A candid and brilliantly funny memoir...
...of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed comedy legend.
En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.
And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python.
Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese’s thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.
A very honest book and particularly by modern standards. Overly self indulgent perhaps - but then it is an autobiography! A lot of finite detail about childhood observations which is very revealing and help explain the person we know, their work and their characterisations. Observations on others give no real insight (comedy greats) which is very revealing of the author and explain the preoccupation with childhood in the early chapters. There is something of a joke in this if the reader can see it. I wonder if John's dad was so keen to escape the bombing because of his mother's nervous disposition. Also if specific interest was the back story on Connie which perhaps help explain the brilliance of the duos masterpiece. This is a better book than I think some readers may give credit for. Thanks John.
So anyway by John Cleese
I tunes......something must be wrong here as it won't download and is shown as being in iCloud....still won't download!