For the love of entertainment
I’ve been a fan of Eddie Izzard’s comedy ever since his special Dressed to Kill. He’s a fascinating person with smart and bitingly funny takes on the world. Believe Me doesn’t disappoint. His signature wit is on display, even if at some points he seems to be recycling material from previous specials. And his rambling story structure–so great in his stage work–feels ever so slightly off-putting on the page. I found myself longing to hear his voice deliver these words because I know hearing him tell the stories would make the structure work. If you like audiobooks, this one seems tailor-made for such a reading experience. Still, this book is well worth your time and Izzard’s story is well worth following. His reflections on his life, his beliefs, and society at large feel honest. Believe Me is worth the trip for Izzard’s recollections of what it was like to come of age as a transgender in a time when there wasn’t even a proper word for what he is. This book is a breeze to read and entertaining all the way through.