Spike is back..and this book is every bit as funny as his war memoires. His humour shines through in every page, and with Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers making regular appearences, its nicely set up to provide you with a great read..just dont take it and buses, trains etc as your laughing may not go down too well with your fellow passengers. Read-enjoy!
Spike now finds himself demobbed and back in Blighty. What now? Britain is still recovering from the war and jobs are either scarce or poorly paid (not that Peter Sellers has noticed) and Spike suffers his share of these from some sparse digs in London. Still, that doesn't stop him having fun and wittily noting the absurd and the amusing people and events around him. He takes his talents on the road with the Reg Hall Trio (such a hit in Italy) and other acts visiting, among other places, Scotland, Ireland, Berlin. But he's still broke... until a friend enlists his aid to write for radio (there's a sample at the end).
Milligan's war memoirs were originally designed as a trilogy.Why didn't he keep to that structure? Vols 1to 3 are excellent,but the drop in quality becomes very noticeable with Vol.4 and here with Vol.7,it hits rock bottom.It's basically an extended diary,not very funny,and you get the feeling that Milligan was bored with the whole thing and just wanted to finish ASAP. Has some historical interest with a very early radio script at the end,but I can't praise it,much as I like Spike.On the other hand,it's so cheap here second-hand,buy it anyway and make your own mind up.
This is the last of Spike's 'war' memoirs (although the war is by now far behind, and he's coping with forging a career in post-war Britain).
For those who've read the six that came before, like myself, this is essential reading, but don't get your hopes *too* high. Like many who lived through it, the war brought the most vivid and dramatic events of Milligan's life and whilst the details of life as a young performer are interesting in themselves they don't contain the narrative highs and lows or the travelogue of the war period. Indeed, one is tempted to say that, were it not for the person who's writing it, there wouldn't be a great deal to recommend it, and certainly very little to make it stand out from hundreds of other showbiz memoirs.
...nobody with a soul could have read unmoved the account of Milligan's relationship with Toni, the ballerina attached to the same entertainment troupe as him through Italy, Austria and Germany immediately after the war. If, like me, you were wondering what happened to that beautiful story of young love in (apparently) idyllic surroundings, you won't be able to resist reading this volume to find out. Don't expect anything dramatic (we already knew they never married), but at least it ties off a few loose ends.
Having read his wartime exploits and conquests, I really wanted to find out if he met up again with his Italian ballerina. How Spike found so much comfort with the girls is a tribute to his undoubted charm.As funny as ever.
My husband has all the other books but not this one so I was very pleased to be able to get it for him. It is just what he wanted and in excellent condition and arrived well packaged and well worth the money.