Stairlift to Heaven Paperback – 3 Jan 2012
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I started reading this book, got to the part about marilyn monroe and nearly wet myself laughing. Got some very strange looks from my wife and was told that my kindle would be taken from me if i didnt stop chuckling.
I ended up having to put the book down because my sides were hurting so much.
A great book to make you forget all your woes and start planning that junk mail assault.
P.S does anyone want to sponser me for the 2012 paralympics zimmer frame throwing event.
Its not a book for the PC by any means and I can see that a lot of people might take offence at some of what he writes, and sometimes he can be very cruel, but the warnings are there! Maybe its a hang over from the days of scriptwriting in the 70s, when comedy shows were very unpolitically correct, but what seemed funny then, just doesn't now. Some of the stories seem a bit far fetched so I think Terry may have been a bit more "fictional" here than he would like people to believe. FOr instance, I can't imagine a man of 68 jumping over a 14 foot canal without doing himself a serious injury!
My favourite book of his, so far, is I'm in Heaven which was a wonderful read and unfortunately this book just isn't a patch on that.
There are some very funny moments in the book, the trip to the Charity Shops in York made me smile, but I found that as the book went on the stories became more and more outlandish and unbelievable (the swimming lessons ones, the zimmer frame olympics to name just two) and Ravenscroft comes across, to me, as a bitter and grumpy old man. At numerous points throughout the book he criticises well-known British `personalities', seemingly for the sake of it. Peter Kay, Tom Jones, Parkinson, Jonathan Ross and Cliff Richard are slated by Ravenscroft, but no real reason for it is provided, other than that they are more famous than he is (Ravenscroft was a script writer for the likes of Les Dawson and is keen to point out when more contemporary comedians recycle his work - although we only have his word on this).
The book is very un-PC, evidenced through his descriptions of `The Poles' (and his subsequent (alleged) patronising parodies of them at the expense of a rail conductor), his fellow learner swimmers, his abused of an already ill-treated dog and his description of Manchester as `a city of dark satanic gay bars'.
I wanted to love this book. I wanted to find it funny. In the end I found it distasteful, disappointing and Ravesncroft immensely unlikable. There were whole sections I skipped through and I'm afraid that, for me, the odd gem that I did find wasn't worth the time I spent reading the rest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely delightful. Had me laughing out loud. Now for the next one. Comedy genius.Published 1 month ago by TSD
I laughed on virtually every page, mostly out loud because this book is absolutely hilarious. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you Terry.Published 2 months ago by U4ea708
Very funny - until the author started mocking disabled people. I found that unnecessary and distasteful.Published 2 months ago by Heather
This book needs a health warning - it is so funny, not laughed so much in ages, brought tears to my eyes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jill F. Jackson
I love this book and have bought several copies as presents for friends. It makes me laugh out loud every time I read it (x3 so far!). The next 2 in the series are great too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I find pensioners are both ecstatically happy and kind or are exceptionally grumpy and bad mannered; there seems to be no middle ground. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cylon Hindenburger II
Readers of a certain age (and younger) will absolutely love this book. It made me laugh out loud on a crowded aeroplane.Published 8 months ago by Sam12345