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Goodbye Soldier (Milligan Memoirs 6) [Kindle Edition]

Spike Milligan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read (Sunday Express)

Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics ... throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes (Daily Mail)

Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar (Sunday Times)

Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense (Guardian)

Milligan is the Great God to all of us (John Cleese)

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy (Eddie Izzard)

That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man (Stephen Fry)

Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal (Terry Wogan)

A totally original comedy writer (Michael Palin)

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Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared.



'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express



'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail



'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times




'My namer is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni.' 'I'm Spike, sometimes known as stop thief or hey you.' 'Yeser, I know.'



The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ('Arghhhhhhhhh!). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does ...




'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



'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian




Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3204 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (13 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8U2C12
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is my favourite of Spike's Memoirs and tells of his romance with a lovely Italian ballerina. This book changed my life - because of it I visited Capri, and begun a lifelong love of Italy. The saddest thing is that the place he describes has gone now. The book is full of life and colour, and is such a great read that you don't want it to end...I - extraordinary man and talent - this book will be a real delight for all new readers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of Milligan's Memoirs... 6 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the 6th in Spike Milligan's war memoirs, and really it focusses on the immediate post war period, when he was being de-mobbed and working his way up Italy to Austria. All this is happenning amidst his great love affair with Toni, a petit Italian woman who travels with him most of the journey, until their final break-up. It is also the time that Spike can begin his entertainment career for which has has become so well-known and influencial. The man is truly unique, and here you can see his wit and Goon sided view of the world developing as he works. It may surprise some that Spikes first ventures in the entertainment world where musical, as an accomplished trumpet player. In this period the comedy starts taking over, alongside the music and emerges to the fore in hios stage acts.
However, this is Spike writing what seems to be form a crystal clear memory, as the details are so precise that it seems hard to believe he could remember so much. Whether that is true or not does not affect the enjoyment of this book. Spike Milligan can only bear his soul, with all its totured views on life, God, love and war. For those, like me, who are confirmed "Goonatics" it will delight as all Spike's work does. For those with a passing interest it will introduce the foundation of the mans talent which later produced a revolution in comedy that the world has never recovered from. Basically, you will laugh!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spike Revisited 3 Mar 2009
By Tavs
Format:Paperback
A return to reading the collected memoirs of Spike at War. This is probably the third time I have read them since they came out and I got the first volume for my Dad ( Also from Catford with a similar career pattern to Milligan) Spike's books reflect his manic personality; sometimes they make you cry but usually they make you laugh out loud. His obsessive attention to detail( such as clothing) and his amazing recall( of smells and tastes as well as sights and sounds ) is amazing. The books can be disjointed and repetitive at times but as a viewpoint from a lowly placed individual in one of the great events of the 20th century,reflecting all the vices prejudices yet lust for life and freedom from dominating parents of someone from that generation, they are hard to resist!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spike's 1946 gap year Facebook page 12 May 2012
Format:Paperback
No Spike Milligan book is totally tedious - he is always good company - but honestly this was a bit of a struggle to finish.

The war is over and Spike, still stationed in Italy, is just about to be demobbed. Now with Combined Services Entertainment and playing the fiddle in the Bill Hall Trio, a comedy-jazz combo, he tours Italy and Austria as part of a Forces show called the Barbary Coast. He falls desperately in love with one of the cast, the pretty - there are lots of photos - but outstandingly dull Toni. Most of the book is an account of Spike spooning after her, walking hand-in hand through Vienna, visiting Rome, going on holiday to Capri etc etc. If his other five war books often felt like a blog from the front line this is more like a gap year Facebook page.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect after 275 pages of lovidoviness is Spike's strange emotional disconnect at the end as he leaves Italy and his supposed love Toni behind, barely looking back. Maybe people were just burned out and fatalistic after five years of war, but to a modern reader the lack of introspection strikes as odd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye soldier 21 Jun 2013
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Once again a brilliant book by one of the greatest comedians ever. you will enjoy this book completely. Spike Milligan is a brilliant writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exalent read Spike at he's best 27 May 2013
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if you don't know Spike Milligan that well, then read the whole series then you will know what the war was really like
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Soldier (War Biography) 8 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Last in the line of war memoirs. V.funny guy but you see a more serious side in this one - and it's obvious you can see he suffers from the old "Black Dog" on his shoulder. Bit sad really at the end but an interesting read interspersed with good humour.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Book too Far 15 Jun 2014
By euan
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After reading all previous Spike Memoirs this one seems like he has just printed out his dairy. If you want to know what he had for lunch & breakfast on every single day for a year, then this is the book for you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great writer
A great and talented man one of the all time greats a truly outstanding book hard to put down superb
Published 2 months ago by B.P Cheesman
5.0 out of 5 stars Milligan at his best
What a genius of an author Milligan was. A wonderful book from cover to cover. Great stuff. I can't wait to read "peace work".
Published 3 months ago by Patrick mcAuley
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
not a bad book a few good laughs in places especially if you are ex military you can see the funny side as from your own experiences
Published 5 months ago by webload
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short story
Really enjoyed this book on the closing of Spikes military career. Although now a dated book it not only gives you an insight to Spikes Army experience during WW2 but what made... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Leyland
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye soldier
This is a lovely account of Spike Milligan's leaving the army after the war, touring Italy with an entertainment revue and falling in love with an Italiab ballerina. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alan N Hudson
2.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Soldier
Have bought this book to complete my collection of Spikes Way biogrophy and as of yet have not had time to read it so cannot review it
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Alun Healing
5.0 out of 5 stars Milligan moves onward.
I'm afraid that I take great delight in Milligan's irreverent attitude to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Service
My wife, who is fan of Spike Milligan's books, wanted to complete his books about war and peace with the one ordered today. Read more
Published 15 months ago by derek stanley samuels
1.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Soldier
Certainly not one of Spikes best. Reads more like a tour guide of Italy. However it may help those with insomnia.
Published 16 months ago by Keith
2.0 out of 5 stars couldnt finish it
I enjoyed all his previous books about the war, but only got to page 84 on this, found it really hard going. Maybe it gets better, but have consigned it to the bin.
Published 19 months ago by the Furry Ferret
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