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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, funny, fabulous ragbag of a book
I read this book because I was a fan of Monty Python, but long since having tired of watching the show (although admittedly I did watch each episode far too many times) I have yet to tire of reading this book. Interesting about comedy, it's still more interesting about homosexuality, alcoholism, medicine and love. It's a disjointed, flawed, occasionally infuriating...
Published on 15 Jan. 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusion
I'd long been an admirer of Mr Chapman's forays into television and cinema-particularly yellowbeard and timebandits, but this book had by-passed my awareness for thirty years. On discovering it's existence, you can be assured,after the initial excitement had subsided, I eagerly pounced looking forward to an intense session between its covers.I was, I'm afraid...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, funny, fabulous ragbag of a book, 15 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: A Liar's Autobiography (Paperback)
I read this book because I was a fan of Monty Python, but long since having tired of watching the show (although admittedly I did watch each episode far too many times) I have yet to tire of reading this book. Interesting about comedy, it's still more interesting about homosexuality, alcoholism, medicine and love. It's a disjointed, flawed, occasionally infuriating portrait of a man who epitomised these characteristics, but it's magical all the same. Funny, moving and enormously humane, Graham Chapman learned a lot in his life about humility, going your own way and never taking anything more seriously than it deserves, Here he shares it with you, sandwiched in between some of the most irrelevant jokes in modern literature.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 6 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: A Liar's Autobiography (Paperback)
Graham Chapmans book is all about his zanny life. From before he was famous, his alcohol problem & monty python. It is very funny & explains every thing in his strange little way. At the end is a bit by Eric Idle (a fellow python) about his death, it is very touching. Best book ive ever read! buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why Graham Chapman is my favourite Python., 20 Oct. 1999
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. ..how anxious I am for its re-release - I read a friend's copy years ago and have been waiting to get my own ever since. This is funny - in the traditional "embarassing if read on public transport" way. It's also incredibly (spluttering English-fashion to get the emotional word out) moving. Pythons - yes, there's Python. There's also alcholism, sexuality, death and medical science. Once you've discovered this complex, intelligent, funny and sometimes unhappy man, you'll never want Monty Python to reform again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly illuminating, 7 Nov. 2001
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A splendid tale of a wonderfully liberated life which met every criteria of the chaos theory. Chapman was a truly unhinged comic genius and this version of his life had me convulsing with laughter. Read this book regularly to restore perspective and remind yourself that life is chaotic, insane, tragic and ultimately comic!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, moving, and incredibly funny, 9 Dec. 1999
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I adored this book. As a huge Python fan, I knew a lot of the facts already, but he led an amazing and hilarious life that can only really be heard in his own words.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory reading. There WILL be a quiz!, 7 Dec. 1999
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Thank you Methuen for reissuing this gem! Only Graham (and four other people) could have written a book about one of the most misunderstood, clever men in the history of comedy: Graham himself. He lived a life that would have killed an ordinary man, thank god he was extraordinary. Mandatory reading for any Python fan. (And if you liked this little book, be sure to check out "Graham Crackers", the semi-sequel.) Jim Yoakum: Director, the Graham Chapman Archives
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Eyed Python, 12 Feb. 2008
This review is from: A Liar's Autobiography (Paperback)
`A Liar's Autobiography' is quite unusual for an Autobiography as it was written by five people only one of which is Graham Chapman, it is however his life story, at least partly. The series of co-authors, including Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker fame, add to the book's overall charm of questioning weather the `Liar' it claims to be about is in fact telling us the absolute truth,

Whist the over members of Python worked out side the group on a series of other projects and collaborations Graham Chapman concentrated his efforts on being a raging homosexual and screaming alcoholic, that should possibly be the other way around. Whilst Chapman does not have a great legacy such as `Fawlty Towers' or `Ripping Yarns' his personnel life is a life less ordinary and the anecdotes collected here are priceless laugh out loud funny stories. The books wrapper's claim that they are shaggy dog stories gives them an air of authenticity no straight forward autobiography has ever had.

Weather this book is literally true of not is hardly relevant, how the text drifts effortlessly from being at school to being on stage with the Python's to giving relief to W.E. John's fictional war her Biggles is a wonder to behold. More liars should come forward with their own life stories.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusion, 19 Nov. 2008
This review is from: A Liar's Autobiography (Paperback)
I'd long been an admirer of Mr Chapman's forays into television and cinema-particularly yellowbeard and timebandits, but this book had by-passed my awareness for thirty years. On discovering it's existence, you can be assured,after the initial excitement had subsided, I eagerly pounced looking forward to an intense session between its covers.I was, I'm afraid disappointed. I was left without a real sense of who the man was, as there were frequent contradictions and red herrings. It seemed that he was determined to lay false trails, paths which invariably led up blind alleys, serving to mask the true flesh and blood person I sought to understand. As so often in life, a frisson became a disappointment. I suppose the title may have hinted at what was within the pages, but from his other work I'd expected mischief and, with regret I have to record, here there was none. The title is an accurate indicator of the content and the key aim of an autobiography -illumination, failed to materialise for this reader
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