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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Romance Humour - what are we doing to the world?
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of Milligan's Memoirs...
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...
Published on 6 Sep 2001


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Romance Humour - what are we doing to the world?, 8 Mar 2002
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars More of Milligan's Memoirs..., 6 Sep 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Spike Revisited, 3 Mar 2009
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Spike's 1946 gap year Facebook page, 12 May 2012
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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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Soldier (War Biography), 8 April 2010
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a great writer, 29 April 2014
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A great and talented man one of the all time greats a truly outstanding book hard to put down superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milligan at his best, 18 Mar 2014
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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".
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