Monday, November 25, 2013

Reivew: Paddle Your Own Canoe By: Nick Offerman

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious LivingPaddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Nick Offerman best known for that dry sense of humor, that manly fragrance of raw hunted meat and earth, the one who stars as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.
I so wanted to enjoy this book - with quotes from even Gandalf and a Maple Tree on the back giving rave reviews, why shouldn't I?
I once was told that if you lower your expectations, everything will make you happy - but even then, I am not sure this book would. I bought it as soon as it hit the shelves and began to dive into it's pages, only to put it down for days at a time. Avoiding it almost in the corner of my eye, knowing that I finish everything I start I will have to continue, again, picking up and putting down.
I think this title is a little wrong for what is really within the pages...again, maybe it was what my expectations were. Fundamentals for a Delicious Living, did not include what, in my opinion was any fundamentals, but rather over two hundred pages of his life in college and Chicago. This is more of an autobiography, filled with early childhood, college, Chicago only to skim through falling in love, marriage, and Hollywood finding him.
Within these pages Mr. Offerman offers his grand opinion on a variety of subjects and almost dares the reader to object, which is very off putting after a while. Maybe I like Mr. Offerman best as Ron Swanson and prefer him that way, a character with lines fed to him, small doses, once a week, and no more than that.

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