Butterfly Brain Paperback – 28 Oct 2010
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Fascinating to read and difficult to put down. (THE PRESS)
Barry Cryer is one of the great comedians of the last 50 years. This is a sparkling series of hilarious and true anecdotes, almost all of which have never been told before!See all Product Description
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Set out in small sections, with usually two or three pages on each subject (usually about a show business friend or acquaintance) this should make it an ideal book to dip in and out of but it all just doesn't seem to work. The anecdotes generally fall a little flat, with precious few genuinely funny stories amongst them. This seems a little strange as Barry Cryer is a genuinely funny man.
It is not a big book, the generous spacing and font size meaning it does not take long to read but the inclusion of several pages of totally pointless (and unfunny) photographs and an index which is similarly pointless and unfunny left me with the impression that the whole thing has been `padded out'.
If, like me, you dislike the use of footnotes (they annoy me because they break up the rhythm of my reading) you won't be too pleased to find that this book is littered with them.
This is not by any means a poor book, it's just that I expected better from Barry Cryer.
I enjoyed both books (yet to read "Pigs Can Fly") & was hoping for even more "insider knowledge" on his showbiz acquaintances, but I imagine threats of litigation were considered before this one went to print.
I await the follow-up tome, providing more anecdotes from the underbelly of celebrity (working title: "Moth Balls"?), in the hope that it will offer further insights about the many personalities Barry Cryer has acquainted himself with & hope he will then unfetter his darkest secrets upon a readership hungry for further tales of vanity & deceit from the world of greasepaint & gaffer tape.
Liked the show Barry - not so sure about the book.
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Barry Cryer, what a gem. Part autobiography, mixed with amusing thoughts on life in general. a wonderful book, sad when I finished it.Published 13 months ago by Mrs S Cook
not what I expected at all,but don't let me put you off of a very sound purchase.Published 13 months ago by ian