***Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
by Scott Adams
Reviewed November 21, 2002.
HarperBusiness, New York, 2002. 350 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (818 ADA).
When I told my family that I had brought a new Dilbert book home
from the library, there was a mad dash to see who could claim it first.
If you’re a Dilbert fan, you probably don’t need to be told that there’s
a new book out.
This new book expounds on Scott Adams new, simplified theory:
People are weasels. He presents numerous examples of weasel behavior
in all aspects of life. There are also many bits of advice on how
to out-weasel the weasels.
Yes, it is all extremely cynical. Alas! It is also very
funny. I couldn’t read this one in large doses, but taken in small
bits, I’m afraid I did enjoy the book.
I do feel that, as a book reviewer, I need to take the torch passed
by Scott Adams and point out how delightful it is that I can write about
a book in which the author writes about people who write about themselves.
No original idea is required on my part at all.
I did have strong doubts about my wisdom in letting my eight-year-old
son read it. These came to a head when I let him stay home from
school one day and he turned out to have completely recovered from the
illness that had made him miserable the day before (at school). When
I suggested that he had gotten away with something, he smiled and said,
“That’s the weasel way!” When I threatened to never let him read
another Dilbert book or comic, he assured me that he was only joking, that
he knows that really you shouldn’t live like a weasel.
I sincerely hope that’s true.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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