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Lennon's third book of stories and art
on 24 July 2016
This is John Lennon's third book of short stories and artwork, following on from 'In His Own Write' (1964) and 'A Spaniard In The Works' (1965), and as with these earlier publications it presents a series of nonsensical and surreal short tales and poems, together with lots of simple and comical line drawings. Lennon makes use of puns, disconnected ideas, purposeful (and creative) misspellings, word associations, and absurd illustrations - presenting a distinct prose that is imaginative, humorous, thoughtful and challenging.
"Skywriting by Word of Mouth" was written during Lennon's 'retirement' (during the latter 1970's), and wasn't published until 1986. It's a little over 200 pages in length, and in addition to the various stories it offers an autobiographical sketch - "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (which explores aspects of Lennon's life, his family, and the break-up of the Beatles). The material was stolen from Ono's apartment in 1982, but was fortunately returned to her - and she immediately had it published.
This is a fun, humorous and clever book. As a Lennon fan, I found it a very interesting read - and I highly recommend it.