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Very surprised by the other reviews!
on 11 October 2010
Wow, I am really surprised to read the other reviews of this, as I really quite liked this book. However although I have read several books on Monty Python I haven't read any others on Graham Chapman himself, so maybe this is not as good compared to others. But from the point of view of this book, this is good!
It is the authorised biography of Graham Chapman, late of The Pythons and one of the best comedians in this country. I'm sure most people know who he is - started training to be a doctor, but gave it up to join Monty Python, and didn't look back. Also known for being an alcoholic and gay! This was an amusing book, and I felt that the author had done his research and wasn't just pulling stories out of the newspapers. I felt that it did mainly concentrate on Graham being gay and an alcoholic, but I suppose aside from comedy, that was the main parts of his life (unfortunately in the part of the alcoholism!). It showed that he was a generous, funny person, who just wanted to help others. It was interesting to read about his relationships with the rest of the Pythons, and how he came to be in the comedy business at all. I'd definitely recommend it if you're interested in Monty Python.