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A Mature Taste of Connolly,
This review is from: Journey to the Edge of the World (Hardcover)
This is a rather mature, but thoroughly entertaining, taste of Billy Connolly.
Billy takes an unusual journey across the roof of Canada, giving us the benefit of his unique perspective on the communities he visits along the way.
This is something of an anthropological travel log, enlivened by one of the most natural comedic brains around ; and yet it's much more.
Billy writes from the heart. He shows a richness of perception and sensitivity that has been at the core of his success as a comedian. Quite simply, Billy has a wonderful gift of understanding people, coupled with a warmth of expression that makes this book interesting, regardless of whether the places he visits were of interest before opening the first page.
His story is all about the ordinary individuals that he meets and he captures those experiences so well that you feel like you were part of the journey.
When you've seen Billy on stage, it helps to understand his writing style. The odd entertaining rant is there, charged with 'Billy logic', which wouldn't win a science award, but will leave you chuckling long afterwards.
Five stars would have been merited except for a slight labouring of some of the subject matter, e.g. Franklin's story of the loss of his own life and those of his crews. Common sense was no doubt scarce amongst early adventurers ( even the great George Mallory paid the ultimate price ), but Billy gives Franklin a particularly hard time.
On balance, well worth reading.