Most helpful critical review
on 25 November 2013
When I was a child, I was taken to Florence and Venice for holdidays. Instead of spending time on beaches like all my friends did, I spent my holidays in churches and museums. Alexei Sayle, author of "Stalin Ate My Homework", was in a similar position. When his friends were watching Disney films, he had to watch Eisenstein. His holidays were mostly spent behind the 'Iron Curtain'. Both he and I now appreciate the unusual natures of our upbringings.
Sayle's childhood was particularly interesting because he was brought up by earnest British Communist Party members, who indoctrinated him in their beliefs. He accepts these to a large extent but realises that this set him apart from his fellow school pupils.
This book, an account of Sayle's childhood, has many funny moments but it is paced too slowly to get me 'rolling in the aisles'. It does, however, open an idiosyncratic window into the history of British communism in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.
Only read this book if you are a quick reader!
Review by author of "SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ" & "ALBANIA ON MY MIND"