Calcium Made Interesting: Sketches, Letters, Essays and Gondolas Paperback – Unabridged, 18 Aug 2006
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'his irreverence and absurdism [provided] the brightest creative
spark within the [Monty Python] group.' -- Independent
A collection of funny, surreal and touching writings from Monty Python's Graham Chapman -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product Description
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It really shows Chapman's breadth and depth. He was so intelligent, both broadly as a doctor and an observer of the human race and on specific issues such as homosexual rights, and with a scathing wit.
My sole criticism of the book would be that it is arranged by group- all the letters in a group, then all the sketches, and so on. When I re-read this book, as I will, I'll probably read it in a random order to get the full contrast between comedy and tragedy.
Yoakum isn't much of a writer, but we're not here to read what he has to say. Unfortunately, he isn't much of an editor either. He puts sketches and stories that have appeared earlier in the book in again in a slightly different form and keeps repeating himself. And why he has picked what he has picked is a mystery.
Some of Chapman's stuff here is funny, some interesting, some weird and worrying. But what weighted it down for me was the constant reminder that the whole point to this book is that none of this was ever published or produced. Some of it wasn't meant to be - in which case, should we be reading it? But most of it was meant to be, only it never made it. So why not? Did Chapman fail? That's depressing. Did he think it was rubbish? Why do we have to read it? Did he die before he got the chance? That's depressing again.
So it is funny, although it could have been put together better, but it's all so melancholy.
I found the bits about his life interesting (and possibly should have looked for a biography) but the sketches...were drivel. Much of this stuff was written on his own and that makes me think that it was his partnerships (mainly with Cleese in the early days) that helped him hone his writing into something funny.
The anecdotes were amusing but, once I'd gotten to the halfway mark, I started skipping pages whenever it came to a sketch. The fact that this work was unpublished should have been a warning....there's a reason why it wasn't published.
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A really cool book for Python lovers if you don't bother about having hardcovers. Worth buying, contains many works of Graham of different kinds and some kind words and memories of... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2011 by Alina_DC