So Judith decided it was time to write the full story of her parents and her childhood. And here it is, a reference book on all things Lucy from: A is for Adoption (she is) to C is for Cleaning (they didn't) and for Counselling (you'll find out why she had a lot of it) to D is for Diets (she was put on one at eight) to H is for Heart Attack (her father's) to M is for Make Up (her father's) to N is for Nuts (there was a falling out over testicles) to R is for Review (to do with Nuts) to T is for Tanscendental Meditation (it didn't work) to X is for Xmas (when a lot of this started) and beyond...
In amongst the gags Judith explores the people her parents were and the impact of finding out - 25 - that she was adopted. We meet Judith's birth mother but learn that ultimately it was her very unusual parents who made her who she is today.
The Lucy Family Alphabet is funny and ruthlessly honest, but also a moving tribute to the lunatics who raised one of Australia's best-known comedians.
©2008 Judith Lucy; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
I enjoyed this immensely, I already liked Judith Lucy's style of comedy.There were many points of laughterHer parents reminded me of mine and I am adopted and can identify with her issues, so that may influence my appreciation for her dry humour.
Many of the anecdotes were funny and sad all at the same time, quite moving - poignant.
I have listened to Judith's stand up comedy. I already enjoyed her dry wit. Her delivery definitely adds to the book. I don't think it would be as good to read it as a printed book, unless you know Judith's style really well and can imagine her reading it.
I did listen to it for hours at a time because I enjoyed it, though it is broken up into so many short parts, and the stories are from various points in time, so it could be easily be listened to in short bursts
This book is like a big stand up show rather than a novel.There is a couple of stories per letter of the alphabet
Recommended for many reasons. Adoption, Family, Career and Strength - with let's not forget Comedy is delivered in this Audio Book.
If you are expecting a sidesplitting tale then look for another book, this is Judith's story and it is a pretty sad tale punctuated by some classic Lucy humor. I enjoyed it, but by about halfway through I got the picture that she had a crappy upbringing and only listened to the rest because there were a few bits of comedy in there. If it were not narrated by Judith it would have been garbage, such is the content.
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