Spike Milligan is often hit and miss with his comedy. he's either so good he leaves you salivating for more or he's 'eh'. The Murphy falls in between. The book is about Mick Murphy, a drunken irishman, who after getting bonked on the head with a frying pan relives the highlights of his life: Love, Marriage, Health, poverty, etc etc. It has the potential to be so much funnier, but for some reason, the comedy falls just a tad short. And the humor is a little too bathroom for this reader's taste. This being said, Spike Milligan is still one of the greatest humorists who ever lived, and even though THE MURPHY is far from his best work, it still warrants a reading; at the least you'll smile the whole way through.