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Book review: No is a Four Letter Word, by Chris Jericho

Riju Dasgupta
OFFICIAL
477   //    04 Oct 2017, 12:12 IST

Jericho's latest offering is a quick, light & entertaining read
Jericho's latest offering is a quick, light & entertaining read

I'll be honest with you guys. I haven't read any of the other three books that Chris Jericho has penned thus far. However, having followed his career in wrestling for two decades and with more than a passing interest in his adventures from the rock n' roll world, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book for Sportskeeda Wrestling.

Did I mention that I also listen to his Podcast on a weekly basis? For those unfamiliar with the man, the book, at first glance, may seem like an exercise in name dropping. Those who know Jericho through his work, however, will realize that the man is a lifelong fan and patron of the arts, whether it's in the ring or on stage.

Through entertaining anecdotes and stories from various aspects of his life, Jericho attempts to prove through this 'self-help' book that saying 'no' shouldn't really be an option if you wish to achieve anything.

If the nature of the book sounds preachy to you from my description, don't be put off by that. At the core of it all is a collection of stories and experiences, which are all hilarious if you're a fan of Chris Jericho the wrestler, the musician or the man.

Some of them deal with anecdotes about Vince McMahon (pitching an idea to the boss, who's distracted with a piece of meat), Keith Richards (pulling strings to meet the legendary guitarist and make it back in time) and Yoko Ono (locking himself in a toilet to meet the pop culture icon).

As great a man as Chris Jericho is, especially in the world of professional wrestling, you'll realize through this book that what makes him different from everyone else is that he's constantly learning from others. He's never stopped honing his craft and upping the ante despite being of an age when most men hang up their boots and ride out into the sunset.

This is a highly recommended book, not only as a self-help manual, but also for light reading, or when you just want a few laughs. If anything, this book convinced me that I should get around to reading the rest of the volumes that Jericho has penned, so that I don't make it to the list.


You can pick up the book here

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Riju Dasgupta
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Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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