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  • Hardcover: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (4 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312369352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369354
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,588,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and the Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda and, more recently, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.

He has written books to accompany his very successful travel series, Around the world in 80 days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya and New Europe. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play The Weekend and the novel Hemingway's Chair.

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"His warmth and capacity for joy are very appealing" -- Katie Owen, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"a curiously fascinating pleasure" -- Nicola Barr, GUARDIAN --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Palin's diaries of his life before, during and after Monty Python. --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jon ryan on 25 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps the oddest thing about a book written by one of the foremost comedians of a generation is the lack of humour in it. But then, this was never designed to be a funny book. Rather it is the story, the journey, of how one of a group of six men became comedy icons, men who set a comedic standard that 30 years later is still to be transcended.

Comedy, we learn, is HARD WORK, not simply dashing off a sketch with a dead parrot in it and then settling back next to the pool, drinking Chateau de Chasselas and waiting for the bank to send a wheelbarrow full of money around. Rather, this book is about how the Pythons variously loved and hated each other, their doubts and egos, how they fought (and mostly, thankfully, won) their fights against censorship.

This is a diary, not a biography or a hagiography, and so we can take it as honest when Palin relates how, ten years after Python first came upon us, he still drives a Mini and how during a meal Eric Idle `reveals that three of the Pythons are broke` (although John Cleese has a `dirty Rolls`).

If you are looking for belly laughs, get a CD of Python. If you want to know about the egos and the alchoholism, the pain and the pleasure, buy this book. The book won`t make you laugh, but you may learn more about what makes Palin laugh. And what it cost him.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. BUTTERWORTH on 20 Dec 2006
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The 600 pages were apparently edited from about five times as much original material. I think the amount chosen for inclusion should perhaps have been reduced by about half again as there are many accounts of "Python" meetings and other business meetings. That said, the diaries make a gentle and pleasant read for anyone who was around during the Python years and has an interest in the making of Monty Python and other projects in which Palin was involved. There are some insights into the personalities of the Pythons and the stresses and conflicts which emerged in the years following their initial success. The book becomes more interesting as the years pass and some well-known non-Pythons like George Harrison become part of the story though the analysis of characters and current events never attains any depth. Palin comes across as a thoughtful, likeable man, who clearly makes a great deal of money during these years but for whom money is not the primary motivation. To sum up, the book is an enjoyable bed-time read, though not a book to return to once read.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Viner on 6 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderfully vivid and engrossing - unlike so many post-Python retrospectives, which can often seem either lifeless or over-eager to grind certain axes, this takes you back to when it all happened, and also provides all kinds of delightful and insightful anecdotes about Palin, his colleagues and his comedy.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ra Johnson on 16 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
some people will be moaning that the pages in this diary are not as funny as they were hoping for, simply because of the reason it was written by one of the greatest comedic group of all time.

But then again, what were they expecting? the very title, 'diaries 1969-1979 the python years doesnt exactly suggest this is simply a book about comedy. this book gives such a good insight into what not only made palin himself tick, but also how the pythons worked to become who they are.

they are after all his diaries, his personal thoughts.

as a fan of the pythons and especially michael palin, i love this book. i love being able get an insight into how human problems such as death of parents, and alcoholism have affected this super-human comedy group.

this is essential reading if you love the pythons, just dont be expecting belly laughs. it is after all his personal thoughts. hes not going to be writing in comedy script all the time is he.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma Peel on 1 Mar 2009
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This is a long, long, long book. Took ten years to create and took me approximately seven months to read.
I think it's great to be given this insight into how Michael Palin's mind works and what he really thinks of the other Pythons. It's interesting to read that the Python ventures are not the fun you'd think they'd be. And that Michael Palin isn't the man you think he is.....
On television he comes across as friendly, non-judmental, could get along with anyone but in his diaries he seems much more hard and resilient than you'd expect. And could I even say he seems quite selfish?
He doesn't take much interest in the concerns of his mother and sister and doesn't really seem to have cared less when his father died. He'll also quite happily traipse off to some far-flung place and leave his wife Helen to bring up their children as a single mother for nine months of a year. His daughter seems to have been quite scared of him upon his return, not having any idea who he was.
And of course you only have his opinion on the other Pythons and their behaviour. It would be interesting to see what their opinion was of him at the time!
Having said that, it was very interesting to see what these famous people get up to on their days off TV. It's interesting that all the people he chooses to socialise with seem to come from a very similar background to him. He doesn't have any dustman friends or really mix with anyone who doesn't live in Hampstead.
I look forward to the the imminent publishing of the next lot of diaries. I was left there on New Years Eve 1979, wondering what happened the next morning. One thing you couldn't accuse him of is being boring. He always puts stuff in an intelligent and original way.
I'll miss not having him in my life every day.
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