Stalin Ate My Homework Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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'A great memoir of a strange childhood. "Just let me read you this bit" funny.'(Frank Cottrell Boyce)
'Sayle shares with [Alan] Bennett the genius for making the mundane fascinating'(The Times )
'If the result is like his other books, it will have a moral centre, there'll be bleak bits - and it will be very funny indeed.' (Independent on Sunday)
'The brilliant satires on modern life of Alexei Sayle (the only comedian worth his salt as a novelist) are contemporary gems.'(Tim Lott, Independent)
'Being able to wrap up a big moral conundrum with the guise of a fizzing entertainment is a considerable gift...it is wonderfully entertaining and tells us a lot about what it is like to live in 21st century Britain.'(Jonathan Coe, Guardian on Overtaken)
'It's not like other comedians' memoirs. It's funny.'(Guardian)
'Sayle's book has charm and substance, both as memoir and history.' (TLS 2010-11-19)
'this enormously clever comedian is already an established novelist and his childhood was as strange and fascinating as any fiction' (The Times 2010-11-27)
'It's not like other comedians' memoirs. It's funny.' Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
While the beat boom may have passed him by he did go on plenty of trips to eastern Europe, visiting locomotive works and the sites of Nazi atrocities. No wonder he became a comedian.
The book is written in a friendly, entertaining style, with plenty of amusing moments and sharp observations along the way. The ending seems rather sudden, but then there is a sequel.
The only criticism I have of this book is its ending - the last anecdote finishes, then the book ends, with no epilogue, postscript or sense of what happens next. It's as if a second volume will follow soon and nobody wanted to spoil the surprises that'll be in that book.
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Very amusing stuff, Sayle describes growing up in a far-left family both with affection but also with the kind of self-awareness that his family seemed to lack. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
very interesting as his was most definitely not a typical upbringing but doesn't have the bite that his stand up does so a good read but not outstandingPublished 9 days ago by Jeanie Jovanova
An evening with Alexi, very good read I enjoyed every minuet of it.Published 1 month ago by Baronbill
Hilarious in parts and good read especially if you are of the left and have experience of left groupsPublished 1 month ago by Trevor Hopper
Great snapshot of the times from an unusual perspective. Very perceptive and detailed account, Alexei has an amazing recollection of an adventurous childhood.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer