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Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years | [Michael Palin]

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

In this first volume of his diaries, Michael Palin tells for the first time how Monty Python emerged and triumphed. Perceptive and funny, it chronicles not only his struggle to find a niche in the world of television comedy, but also the extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team.
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Michael Palin has kept a diary since being newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for David Frost, the Two Ronnies, etc). Monty Python was just around the corner. In this first volume of his diaries, he tells for the first time how Python emerged and triumphed. Perceptive and funny, it chronicles not only his struggle to find a niche in the world of television comedy, but also the extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Monty Python team.

©2006 Michael Palin; (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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    Oskar E. Boethius Lissheim Goteborg, Sweden 04-02-08
    Oskar E. Boethius Lissheim Goteborg, Sweden 04-02-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Silly is the word."

    Short, terse, but enjoyable odyssey through the life of Michael Palin; who just happened to be one of the core members of a silly group of brits which changed the course of comedy.
    Silly is the word. Palin's the name.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Dermot
    Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
    6/2/07
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    "This might seem ridiculous but..."

    An audiobook diary for me is strangely dissatisfying. Much as I love Michael Palin, this book I found rather dull. It tells the story of the rise and fall of Python - and with it the well being and mental state of the protagonists - but in diary format offers no particular insight or depth. A typical days entry is in truth fairly dull, as I suppose the life of a writer and performer must be.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    keighley, west yorkshire, United Kingdom
    6/17/10
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    "fascinating"

    I listened to halfway to hollywood first and immediately bought this as i wanted to know more about the early years of python. I'm old enough to have been around when Python was born although I can't recite the parrot sketch or any others. Palin is a great story telller it was fascinating to re live the 70's through his eyes knowing what we know now about his career and those of his fellow Python's

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Cleveland, United Kingdom
    8/21/09
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    "Surprisingly dull"

    Michael Palin is adorable, but does not spill any beans. These diaries are too safe and innocuous to be of interest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    enniskeane, Ireland
    7/7/13
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    "An Interesting read."

    I bought this book as Python fan and I wasn't disappointed. It gives great insights into the feelings of the group at the height of their success and all from the viewpoint of the quiet python. The fact that Michael Palin narrates himself only adds to the enjoyment.

    A must read for any Python fan. Not to be missed.

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  • P. Brayne
    Guildford
    4/7/13
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    "takes yer back!"

    I have spent several enjoyable afternoons laying on the conservatory sofa listening to Michael Pailin's selected readings from his diary. Whilst I was never a big Monty Python fan, I nonetheless very much enjoyed listening to Palin's recollections, read in his relaxed manner, recalling a very memorable era for all of us aged around 60. Have just downloaded the next installment and hope it is as good.

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