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A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI

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Graham Chapman reveals what it was like to be part of the revolutionary and zany Monty Python teamRequired reading for Monty Python fans, this true and false memoir is Graham Chapman's own hilarious account of his life as a Python and as a homosexual. The book equals Joe Orton's famous Diaries in providing an unblushing account of a gay lifestyle linked to entertainment. F ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published 1999 by Methuen Publishing (first published October 16th 1980)
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Mark

This book is an anarchic mess, in the image of its maker.
As promised, there is a lot of lying here, a lot of silliness. At times the flights of fancy fall flat, oftentimes they cause LOL. And there is a sincere sounding heart to the book, about the author's alcoholism, his medical training, mountaineering, his foster child. And lots and lots about him being "a butch pouff with a pipe", and a crazy loon.

This is recommended, but not essential, reading for any Monty Python fan.
Tom
It's just a flesh wound. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. Strange women lying in ponds is no basis for a system of government. This parrot is no more; He has ceased to be; he's expired and gone to meet his maker; he's a stiff, bereft of life, he rests in peace; if you hadn't have nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies; he's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible; this is an ex-parrot!

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Robert
The funniest book I have ever read. Joke after joke of surreal fantasy mixed with gorgeous hyperbole on every searing page. I sound very pretentious but it really is hILARIOUS with a capital 'h'.
Sophie
It's probably one of the funniest and touching autobiography I have ever read.
Graham Chapman and his co-authors mixed with great efficiency the touching and moving parts(his coming out, his alcoholism, how he presented his companion to the other Monty Python) and furiously hilarious, like how lazy Chapman and cleese were once in Ibizza, and took holidays instead of writing scripts, the Monty Python shows outside the UK etc..
Everything is recalled in a light and funny way. I like a lot how he wro
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Snailes
Simply awesome, this book was as blurry (but in a good way) like any Monty Python show. I´d highly recommend this book to anybody who is into this, and you get a whirlwind inside tour of how it was to be with the Pythons and especially the most crazy one.
Interesting note on the side, I read the German translation by Harry Rowohlt (who on a side note I always knew I couldn´t stand him and this view was confirmed when I recently read how he threw dirt at David Sedaris for being a boring writer and
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Rob Charpentier
In my estimation Graham Chapman was the bad boy, or fuckup, if you will, out of all the members of Monty Python’s. Of course, his competition for this dubious role among the group wasn’t very stiff by comparison. Nevertheless, if it sounds a little harsh to speak of the dead in this way just consider the fact that he frequently caroused with Keith Moon, the infamous maniacal drummer prankster of rock band The Who. This alone shows that he could really be nothing less of a wild man himself and ma ...more
Liss
I contentedly sigh as my joyous little journey through this book comes to a close.

First, a perhaps obvious assertion: This book is rich with the voice of Graham Chapman. Well, that's surprising, you might sarcastically point out (should you be one for such tones), this is only his bloody autobiography after all. But hang tight, I rather mean that it so beautifully documents his personality which might otherwise have been somewhat eclipsed by the more readily accessible (and rather much more on-
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Mike
Graham Chapman's autobiography is at times silly, surreal, and touching. It is loosely arranged in chronological order, mostly covering his days in medical school and ending shortly after the death of his friend Keith Moon. There are a few hilarious bits but outside of the delirious/surreal interludes most of the time Chapman shows a fairly dry sense of humor. Based on his performances in Monty Python I imagined he was just very silly, but he also displays some incredibly dark humor as well.

He p
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Ian Wood
‘A Liar’s Autobiography’ is quite unusual for an Autobiography as it was written by five people only one of which is Graham Chapman, it is however his life story, at least partly. The series of co-authors, including Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker fame, add to the book’s overall charm of questioning weather the ‘Liar’ it claims to be about is in fact telling us the absolute truth,

Whist the over members of Python worked out side the group on a series of other projects and collaborations Graham Chapma
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Sean
It has come to the attention of this reviewer that the so-called 'facts' contained in what is clearly not at all or at least mostly not very much and yet, granted, a little bit of an autobiography are not at all facts but are instead the--what? Yes, I would like another gin and tonic, thank you--and furthermore--BRRBING BBBRING--sorry, phone, what? Who the bloody hell are you? Why on earth would I want now to relate my feelings on the north atlantic halibut? I'm writing a review, madam, good day ...more
Kat
Humourous book of anecdotes and self-ridiculing humour- this is a great relatively light read for all fans of Chapman and Python in general.
Bethanie
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Brad
This is probably the most hilarious book I have ever read. I purchased it on a trip to Paris, I think, and remember laughing aloud in public, several times, while doing laundry. It would help considerably if you are a bit of a Monty Python's Flying Circus fan, in order to get many of the references to particular sketches and such. If you're a fan, I can't recommend this enough. A good history lesson about the group and Chapman's personal life, embellished at times as you would expect from one of ...more
Zachary
This book was a comedic work of the deceased genius: Graham Chapman. Now a major animated picture, I recommend that everyone reads this book based around non-sequitor. This is my favorite fiction book, and since I have very high standards for my literature, this is a full recommendation. The wit in this is astounding. 87/100, would read again.
William Thomas
One of the least famous components of Monty Python, this book shows that Chapman must have been one of the greatest driving forces behind the group, despite not having a career afterward. It is witty, entertaining, full of tall-tales, paradoxical rhetoric, bold-faced lies and is nothing short of a wonderful read.
Theadra
Graham Chapman is my favorite Monty Python member. His early death is a great loss.

I love this book. I can't stop reading it, can't put it down. I love the prose and the free form structure. But I love what a great man Chapman was. His struggle with alcohol is very hard to read.
Becky
Jun 07, 2011 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Monty Python
Crazy, mad read that I could only recommend to a Python fan. In turns funny and sad as he battles with alcoholism. I listened to the audio book, and let go of what was reality, or his creative genius - or both. Learned about this book when checking out info about Monty Python.
Fred
I really can't recommend it to any but the most die-hard Monty Python fan, and a lot of the funniest stories were re-told better in live performances by Chapman shortly before his death. But it does offer some amusing, albeit surreal, insight into the man and some interesting anecdotes.
Carol
I am pulling this off my shelf and rereading since I just learned it was made into a movie. I am not a keeper of books, but this book has moved with me since I acquired it in 1985. One of the funniest books I ever read and certainly the most unique autobiography.
Erika
My favorite Python. I had to special order it on tape because the little bookstore in Port Huron couldn't get it in print, for some reason. It was read by Chapman, which made it even better.

What did I learn? Graham Chapman was one messed up dude.
Sarah
Graham's autobiography was rambling and a little too focused on sex. I imagine he has some amazing stories about working with Monty Python, but he probably doesn't remember any of them. Or at least, he didn't bother to share them.
Disappointing.
Paul
The strange weird life of Graham which seems to involve various old Graham Chapman/Douglas Adams sketches and people arguing in footnotes*.

*Which is quite bad**.

**Well it is***.

***See above.
Jason
I have absolutely no idea if any of this book is true (it is called a "Liar's Autobiography after all). I find that I didn't care in the least while reading it and enjoyed it immensely.
Mary  Goodnight
Une autobiographie écrite en plein delirium tremens par le plus fou de ces cinglés de Monty Pythons. Un régal de nonsense, avec quelques passages très touchants.
Savinek
I'm french so I read it in french.
Great great book ! Very good english humour (of course, it is what we expect with one of the Monty Pythons !).

I enjoyed it :)
Nessa Borealis
I loved this book and then I loaned it to someone, never to be read again. Bah! It's a terrific work of near-truth from one of the least-heard-from Pythons.
Nicole Marino
Aug 21, 2007 Nicole Marino rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ben
Had to hunt down a copy of the original (never expected it to be published again, especially 2 years later!) Very funny, very surreal, very Graham. Loved him.
Michaela
Probably the most brusque autobiography you will ever read - filled with lies that are probably true.

Dr. Chapman - you are sorely missed!
Gavin
It would be interesting to know how much of this is true. Probably a good deal of it. An absorbing autobiography by a very funny man.
Tara Kontra
Graham Chapman, the gay alcoholic (dead) member of Monty Python: Confusing. Hilarious. Chaotic. Brilliant.
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Graham Chapman was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He was also the lead actor in their two narrative films, playing King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the title character in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
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