A Liars Autobiography: Volume VI Graham Chapman

ISBN: 9780417072005

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A Liars Autobiography: Volume VI  by  Graham Chapman

A Liars Autobiography: Volume VI by Graham Chapman
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One of the things that emerges from any history of Python--from, for instance, David Morgans Monty Python Speaks!--is how much of a slacker Chapman was in the Python group- how completely his writing relied upon Cleeses more disciplined input, howMoreOne of the things that emerges from any history of Python--from, for instance, David Morgans Monty Python Speaks!--is how much of a slacker Chapman was in the Python group- how completely his writing relied upon Cleeses more disciplined input, how late he was to every meeting, how lackadaisical was his approach to the practicalities of living.

His autobiography is perfectly candid about the slapdash side of his personality, but it also manages to convey his energy, his capacity for kindness and the unique, mad slant of his particular genius. He relates the events of his life--his ordinary childhood, his time as a medical student at Cambridge, his Python years, his drinking, his mountain-climbing-- through the unique prism of his looniness. Some of this is lies (Thinking of muons and quarks I invented the gluon or at least sub-atomic particles of adhesiveness I term fettons...), most of it is painfully and precisely true.

Chapman doesnt spare himself, or his fellow Pythons or anybody else. Its often very funny, although some of it is a bit too agonising to raise a chuckle.There is a lot of sex, with both men and women, described in detail, which sometimes interrupts the flow of the narrative.

After one vivid episode the narrator has to stop: This description had made me feel so ... uh ... uhm... ah ... excuse me ... But underneath the hedonism and the wackiness, the comic drawings and arch footnotes is a certain nihilism. What are we?, he asks at one point. We are tubes--hollow cylinders of flesh. What is our expectation from life?

Regular fulfilment of primitive functions at both ends, coupled with the thought that we must leave at least something behind us, very much in the same way that a dog pisses against a tree. Perhaps theres some bleak vision like that behind the work of many great comedians. --Adam Roberts



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