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Dr. Fegg's Encyclopaedia of All World Knowledge Paperback – 1 Nov 1984

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (Nov. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413564304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413564306
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Warming. This book features manyof the less savoury aspects of human behaviour. But you have been warned. We believe that it is far better we should face reality, however terrible, than stick our heads, sand-like, into an ostrich. Thank you. (From the into)

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Brilliantly funny, and very, very clever - two of the funniest Python's got together many years ago to write one of the best 'keep it next to the loo' books ever.
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You love it because of what it is.
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By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2005
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The typical encyclopaedia is written without an authorial voice or angle. For example, you can read dozens of entries by the same contributor in Britannica, without discovering anything about his secret lover in Bolton or what he had for breakfast that morning. For followers of FR Leavis, this may be fine. But for many of us, this is not enough, and the eminent Dr Fegg's book fills a big gap in the market.
Dr Fegg's aim was not only to cover his expenses while on the run, but also to educate pre-adolescent children in the essentials of life, as well as proving that he had almost nothing to do with the Bournemouth Axe Murders.
Some people got the wrong idea. In its original 1974 version, it was called THE NASTY BOOK FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. But after many complaints about it being an inappropriate birthday present, and several inquests, and only two Old Bailey trials, the title was changed to the present name.
In the 31 years since its publication, I have tried to live my life according to Feggist principles, barely washing from week to week, and gradually whittling away the stock of relatives. The mandatory life sentences have been a bit of bummer, but you can't have everything. I wish I'd been able to put into practice Dr Fegg's advice about crossing the Andes by frog.
It was, of course, Dr Fegg who ended all chances of a Rutles reunion, and since the disappearance of Ron Nasty, Dr Fegg has had to lie very low indeed. Some say he is in South America. Others say the Himalayas. His only link now to the outside world is Mike Palin, who was only half-responsible for the Skegness Impaling. It is alleged that Mike goes to see him every now and then, under the guise of a new series for the BBC, in order to channel some of the proceeds from the enormously successful (in an in-between-Holy-Grail-and-Tomkinson sort of way) encyclopaedia.
I somehow doubt it. But I enjoyed this book tremendously.
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We were lucky enough to hear Michael Palin speak at the Belfast Festival this year, and he read several pieces from this book;to uproarious laughter from the (very large) audience, which is what prompted me, early the following morning, to search for it on Amazon.
It arrived a day or so later, and has a real flavour of Monty Python about it - it's mad, whacky, funny and gross in equal measure, and is a really good book to dip in and out of.
It appears to be written for a younger audience but I think almost anybody with a slightly quirky sense of humour will enjoy it.
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I read this book in 1977, at the age of 30, in its original form as "Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls". Like most of my generation, I had been addicted to Monty Python as a student. When I saw a copy for sale on Amazon.co.uk, I came over all nostalgic and had a copy delivered to my 12 year-old grandson. The boy didn't disappoint me - he thought it hilarious, and it's had the positive side-effect of getting him back into the habit of reading.
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Brilliant book, something I've wanted for a long time. Some pages are just so funny
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Funniest book in the world? Hmmmmmmm.
Probably not to everyone's taste and definitely childish and adolescent. So what - lots of gems an crammed full of inventive and refreshingly un-PC nuggets of joy. I may never have had the chance to pick the noses of dead Nazi war criminals, but if I had I would certainly have eaten it. Michael Hezeltine beware!
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Bought this as I could not find 'Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls' at a sensible price. This seems to have a very similar content as far as I can remember at a much lower price. If you are expecting the Encylopedia Britannica then you will be disappointed. This is much funnier.
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