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Interesting, to a point.,
This review is from: Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years: The Python Years 1969-1979 (Paperback)This is great in some respects- interesting inside information regarding Monty Python and the entertainment industry in general and a pleasant walk with the Mr Nice Guy of Monty Python. However it is also far too long and often you get the impression we are only getting half the story. Is Palin just trying to ensure his nice guy image is maintained at the cost of journalistic truth? Who knows?
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2008 15:16:56 GMT
S. H. Moore says:
Well, clearly no approach could satisfy you. You complain that the book is far too long and also that it is only half the story. The full story (ie all the material from the diaries) would be twice as long, whereas a more savagely edited book would contain even less than half the story. So, which is it to be? Neither do you seem to realize that these are personal diaries, not a journalist's notes. It is unfair to suggest that Palin is trying to ensure his nice guy image - the obvious explanations are that either he didn't record everything in his diaries, or that he did but does not want to betray confidences and lose friends by publishing everything.
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