They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books
They Call Me Naughty Lola Personal Ads from the London Review of Books Author:David Rose (Editor) I've divorced better men than you. And worn more expensive shoes than these. So don't think placing this ad is the biggest comedown I've ever had to make. Sensitive F, 34. — Employed in publishing? Me too. Stay the hell away. Man on the inside seeks woman on the outside who likes milling around hospitals guessing the ill... more »nesses of out-patients. 30-35. Leeds.
They Call Me Naughty Lola is a testament to the creativity and humor that can still be found among men and women longing for love and allergic to the concepts of Internet and speed dating. Here is an irresistible collection of the most brilliant and often absurd personal ads from the world's funniest -- and most erudite -- lonely-hearts column. The ads have been called "surreal haikus of the heart," and in an age of false advertising, the men and women who write them are hindered neither by high expectations nor by positivism of any kind. And yet, while hopes of finding a suitable mate remain low, the column has produced a handful of marriages, many friendships, and at least one divorce.
Here are the young, old, fat, bald, healthy, ill, rich, and poor hoping that they can find true love, or at the very least, someone to call them Naughty Lola.« less
This was not what I expected at all. I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this one. How many ads can you really read before you get bored out of your mind?
These ads come from the London Book Review so most of the humor in it is vastly different than anything over here. Some were worthy of a chuckle but that's really the best part of the book. Most of the ads were either totally boring, downright stupid, or just plain didn't make any sense. My hardcover edition of the book is 165 pages long. Besides a few pages in the back giving a timeline of Evil Kneivel's injuries (where did THAT come from?) the entire book consists of personal ads. Over 150 pages of PERSONAL ADS. Some of them were repeats and others you could tell were from the same person.
Personally, I find it a little scary that there are people sitting in their homes, pens poised, trying to find the wittiest things to say for a personal ad. Maybe that's just me though.