A delightful collection of 'Milligan's' little gems, drawings, poems, etc...
|Title||:||The Little Pot Boiler|
|Number of Pages||:||96 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Little Pot Boiler Reviews
You know how you sometimes borrow a book from a friend and then just don't quite get around to returning it for a while? This is my personal record: borrowed in 1976, returned in 2009. Anyway, it's now with its rightful owner again. Unfortunately, having given it back, I no longer have it to hand when I want to quote some of the poems. From memory, here are the ones I liked best:My NoseMy nose, my nose lived dangerouslyIts courage was no stunt!Throughout the goriest battlesMy nose was out in front!But when the war was overAnd we'd defeated the HunSuddenly, for no reason at allMy nose began to run!The Trouser BirdHave you ever heardof the Trouser Bird?It lives on top of housesand it wears its nest like trousers.The second poem features a fine picture of the Trouser Bird, illustrating its unusual nesting habits.
"British." That was going to be the sum total of my review, but just in case you wouldn't understand that as a compliment, or why "British" only warranted 2 stars, here are a few more comments. It definitely is a product of its time, a '60s-era British humorfest of pre-Gilliam art-cut-up humor, puns, one-liners, observational sketches, and Spike Milligan being Spike Milligan. The occasional "shout outs" as the kids say to his fellow Goon Show members are likely the highlights of this little soupcon-of-a-book, as most of its humor, while thoroughly British, is not Milligan's best. It has a dollop of political humor, virtually all of which will be lost on an American audience, especially in the 21st century (and possibly even a young British audience of today) - imagine how little you'd laugh at hearing jokes about American senator shenanigans from the '50s, people you've never heard of, nor should you have. It's a mildly whimsical romp, but it's not terribly funny, even for Spike Milligan, but I'm more grateful he was given then freedom to do these little things than irritated at its sub-par-ness.
Yet another one from my youth. Reading it again, I can see how myself and my father could be thought of as really really annoying. Still, I've had Bump going through my mind all bloody week - and now you can too!Things that go 'Bump' in the night, Really shouldn't give one a fright.It's the holes in the earsthat let in the fear, that and the absence of light.
Not Milligan's best work, but bits are wonderful and the rest is good enough.
I would've appreciated this more if I had read it during that Just Discovering Monty Python and Humor Outside American TV Variety Shows and Newspaper Comic Strips phase we all go through.
R.'s just reminded me I read this book a long long time ago. I preferred Puckoon.
A slight thing but some lovely little bits of milligan