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Brilliant and clever, but...I did not like it
on 11 April 2002
Much as I love John Lennon, I must admit that, on the whole, I did not like this book, even though I found some parts really enjoyable. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am not British and I can't understand where all the funny stuff is. Many subtleties are lost on me.
Or maybe it has to do with the fact that Lennon, as a writer, was much influenced by Lewis Carrol, a novelist I can't - and never will - appreciate.
Having said thus much, let me just add that, nonetheless, I think that John Lennon was a SUPERB writer: he could master his own language very well and he created a peculiar way of expression which was only his. His writing is original, ingenuous, absolutely unique. Sometimes I even think that Lennon ought to have been a writer, rather that a musician.