflicted on the tyrant Besides Dreyfus just handles his material so well The stories in this collection flow smoothly The language is direct uncomplicated the voice active It's possible tempting to revel in the pleasure of the text to let the tales wash over you Too tempting in fact You can miss the running jokes the clever repetitions and the constantly renewed use of the first person narrator that comes with each story can lead you to make assumptions you shouldn't to automatically empathize with each narrator to identify and side with them even when they are undeserving of your sympathy Of course tricking the reader into empathizing with the villain is a perfectly legitimate strategy one that is underused I think in these days of literary pabulum and one you might expect from an accomplished joker like Dreyfus Even so you don't always see it coming further testament to his skill It wasn't until I came to the end of this book that I realized how much the stories resembled episodes from Black Mirror and only subseuent to that did I notice that this similarity was even mentioned in one of the blurbs No harm in that And it's a handy and accurate touchstone to let readers know what to expect of this book But even Brooker doesn't uite reach the heights or depths of hilarity that Dreyfus achieves in these stories; some of the best jokes are even to be found in throwaway lines exploding like fireworks or better still bangers casually tossed to the floor so that you almost don't notice them until it's too late When I read in the mainstream media about a new generation of literary talent my spirits generally sink because it tends to mean that another tranche of potentially original voices have been successfully trained to jump through the necessary stylistic hoops identified by the gatekeepers of culture as the sine ua non of proper literature It also means that their outrage is neutered that their tales of misery and poverty are recounted purely to reassure their educated readers that they're not to blame that things are complicated than that and even that suffering can be endured Such literature does little but provide comfort to the enemy to raise their morale to reassure them that there's nothing they should be doing And that is not what literature is forDreyfus you'll be glad to know is not here to boost the spirits of the bourgeoisie He's here for us For the underdogs the proles the precarious and problematic He's here to raise our spirits boost our morale and keep us in the battle We need like him

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The Rebels SketchbookAnages an eually coy and poisonous dissertation on 20 something British life Pop MattersManiac world leaders; talentless boybands; Westminster politicians; social media idiots; zero hour contracts Rupert's first collection of short st When I finished this book I felt annoyed Annoyed that it was over too soonYou might think that thirteen short stories and two hundred and fifty odd pages would than suffice but damn it I wanted Dreyfus has his witty finger firmly on the pulse of the everyday rebel the minimum wagers the drop out punks the lager drinking philosophers the people who know that a simple tweak of the system could actually make everything all rightEach story is told in first person narrative and this works surprisingly well It’s also great fun that some of the stories’ main characters are referenced in other stories giving it an extra interlaced dimension of the Irvine Welsh mannerTalentless boybands a dead man’s blunt end of the world bunkers social media mockery literal dickheads and gnome fetishes you’ll find them all hereSure I could pick out some stories and say they were my favourites but it would feel wrong to do so because every tale is a winnerIn the afterword the author states “There is nothing admirable about being obedient to a system that doesn’t serve you The present system we endure day in day out is designed to turn us against each other while a minority of people get rich off our backs destroying the planet in the process”Too right mate I already know that I’m a rebel but I’m hoping others will read this book and realise that they are as wellBut if I had to just use six words to review this book a la the story entitled Sentenced I’d simply opt for This book is funny as fuck