Thursday, 2 February 2012
Title: Yes Man
Author: Danny Wallace
Number of pages: 416
Started: 25 January 2012
Finished: 2 February 2012
In twenty minutes it would be midnight. I was standing in the rain outside the house of a rich banker in Las Vegas.
I checked my pockets. I had everything I needed. The photos. They keys to the car. The silver pocket watch.
Most importantly, I had the gun.
Because I had been asked to kill a man.
And I had said “yes”
The amazing tale of what happens when you decide to say... YES
What I thought:
This book was one man’s attempt to say “yes” to life. Danny Wallace is someone that I like and I have enjoyed his TV programmes. However, I had mixed feelings about this book. I accept that for this new way of living to work, he had to say yes to everything, but I found it somewhat frustrating that he showed no discernment and embraced any scam offered to him. There is having a hopeful outlook on life, and being a bit of an idiot. This book walked that fine line.
Ultimately, I thought a willingness to say yes won through as showing that life has more opportunities, the more open to them we are, and ultimately he won much more than he lost. I am not sure it is a life that should be embraced quite to whole-heartedly as this though – or perhaps I just need to say yes more.