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In His Own Write (John Lennon)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,483 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
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I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madolf Heatlump (who only had one). Anyway they didn't get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn't pass -- much to my Aunties supplies. As a member of the most publified Beatles my (P, G, and R's) records might seem funnier to some of y

Hardcover, 79 pages
Published December 1st 1964 by Simon and Schuster (first published January 1st 1964)
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Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Total and complete nonsense.
I enjoyed it completely though.
Most of the time, I didn't understand a word that was written, but sometimes I would catch on and see his little tweaks to words like 'in the jumble... the mighty jumble' instead of 'jungle'.
Some of the passages will make you scrunch up your eyebrows in confusion, but by the end of the story or poem, you're laughing. If you're a John Lennon fan, that is- or, at least, you have a good sense of humor and aren't very particular in your lite
Feb 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a John Lennon fan... but this is complete crap.

If you think that this book is any good, I bet you like the cut and colour of the Emporers New Clothes too.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my edition In His Own Write is paired with A Spaniard In The Works, but I guess I'll write the reviews separately. Also, Paul McCartney not Yoko Ono wrote the introduction, and, frankly, I can only be grateful, because Paul gives the readers a good advice - the stories don't have to make sense and there is no need to look for a hidden meaning: "if it seems funny then that's enough".

It was often funny and sad at times, but brilliant all the way through. John Lennon had a knack for words and an
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry fans, Beatles fans
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May 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh John (or #jawn if you have the misfortune of following me on Tumblr), how I love to hate you and hate to love you.

Honestly, I surprised myself by even picking this up considering he's my least favorite Beatle, but on my never ending quest to absorb as much Beatle knowledge and material as possible, I figured I'd give this a quick read.

I think the part I liked most about this little...whatever you'll call it, was Paul's (#pol, again for the Tumblr reference) introduction. He prefaces this mis
People will say 'This book is absolute crap!'...They are dead wrong! They obviously have a short attention spam because this book is so meaningful! If you are willing to read this book, i suggest to take your time and read it slowly, if you don't, you will find yourself putting the book down after the very first poem! Make sure you spend time to think deeply about every word, you will find it much more enjoyable! i understand that not many people understand Liverpudlian but that is no excuse to ...more
I was bored on the 9th of octover 1940 when, i believe, the nasties were still booming us led by Madalf Heatlump(who only had one).
The first thing you tell yourself after reading this line 'i won't take this book seriously' but while you keep turning pages unconsciously you take it as a serious book. why ? because john lennon can kick your ass like a nastie, that's why
God help and breed you all LoL
Hana Bouziane
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, art
Randolf's Party

It was Chrisbus time but Randolph was alone. Where
were all his good pals, Bernie, Dave, Nicky, Alice,
Beddy, Freba, Viggy, Nigel, Alfred, Clive, Stan, Frenk,
Tom, Harry, George, Harold ? Where were they on this
day ? Randolf looged saggly at his only Chrispbut cart
from his dad who did not live there.
'I can't understan this being so aloneley on the one
day of the year when one would surely spect a pal or
two ?' thought Rangolf. Hanyway he carried on putting
ub the desicrations and muzz
Garrett Zecker
Meh. Okay, so I have been over the Beatles for a while now. I was fascinated for a time, but now I am over them. Someday I anticipate I will no longer be over them and will be touting their brilliance like everyone else seems to, but I am over it. But that is not to say that I don’t get it. I get it.

The one thing that I will never be over is reading, though. And British comedy. Both. And it has to do with this review.

This book is a book of poetry, musings, sketches, and nonsense verse by John L
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is likely to go over the heads of many readers and surely under the head of scholars and serious readers but for those, such as myself, that understand what Lennon is doing with his writing the reading experience is unparalleled. I can honestly say that I have never read a book that has made me laugh out loud as many times as this one, in fact I can't recall many other books that have made me laugh at all. Lennon's experimentation with the English language is enviable and influential o ...more
Pete daPixie
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poptastic
Hey...forgot this one. I surely must have read this back in the swinging sixties man. No flies on Frank. If you visit John's home in Menlove Avenue, go upstairs into his little bedroom, and there on the window ledge is a book of Lewis Carroll's nonsense. Say no more.

"Oh what fun it'll be, when they see me through the glass in here, and can't get at me!"
(Through The Looking Glass & What Alice Found There. Lewis Carroll.)
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, but it's certainly not for everyone. the whole book is back to front, nonsensical, whimsy wordplay, which I find delightful, but others may feel they're wasting their time.
It's fun to read, and strangely reminiscint of Roald Dahl, in my opinion.
Emilie Leming
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when it first came out and love Lennon's quirky, oft' bizarre sense of humor. Some pieces have made me laugh so hard... well, great stuff from my favorite Beatle, singer/songwriter & author.
Mary Narkiewicz
oh so long ago.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordnerdery, reread
This book changed my life.
Yasemin Şahin
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deneme
Çok kısa bir kitap...Ama çok tatlı çizimler, anlamlı-anlamsız anektodlarla dolu aynı zamanda. Yumuşak G yayınları da sıra dışı bir yayın eviymiş cidden. (Kitap 1997 basımı)
Marius van Blerck
John Lennon clearly liked Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, and it shows in this amusing and intelligent book of short stories, which are collectively a delightful example of wordplay.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-read
A really strange book
Thom Dunn
"What I learned from this book"---Writing as a Liberating Activity
Ahmad Hesham
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good piece of work by one of the greatest artists of all time.
It's a mixture of poetry, illustrations, and Liverpool sense of humor.
Lori Ah
Silly fun. Nice pictures.
It was okay. Lennon's humour is definitely portrayed in this book, but I expected more.
James Oatis
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

A great book of short stories and funny pictures written by legend that is John Lennon of The Beatles. Greatness
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t understand half of it! Haha! But that brief experience was still enjoyable :)

I know I’m commenting on this piece of work from a biased perspective (am a Fab Four fan…and proud of it, babe ;-) ), so if that’s not gonna help…don’t bother reading on…

Am always have been in awe of Lennon – with and post-McCartney, his musical intellect is undeniable. Added to that awe is a smidgen of a feeling of intimidation. Video footage of live interviews as well as chronicles of people who were, in som
Shelby Wilson
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Lennon, and it reads a lot like the rest of Lennon, though they are a bit shorter. It is amazing to me that Lennon was producing stuff like this so early in his career. The book is a testament to the fact that Lennon was ahead of his time and past the rest of the Beatles as artists at a very early stage. It is my belief that the Beatles didn't actually begin to change music until after 1965 when they stopped touring. Lennon poetry and short stories in this collection goes far b ...more
Rahmat Hidayat
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
maybe it was the finnish translation but yeah, didn't enjoy that much
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles fans, John Lennon fans
Shelves: the-beatles
Quirky. That's pretty much In His Own Write in one word. Maybe eccentric would be another one.

It's a collection of very short stories, poems, and drawings from John and to be perfectly honest, I doubt he'd have been able to get it published had he not been a Beatle. Regardless, it made me chuckle because the humor is just so specific and rather dark; I don't know how many stories ended rather unpredictably and all in the same fashion (without giving anything away).

There are little lines thrown i
Joe Caravella
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twistedly Funny, The Smart Beatle shows his lighter side, It is hard to "Imagine" such mirthfull Little Vignets Comming from the mouth or mind of the man who once proclaimed His Band To be bigger than Jesus, Buts Just the point a truley brilliant mind is aware of his Insanity & his Genius, Because there is a fine line between the two. John was a Poet,A Composer, A Rocker,A Rebel, A activist, a Writer of 3 volumes of short silly Tomes, A spokesman for a Generation, A front Man for the greates ...more
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John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE, was an English singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, and together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager, his first band, The Quarrymen, evolving into The Beatles in 19
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