Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall (Spike Milligan War Memoirs) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012
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The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read (Sunday Express)
Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics ... throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes (Daily Mail)
Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar (Sunday Times)
Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense (Guardian)
Milligan is the Great God to all of us (John Cleese)
The Godfather of Alternative Comedy (Eddie Izzard)
That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man (Stephen Fry)
Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal (Terry Wogan)
A totally original comedy writer (Michael Palin)
About the Author
Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.
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Top Customer Reviews
After months of dreadful conditions and battle casualties and a cold hearted, autocratic Battery Commander, Spike is caught in a Mortar attack, slightly wounded, physically, but totally wrecked mentally. The final chapters of the book record his treatment, such as it was and his subsequent recovery, as the war in Europe ended.
The book is written with, at times, great sensitivity. Regarding the "funny" bits, yes some of them are very funny in a pre Goon Show style. However, it is a book that should be read by those of us who abhor War and recognise that war is not an enterprise to be entered upon lightly.
Read the book. In places, you will laugh, but in places you will be close to tears.
He paints a tragic picture of the war using some of his strong relationships to demonstrate the realism of his experiences. He manages to make you laugh at the ludicrous situations he finds himself in, then you get angry and frustrated with some examples of the callous leadership. Finally, he brings you down to earth by highlighting how pointless it all is.
I wish I could have been a fan during his lifetime. Long live Spike, a national treasure.
I liked Spike Milligan but hadn't read any of his books, This book is wonderful. I literally laughed aloud, so much so that I had to stop reading it on the bus on my way to and from work.
Funny factual and self deprecating - the guy just oozes fun and despair at times but it' a great read. Although some of the content would land him in court if written today!!
Spike suffered for the rest of his life from the after-effects of his experiences, but his war books and his part in the Goon Show were the positive outcomes. If there are libraries for the fighting services, this book should certainly be on their shelves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
See my reviews on "Peace Work" and " Good Bye Soldier". God bless you Milligan, wherever you are!Published 5 months ago by S. Robinson
Very funny and very sad. The story of ww2 everybody knows along with simple things of life seen through the eyes ears nose of
Spike and hardships of losing comrades and... Read more
Brilliant, as usual. How did we win the war ? Laugh on and find out.Published 10 months ago by beau nydle
Well written excellent read. It brings home the deprivations of war with more than a touch of humour.Published 11 months ago by Keithwhi