Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: So, Anyway... by John Cleese


Read from September 21 to 25, 2014

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had been more familiar with John Cleese's work. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I just wasn't the ideal audience.  

So, Anyway... was very well-written. It was almost as though I was sitting in a room with him while he shared anecdotes from his life.

He begins by talking about his childhood, and then gradually works his way through to Monty Python.  While it was a quick read, there were a few slow parts in the middle of the book. But, again, people familiar with his work may not have an issue with that. I have to admit that I enjoyed reading more about his life while he was at school than his days writing comedy sketches, but that's because reading about someone writing is not very entertaining. Therefore, I'm glad he included bits of some of his favorite sketches. While some of them may have been funnier performed onstage, most of them were still amusing enough on their own to make me laugh out loud.

I would highly recommend this to fans of John Cleese, and to anyone who really enjoys British comedy.

Rating (out of five stars):

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