The Last Laugh – Arjuana Adragh

Published May 1, 2013 by bibliobeth

The Last Laugh

What’s it all about?:

“I stood on the bridge just before midnight, the wind from the ocean arriving in violent blasts, as if saying under its breath, ‘Jump, motherf***er, jump.’ This was the last of a string of attempted departures, most orchestrated in my tired mind. Always a bitter reminder of all that had been lost and destroyed by my foolishness.”      When suicide feels like your best option, you know something has gone horribly wrong—and that’s just how Matt Thomson felt. He had lost everything: his wife, his children, his job, all his money, and his front door key. But everything changes when he meets Joey Murphy, ex-Merchant Marine, entrepreneur, teacher, and wild man, an enigmatic mixture of Forrest Gump, Merlin, and a long-lost best friend.     Upon hearing Matt’s woes, Joey offers Matt a life-changing deal he can’t resist:
 “The life you know has been completely predetermined by old habits, both your triumphs and your failures. If you are really at the end of your rope, these habits will drop away, and you will be free . . . I give you ten days, starting today. I will show you all you need to see. It is up to you.”      And with the deal struck Joey leads Matt on the roller-coaster ride of his life: a ten day adventure filled with dodging cop cars, playing Blind Man’s baseball on the edge of a cliff, finding heaven in a Taco Bell, and learning how to open the hearts of total strangers. Joey introduces Matt to “the True Teacher,” but also leads him to face his own deepest darkness and despair.

What did I think?:

During a search on NetGalley, I came across this intriguing little book – many thanks to them and Hay House titles for an advanced readers copy. As you can see from the synopsis, how can you not be drawn in and curious about this story? And the beginning starts with a bang… a suicidal man who has lost his job, his wife, his children and his house, and just wants to end it all by jumping off a bridge. But he doesn’t. Instead he goes to a late-night cafe where an enigmatic waitress slips him a phone number, sensing his misery. The phone number turns out to belong to Joey, a sort of “guru,” who offers Matt training and guidance to help get his life back on track.

The book then details Matt’s journey back into happiness helped by Joey, a strange philosophical master who seems to have seen and done almost everything (apart from being arrested and jumping out of a plane), with almost everyone – top of the name droppers includes Marilyn Monroe and JFK. To be honest, some parts of the book didn’t sit right with me as it seemed to be incredibly spirtual and new-agey, but to other people with an interest in the field I can see that it would be quite fascinating. The blurb at the end states that the author is an “Awakening Coach” which “focuses on how to integrate spirtual awakening with discovering and giving your unique gift to the world,” therefore he obviously has a deep passion and knowledge on the subject.

Would I recommend it?:

Probably not.

Star rating (out of 5):

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