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The Complete Acid Drops Hardcover – 23 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Orion, London; First Edition edition (23 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075281835X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752818351
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The complete collection of Kenneth Williams¿ wicked, witty conversation stoppers. Introduced by long-time friend Gyles Brandreth and illustrated by Graeme Garden.

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Gyles Brandreth is a former Oxford Scholar and President of the Oxford Union and worked in theatre, television and publishing before becoming MP for the City of Chester in 1992.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 2 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
You get a feeling after reading 'Acid Drops' that however good it is, a collection of Williams' home-grown insults and put-downs would've been even more rewarding.
It seems lazy and a tad wasteful that Williams' own acid bile and verbal whiplash isnt better chronicled for modern audiences than by a few blurry You Tube clips.

However, that's a minor gripe from some-one who unashamedly can't cram enough Williams into his day.
I've loved him since childhood - only later in life to uncover his brilliantly nasty personality; high level intellectualism mixed with lavatory level vulgarity.
Both extreme symptoms of his solitary nature and consequently his depressing societal failures.

A one-off, insecure loner with the most complex (in both senses of the word) and misunderstood sexuality in human history - to know him and his work is to be completely enchanted....

'Acid Drops' is an accumulation of cruel come-backs and wounding witticisms from such as Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Groucho Marx, T S Eliott, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill - you get the idea. Hundreds of anecdotes and vignettes, lovingly divided into chapters (nb: KW was one of the great compartmentalists) by Williams who then delivers his own deliciously forthright opinions on the likes of Malice, Pique, Obloquy and Ridicule in the context of stabbing tiresome people with them.

Kenneth Williams 'Complete Acid Drops' is a truly fine read; if I was luridly inclined I'd offer it as a perfect 'toilet book' (a useful analogy when you consider the ghastly cover; a smug Williams looks as though he's just dropped something!), bearing in mind the brackish scatological obsessions for which he was (partly) renowned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon J. Payne on 7 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this after watching a re-run of 'An Audience with Kenneth Williams' where he was at his erudite best and lifts many quotes and examples from the book. The forward by Giles Brandreth is warm and honest and give you some extra insight as to the type of person Williams was. I think it adds a little something to the book, a touch of Williams own personality, the fun side yes, intelligent yes, but also the bitterness and venom.

The book itself has many different quotes, quips and put downs and come backs. They range from plain funny to coarse, rude, witty, clever and genius!

For those of the Facebook, Twitter generation, I've had endless fun updating my status using quotes from this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Don't be put off by the terribly cheesy cover! Inside this book is some hilarious stories of the rich and famous surprisingly showing some ounces of wit, and in some cases unbelievable stupidity. the stories range from winston churchill to lord byron. The sections are: acrimony, bitchery, carping, devilry, epigram, feuding, gamesmanship, humiliation, invective, jibing, knock-out, lampoon, malice, nemesis, obloquy, pique, quip, ridicule, scorn, terseness, upstaging, vitriol, wordplay, xenophobia, yahoo and zany
some sections are more funny than others. theres a good range of one liners and some fondly remembered anecdotes from williams. i just wish i could find the perfect situation for astounding my friends with a one liner or story. examples of what you will find (short examples as i dont have all day):
1st century BC by poet Catullus: 'Complete indifference to your welfare, Caeser, is matched only by ignorance of who you are.'
Cab driver to TS Elliot: 'i have 'em all in my cab. who'd you think i had in yesterday, eh? Bertrand russel, greatest philosipher in the western world, right?' 'Yes, I suppose so.' 'I said to him, bertie, whats it all about then? And do you know, the twit couldn't tell me'
Meekness: Uncommon paitence in planning a revenge that is worthwhile
Heaven; A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good liten with attention while you expound your own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "jaguar00" on 28 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Kenneth Williams recalls some of the funniest put-downs/one liners in history.
Woody Allen: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying"
There are countless funny quotes here, my only dissappointment given the incredible wit that he was, was that Kenneth Williams should have recalled some more of his own hilarious experiences.
A Good Short Read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2002
Format: Paperback
This was a really enjoyable book that covers the A-Z of put downs. Concisely chaptered from Acrimony to Zany it was also very funny and had a great tribute to Kenneth Williams by Gyles Brandreth too.
Too good to miss!
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By Wilma on 6 July 2015
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I have always loved the Carry On films and all the actors involved, so this was a book I couldn't resist. From opening the book I heard Kenneth Williams in my head, reading to me the entries in this book. If you are a fan of his I think you would enjoy this book. His voice was so distinctive that all he had to say was 'Hello' and you knew it was him, so expected to be entertained. The book was a bit more scruffy than I would have liked, but it IS second hand and if, like me, the previous owner read and re-read the book, it has been well loved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Although the cover art and the layout inside the book do leave a lot to be desired, the actual contents, including the material that didn't make it into the first printing, is excellent, and whilst reading you can imagine Kenneth's destintive voice providing animation to the words. I hope that this book is succesful and that Back Drops, his second book, make it back into print. The price is reasonable as well, and is less than half what you would expect to pay for the original.
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