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auntcam, September 25, 2007 (view all comments by auntcam)
Love Michael, love Python, love the book.
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Michael Palin has gone from Pole to Pole and role to role, but he'll always be a Python. Now he opens up his personal journals to tell us about the personalities and personal struggles that led to Monty Python's Flying Circus. Who knew this silly man was so obsessive about the details of his legendary comedy? In this large volume we get much more than a standard memoir. We get six hundred plus pages of details about the Pythons, the people who supported them, and those who didn't want "something completely different". Palin might be a little obsessive in his journeys and journals, but that's a good thing for true fans.
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ISBN:
9780312369354
Author:
Palin, Michael
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Comedians
Subject:
Comedians -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Actors -- Great Britain.
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 cds, 5 hours
Pages:
672
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10 x 6.05 x 1.99 in

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Product details 672 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312369354 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Palin's delightful diaries recount the troupe's heyday in real time, from the first BBC season through Life of Brian. Grade: A-."
"Review" by , "A real delight to read."
"Review" by , "His showbiz observations are so absorbing.... Palin is an elegant and engaging writer."
"Review" by , "A wealth of fascinating stuff about Monty Python."
"Review" by , "Our favourite TV explorer shows us the workings of an unstoppable machine."
"Review" by , "A riveting commentary to a remarkably creative decade."
"Synopsis" by ,
A perceptive and funny chronicle, these diaries are a rich portrait of how Monty Python emerged and triumphed.
"Synopsis" by ,
Michael Palins diaries begin in the late 1960s when he began writing for hugely popular programs. He recounts how Monty Python emerged and triumphed. From the success and cult status brought by Monty Python, Palin shares stories from their world tours, their stay at hotels recently trashed by Led Zeppelin, their battles over censorship, and how individually the Pythons went their separate ways. Yet at the same time they were working on the now celebrated series of films, including The Holy Grail, many of whose lines are known by heart to a considerable portion of the English-speaking world. The birth and childhood of his three children, learning to cope as a young man with celebrity, his friendship with George Harrison, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these diaries. A perceptive and funny chronicle, the diaries are a rich portrait of a fascinating period.
 
 
"Synopsis" by ,
Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for The Two Ronnies, David Frost, etc). Monty Python was just around the corner.

         This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys---Jones and Gilliam---and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is but only part of Palin's story. Here is his growing family, his home in a north London Victorian terrace, which grows as he buys the house next door and then a second at the bottom of the garden; here, too, is his solo effort---as an actor, in Three Men in a Boat, his writing endeavours (often in partnership with Terry Jones) that produces Ripping Yarns and even a pantomime.

         Meanwhile Monty Python refuses to go away: the hugely successful movies that follow the TV (his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and the Life of Brian movies are page-turners), the at times extraordinary goings-on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent an American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on U.S. transmission, and much more---all this makes for funny and riveting reading.

         The birth and childhood of his three children, his father's growing disability, learning to cope as a young man with celebrity, his friendship with George Harrison, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these diaries. A perceptive and funny chronicle, the diaries are a rich portrait of a fascinating period.

"Michael Palin is not just one of Britain's foremost comedy character actors, he also talks a lot. Yap, yap, yap he goes, all day long and through the night . . . then, some nights, when everyone else has gone to bed, he goes home and writes up a diary."

---John Cleese

 
"This combination of niceness, with his natural volubility, creates Palin's expansiveness."

---David Baddiel, The Times

 

"A real delight to read."

---Saga Magazine (UK)

 

"His showbiz observations are so absorbing. . . . Palin is an elegant and engaging writer."

---William Cook, The Guardian (UK)

 

"A wealth of fascinating stuff about Monty Python."

---The Independent (UK)

 

"Our favourite TV explorer shows us the workings of an unstoppable machine."

---Daily Express (UK)

 

"A riveting commentary to a remarkably creative decade."

---Academy (UK)

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