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Monty: His Part in My Victory (Milligan Memoirs 3) [Kindle Edition]

Spike Milligan
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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




'It's all over, Von Arnheim has surrendered and he's very angry.' 'This could mean war...'



The third volume of Spike Milligan's laugh-a-line account of life as a gunner in World War Two resumes on the eve of victory in North Africa. Now Britain's looniest war hero must combat some of the direst threats a soldier has ever faced - boredom ('Christ, I just thought of Catford'), a cold ('In this weather?' 'Yed.'), moving camp ('It's a sort of Brighton with camels'), relaxing on the beach ('Life was golden, and we were the assayers'), moving camp again ('We're already somewhere else'), a visit to Carthage ('It's terrible, it's like Catford') and a perilous encounter with the gloriously endowed Mademoiselle Villion ('"Help! massage," I said weakly'). Against the odds, they survive and are sent at last to Italy to be killed...




'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: 5719 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (13 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8YIFF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to entertain 23 Mar 2003
By Pansori
Format:Paperback
Everytime I pick up one of Milligan's war memoirs I think: "Oh, this one can't possibly be as good as the last" and everytime he proves me wrong. Although Monty is not as engaging as ROMMEL, it is still up there. The book covers the aftermath of the British victory in Africa, which consists of a lot of partying and a lot of sleeping. What's most entertaining is Milligan's recounts of his Old West obsessed father and his accident prone best friend, Harry Edgington. Once again, he makes you wish you were there to experience the times with him. These war memoirs are high reccommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By S. Cain
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This the third book of Milligan's war memoirs. It may come accross as somewhat lacking on its own because there isn't the desperate action of the other books. Therefore, I would suggest it be read in conjunction with his second book, 'Rommel: Gunner Who?'.

'Monty' covers the time from victory over the Axis powers in North Africa (1943) up to Milligan's departure for the campaign in Italy (read 'Mussolini'). This book sees Milligan and others of the 19th Brigade, RA enjoying more relaxed pursuits and being given some well deserved R&R. We also see much more of his qualities as a gifted musician and entertainer, teaming up with close friends and others to entertain troops in North Africa, even the likes of the great Admiral Cunningham from whom he personally manages to cadge a fag. He gets to meet many other accomplished entertainers (there's name-dropping throughout, though you need to be of a certain age to recognise some of them) and a pep talk from his new CO provides him with some valuable career advice along the lines of, "hold your trumpet straight when on stage and remember you represent the honour of the regiment"!

Again Milligan writes you into his experiences; the desert heat, the cool rivers and beaches, the alchoholic stupours. He relates his bliss when at ease in natural surroundings and in good company and reflects on matters that touch him personally. Ah, but then he's a complex creature and is otherwise chasing after his more base insticts, especially when a pretty nurse shows some interest in him whilst he's recovering in hospital from from an infection.

Once again, Milligan proves himself a master when mixing comedy and pathos. The rib-tickling is accompanied by deeply introspective observations but Milligan enables you to slip so comfortably from one to another, such is his skill and honesty as a writer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud 4 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
and it is rare that a book makes me do that. Funny, moving and (allowing for a little artistic license) believable.
Of the "series" Rommel? Gunner Who? ,Mussoloni;His Part in my Downfall, Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall - not the best but definitely worth a read.
In fact - read them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Milligan 14 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Best one out of the trilogy - period. The others are brilliant - this is excellent. Buy it now and stop worrying about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent, brilliant, poignant. 24 May 2014
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A real life story of life as a gunner in the Second World War told with Spike's very uniquely black humorous observations on the human condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny 17 May 2014
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Written in Spike's usual style, this book had me laughing out loud. Not for the prudish though. Only four stars because it's a very short book compared with the other volumes of his war memoirs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not appreciated! 21 Feb 2014
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Bought a series of these for my fella as I told him I had read them all and found them laugh out loud hilarious. He struggled through the first half of one and disagreed with me! I suppose it depends on your sense of humour. I thought they were brilliant, he doesn't .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 14 Dec 2013
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If wars were won by humour alone the British would rule the world. This, the second book in Spike's history of the second world war is as funny (with sadness at times) as the first part Adolph Hitler - My part in his downfall. An absolute must for all Goons fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT SPIKE
Published 3 months ago by ERIC HEENEY
3.0 out of 5 stars An amusing tale, but little more
Anything by Spike Milligan is amusing. In this book he recounts more of his wartime adventures against the backdrop of entertaining the troops. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sparky72
5.0 out of 5 stars One mans war!!
Over the years I have read and reread this book.After spending 22 years in the mob I can relate to
everything that Spike has recorded. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W.T.POOH
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty his part in my victory
Bloody fantastic like the others I find myself laughing out loud. What is a dramatic and Boris part of our history he brings a touch of humour to.
Published 14 months ago by Darran Gough
3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Maelstrom
Milligan now joins the shooting war in North Africa, specifically the fall of Tunis and the aftermath. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is Spike at his best. Very funny and factual. He was a natural comedian. A great fun read hugely funny and lots of action.
Published 15 months ago by Michael Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty ;His part in my victory
Continuing the war memoirs of Spike Milligan. His unique diary intimates that he was the only sane person during a period of utter madness. Brilliant
Published 18 months ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Sails in the Sunset
Spike Milligan was born in India, the son of an Irish father who was serving in the British Indian Army. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Spike!
This was another excellent read from Spike Milligan.

It is different in style than the previous three and is a longer read. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by Froxfield_Reviewer
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