Andy Borowitz. Follow Storyteller. Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker as The Borowitz An Unexpected Twist. If you’ve read my book An Unexpected Twist and enjoyed it, would you consider sharing this page about the book on your timeline so your friends can find out. The very funny Andy Borowitz joins us to take a look at a very serious intestinal ailment that almost killed.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz. Andy Borowitz almost died, but lived to tell this stranger-than-fiction tale. An Unexpected Twist is in equal parts harrowing and hilarious — and a moving affirmation of what it means to be alive.
Kindle Edition18 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Unexpected Twistplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 24, Debbie “DJ” rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a great short read! The characters were so real, I felt as if I was right there with them. Okay, so while this medical condition is no laughing matter, there where definite laughs here, right along with real scares.
Haven’t read many short stories, but if they read like this, I may become a fan! View all 4 comments.
Book of Interest: An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz
boroiwtz Jan 01, Dov Zeller rated it liked it Shelves: This is a single, short personal essay. I have no idea how to rate it as it is, as one reviewer puts it, more of a blog post than a book.
As someone who has had to deal with a lot of not so fun medical stuff, I appreciate Borowitz’s humor for the most part. Though, there were several tired and lazy moments in the humor department as well. Here are some excerpts that I particularly enjoyed: My colon now untwisted — by hand, the artisanal way — I’m given a hospital room, where I recover from the pr This is a single, short personal essay. Unexpcted colon now untwisted — by hand, the artisanal way — I’m given a hospital room, where I recover from the procedure by watching a replay of the Obama-McCain “town hall” debate that took place earlier that night.
Maybe it’s the morphine talking, but it is the most hilarious TV show I’ve ever seen. In addition, the day before the operation, I’m to undergo a proper colonoscopy just in case there’s anything else lurking down there — like cancer, for example — that the surgeon needs to know about.
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Presumably, the pharmaceutical company executive who named it thought that it was a good idea, right before a colonoscopy, to evoke memories of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Time for the operation. After a brief, surreal visit from therapy dogs two Golden retrievers I am wheeled into the OR. Sep 28, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. This book can be read in 5 or 10 minutes. Its a 99 cent Kindle e-reader.
Any Borowitz’s true story was one I’ll ‘always’ remember. I’m thankful I read it for personal reasons. Mar 01, Calla rated it it was amazing.
This book totally lived up to the rave reviews I had read of it. It is truly laugh-out-loud funny – I sometimes laugh to myself when I read something but almost never laugh out loud, which this book had me doing on the subway.
So I was totally unprepared for the ending, which really choked me up. I had never read anything by Andy Borowitz, but he is an amazing storyteller, and I plan to read more by him. I can’t recommend this book more highly. Mar 04, Shakti rated it really liked it. It’s true that it’s more of a long blog post than a book or even a short story, but the guy really is funny. He did a great job explaining his painful tale in a satirical way.
I guess not knowing about who Andy is or what he does, made me like this single. Mar 03, Rob rated it really liked it. Andy’s writing always cheers me up — especially when he’s talking about getting cameras shoved up his ass and having his poop diverted into a plastic bag for two months.
Twenty minutes of full-blown LOLing. Jul 26, Eva rated it really liked it. A super short kindle single.
Some highlights with spoilers: I instantly realize that I’m not dealing with Dr. But he’s a nice kid, and it was thoughtful of him to skip Model U. He orders a CAT scan, which I submit to, and for the next couple of hours a parade of other doctors comes into my room to talk to Olivia and me. Disturbingly, each new doctor is higher on the medical hierarchy at the hospital than the last, until I’m pretty sure that the next person who comes in A super short kindle single.
Disturbingly, each new doctor is higher on the medical hierarchy at the hospital than the last, until I’m pretty sure that the next person who comes in to see me will be Hippocrates, – location 42 She and I met two years before, at a party thrown by a mutual friend. The party had a gimmick: When the party was over, my book was the only one that nobody bothered to take. Since this was Brooklyn, we weren’t being creepy voyeurs — we were making an ironic comment about creepy voyeurism.
My colon now untwisted — by hand, the artisanal way – location 94 My anesthesiologist explains that, in addition to the general anesthesia, I will have an epidural stuck into the base of my spine to block off any feeling in my abdominal region: But if they were asleep, how do they know they felt pain?
Wu is a very pleasant Chinese gentleman of few words. He speaks perfect English but he’s chosen to speak it in a very abbreviated, clipped fashion, sort of like Confucius on Twitter.
Everything is like four characters and he’s out. The intake nurse on duty says, unexpectted you rate your pain from one through ten? But they don’t want to take any chances this time, so they’re going to give the colon a few months to heal, and in order to do that, they have diverted my digestive tract “somewhere else.
Here’s what it means: They have taken a part of my small intestine and pulled it outside of my body and it is now emptying into something called an ileostomy, which is a borowktz medical name for “plastic bag of shit. Wu has literally torn me a new asshole and it’s in the front, where assholes do not belong. Feb 18, Jason rated it did not like borowtiz Shelves: Kindle Singles are short, but this is like a half-single. Its humor is dependent on 1 constant, repetitive, and unnecessary profanity seriously, could there not have been a warning?
Many people find those things funny. I don’t, and it seems to me to be a lazy route to laughs. In the absence of humor, the single is left with the purposes of telling a journey to the boroitz of death and the lessens drawn from that experience. Noble purposes, but done better a thousand time Kindle Singles are short, but this is like a half-single. Noble purposes, but done better a thousand times elsewhere, and teist undermined by the base humor and language.
The one star rating is genuine. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Feb 21, Jen Quintanilla teist it liked it. This hardly counts as a book. I am totally cheating here. This is a short story and took me about 10 minutes to read. It’s basically the author’s account of a random and life threatening medical situation he found himself in a few years back. It’s kind of like sitting down and listening to a friend or acquaintance recount a story of something really weird that happened to them once.
An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz
Feb 21, Anita rated it really liked it. View all 5 comments. Dec 31, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: The boroiwtz is just as hilarious as his segment segment! Feb 25, Keeley rated it did not like it. Astonishingly short and rife with foul language. I am so sorry I bought this “book”. Just a few pages long – took about five minutes to read – and the language was shocking.
Unfortunately none of the language showed up in the sample so I was completely unaware of what I was getting.
Mar 11, Denali rated it liked it Shelves: Sweet, funny, and intermittently gross.