January 15, 2016

So, Anyway.... by John Cleese

So, Anyway... by John Cleese
is an autobiography.

It has been released now in both hardback and paperback and I got the paperback copy for review for free in exchange for an honest review.

What is any autobiography about?  It is stories of John Cleese's life told in his own words.  He really does begin at the beginning and spends about half the book talking about his early life before Monty Python connections began to form.  I enjoyed that he spent a lot of time with the early years because, as long as I have been watching him on the screen, I have never really known about the life that led up to the funny man we see in public.  

It was a charming and candid read about what shaped him with photos of family and school years to enjoy as you go.  It is upbeat and casual as he tells of his years in school, teachers he had, and family and friends along the way.

He tells a story in a quiet but thorough way and I enjoyed that about this book.  I could savor it.  The flow of the stories feels like you are sitting there listening to him tell them with a group of friends around him on a weekend afternoon.  

I have spent a great deal of time enjoying his work on the Monty Python's Flying Circus and in my favorite Britcom - Fawlty Towers, so I am very familiar with his voice.  As I read I could hear the words in my head in that voice.  It was splendid!

For those who are not aware... this is not a Christian book by any stretch of the imagination BUT if you are a fan of anything he has done and you enjoy biography/autobiography genre books I think you would enjoy this one.  He tells a great story with humor when the occasion arises and with sincerity when that is necessary.

I would give this book a solid 5 out of 5 and highly recommend it to Cleese fans everywhere!

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