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Milligan's Meaning of Life: An Autobiography of Sorts
With his lightning-quick wit, unbridled creativity and his ear for the absurd, Milligan revolutionised British comedy, leaving a legacy of influence that stretches from Monty Python's Flying Circus to the work of self-confessed acolytes such as Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry today. Throughout his life, Milligan wrote prolifically - scripts, poetry, fiction, as well as ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin
(first published December 30th 1994)
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About half of it I really enjoyed (especially the war memoirs excerpts). There were some really nice bits and some pretty uneven ones. Towards the end of the book (and I suppose his life), there was lots of grumpy old moments, lots of sternly worded letters to the editor. Those, if they were meant as humorous missed their mark, and came across as just being crabby. The mix of stuff Spike wrote about his life and biographical entries added by his editor didn't mesh very well. Not knowing a whole ...more
This wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be. While there were some small stories that in themselves were amusing and interesting to read, the pace seemed to jump from quick to slow and I never quite knew exactly when things were supposed to be happening. It felt a bit like listening to a conversation when you're half asleep and you dont know when you are. While you could feel the emotion is some part, the fact that there are interludes bewteen Spike's writing and others leaves the book ...more
A book of bits and bobs, mostly all seen somewhere else before. Enjoyable but I would recommend the War Memoirs first (of which at least 30% of this book is from). A good catch-up for the Millligan fan who maybe hasn't read his stuff for a while.
Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan, known as Spike, was a comedian, writer and musician. He was of Irish descent, but spent most of his childhood in India and lived most of his later life in England, moving to Australia after retirement. He is famous for his work in The Goon Show, children's poetry and a series of comical autobiographical novels about his experiences serving in the British Army in ...moreMore about Spike Milligan...