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Stalin Ate My Homework Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; First Edition 4th Impression edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919576
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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'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.

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This is not a showbiz bio. It is a memoir of a unique childhood presenting a first-hand close-up child's-eye view of the cold war and as such constitutes an important historical document. It's also (almost incidentally) very, very funny. It's also written in a transparently elegant prose style that every writer since Evelyn Waugh would do well to study. It also tells you more about the crucial flaws in Sten gun design, and the useless beauty of 1950s East European limousines than you could ever have believed you wanted to know. It's also a page turner. I read it in two lengthy sessions while the world around continued to fall into hideous disrepair. Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. Here's how.
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Another great read from Alexi. Very enjoyable and entertaining learning about his unconventional childhood. The way he describes his summer holiday to Czechoslovakia had me laughing out loud. A very honest account of his younger years which shaped the man he was to become. Lets hope its not too long until he gives us the next installment. More stories please.
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Growing up as the son of communist parents in the Liverpool of the 1950s and '60s, Alexei Sayle's childhood wasn't exactly conventional.

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.
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Alexei's memoir of his childhood and teenage days in Liverpool doesn't have the vitriol he was most known for in the 80s, but retains his surrealist-outsider stance - a collection of stories and anecdotes more than an autobiography, but still with laugh-aloud moments.

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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I thoroughly enjoyed the madcap world of the Sayles family, so surreal at times. However, knowing the Liverpool areas he mentioned, sometimes I disagreed with his descriptions of names and places, probably because I move/moved in a different world to Lexi. Something tells me he was not a popular figure but what a writer and storyteller. His other written work is so good too.
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If you like Lexi (as I do!) - you will like this. Heavy on the communist stuff, which is funny as hell. His mum sounds mental. What a guy, what a mad young life he had. He could never be called ordinary. Thank goodness for quirky people who exist like this.
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Being a scouser myself and an Alexi Sayle fan, I was not disappointed with this memoir. It's not your average obligatory autobiography that's churned out by celebs these days. Instead it has the famous alexi sayle humour and insight that he is loved for. Growing up in a socialist environment myself, I was able to resonate and laugh along and sympathise with him. A great read.
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It's all true. Alsop Grammar School, Queens Drive, Walton Hall Park, Rice Lane, Bootle Athletics Club. I walked the same routes. Not too sure about the analysis of Marxism though. Hence four stars.
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