Thursday, September 24, 2015

John Cleese

So, anyway by John Cleese is exactly what you'd expect from him if you've followed his career much. 

part biography, part rant, part media engaged, it's a great ride through the life and career so far of one of my favorite people. Plus, there are some pictures of John as a child which is interesting! It's a fairly long volume, compared to a lot of celebrity biographies, which is perhaps to be expected from someone who was about to graduate from Cambridge, then decided to ditch it and has had an illustrious career in film and television spanning decades. 

While it is a fantastic, fairly serious biography of John Cleese, don't expect it to be written in the same vein as Monty Python or you will be disappointed! For me, I grew up watching Python and Fawlty Towers, and have always been fascinated by the crew and reading this book just gave me more insight into the sheer madness that is John Cleese; so much so, that reviewing his childhood, you feel sorry for him. It's like something we were discussing with my son this week. That sometimes those who try to make others laugh the hardest are often the ones with the most pain behind their smiles. They project what they want others to see instead of how they really feel to deny their pain and I think this is true for John Cleese as well. 

I'd still recommend this book if you are a fan of John Cleese and simply wish to know more about the madness behind the genius. (And I dare you not to picture him doing the Silly Walk!)


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