Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man
Amsterdam: Brave New Books, 2013
Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man is a piece, written by a British expat for all other expats out there quenching their thirst for wanderlust in the Low Lands. The author, Simon Woolcot, a conspicuously spoiled and provocative Englishman with a subtle sense for good sarcasm, gives his readers an exclusive preview of his glamorous and lustful living in the Netherlands with his one month long diary, abundant with unconventional and sometimes controversial occurrences.
Based on the notorious blog, the ultimate male version of Sex and the City developing in Amsterdam is wittily divided into chapters, each one of them named after one of the seven deadly sins. The storyline kicks off by representing Simon’s allegedly shallow existence, his lust for women, his refined taste for clothing and fine dining:
“I have 15 tailor made suits and over 50 shirts that I can wear for work. To ensure that I don’t repeat the same combinations too often, I keep a spreadsheet that notes which suites were worn with which shirts and ties on which day”.
Throughout Simon’s sneak peek of a sinner’s life in Amsterdam, he will introduce you to his fellow expat lads, his German lady friend, who conventionally inspired him to put his memoir into writing, the women responsible for him committing the seven deadly sins- from Lust to Greed and from Gluttony to Wrath- and the main antagonist, who is one another woman, of course.
The shallow man will take you to familiar spots in Amsterdam, from bars and restaurants to famous shopping areas and this one particular district with red lights, which attracts temerarious expats and tourists the way honey attracts bees.
The book is definitely well-written and merely engaging. It is one of those pieces that you can’t simply put down before you have inhaled its content from cover to cover. The well-fitted British humor that the author possesses as a native heritage would make your cheekbones hurt from both laughter and stupor.
Regardless reading reviews, in which people declare that the book for them is grappig |funny|, however it has geen diepgang |no depth|, I would say that the book has plenty of diepgang for me. The sinner who first denies his ostensibly shallow existence comes to a realization that his shallowness is shattering not only his own being, but also the lives of others. Therefore, for the good old British humor, the salty sarcasm, the compelling storyline and that painful honestly in his writing, I would assign to the book “Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man” a total score of 5/5.
Did he change after these ravishing but also catastrophic, in a way occurrences? We don’t know. One can only keep on following Mr. Woolcot’s cheeky and cynical blog – Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man – and subscribe for his latest YouTube vlog endeavor a.k.a. Amsterdam Shallow Man.