By Spike Milligan
Volume one of Spike Milligan's legendary memoirs is a hilarious, subversive first-hand account of WW2
'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express'
Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian
'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked "This is your enemy". I searched every compartment, but he wasn't on the train.'
In this, the first of Spike Milligan's uproarious recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939 ('it must have been something we said'), through his attempts to avoid enlistment ('time for my appendicitis, I thought') and his gunner training in Bexhill ('There was one drawback. No ammunition') to the landing at Algiers in 1943 ('I closed my eyes and faced the sun. I fell down a hatchway').
Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.
'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry
'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese
'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard
'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan
'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin
Quickly received my order.
Very funny read
Short book that is funny as you'd expect, but reading between the lines there is a seriousness born of the time it is written about.
I will be reading the rest of the series.