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NIKKI'S BOOK JOURNAL
The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs 
16th-Jul-2007 12:42 am



If you think a book about someone reading the entire volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica is dull and boring, think again. This easily became one of the funniest books I have ever read (others include "Sideways" by Rex Pickett and "Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole). The author's quest to be the smartest person in the world combines his newly retained knowledge with real life experiences. As you go through the pages, you will find yourself laughing out loud and other times sad as Jacobs reveals some of the low moments in his life, and at the same time amused by the mixes of trivia and anecdotes that he learned from the pages of Britannica.

Jacobs has a knack for making things fun and interesting (and I love his self-deprecating sense of humour!). It's not a book that should be taken seriously -- most of the things he learned from the EB are trivial at best -- but rather a book that you will enjoy because it's highly amusing.

Overall, a fun and entertaining read. I loved it!

[excerpt]
"NEW YEAR. In India, there's the ritual boiling of rice. In Thailand, people throw water playfully at one another. Here's one of those rare times that I know more, thanks to my sister's husband Willy, a native of Cuzco: in Peru, on New Year's, women wear yellow underwear."

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