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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A…
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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography (origineel 2018; editie 2019)

door Eric Idle (Auteur)

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"From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor"--
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Titel:Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
Auteurs:Eric Idle (Auteur)
Info:Crown (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography door Eric Idle (2018)

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Meh. And I'm a Monty Python fan (though, as previously admitted, Cleese has always been my favorite). To be fair, right at the outset Idle tells you you're going to get his side, and he'll leave out all the juicy stuff that might make him look bad, so deal with it. Then he gabbles on and on about who he had lunch with, who he got drunk with, and how he (and some other guys) wrote these sketches that were really, REALLY funny. And some of them were, of course... but they don't sound like it from his telling. The end. Well, I didn't get to the end, but through enough pages to know I wasn't going to. Disappointing. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Great fun for any Python fan. I listened to the audio, which was read by Idle himself, and hearing him do the voices from his own bits added tons to the enjoyment. Who cares if he glossed over some parts of his life's story or colored in other parts to make himself look better. If you take this book at face value, he spent his entire life surrounded by Beatles and Stones and Bowie and many other rock celebrities. He name drops so many people in here, that he actually makes a joke about how he name drops. Personally, I would have said he was my second or third favorite Python going into this book. Coming out of it, he's my first or second favorite. Not sure if that means anything, but the praise I can give this book is included in there somewhere. ( )
  invisiblelizard | May 8, 2021 |
Famous people hang out with other famous people? What a scoop! ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
A bio-by-numbers. The fun of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life comes from Eric Idle's cheery, showbizzy name-dropping. As he says at one point, you pick up this kind of celebrity memoir to read about people you have heard of, not their non-famous family and friends. Fair enough. And there are more than enough names dropped here to keep anyone with an interest in the pop culture of the '60s through to the early '90s very happy indeed. Hardcore fans of Python probably won't find much new here, but I liked getting a glimpse behind the scenes of how the TV show and the movies were put together.

But this is a relentlessly surface book. Idle hints at addiction, loss, the failure of his first marriage, but it's all quite hollow. There's little by way of self-reflection or analysis. His much vaunted iconoclasm and commitment to thumbing his nose at the establishment (refusing to let the V&A do a Python retrospective, for instance, because it seemed like it would be overly pious) sits jarringly alongside frequent warm mentions of the Prince of Wales and Prince Andrew. (Ugh.) Only when he talks about his friendship with George Harrison, and to a lesser extent with Robin Williams, do you really get a sense of Idle as someone who's capable of having relationships that are based on more than nudge-nudge-wink-wink and truly stupendous amounts of cocaine. ( )
  siriaeve | Jul 17, 2020 |
I wanted to like this, I really did, and I started off liking it.... but then it... just becomes more of the same and tails off. I'd say my rating would have started at **** then went to *** and ** and wavered between them before I sadly decide on **, maybe **.5 if GoodReads would allow it (like LibraryThing does).

The book is just the 'same'. It ticks off the boxes. Talk about a harsh upbringing. Talk about the beginning of fame. Name drop ad infinitum. Talk about how great the celebrity in question's life is. Discuss the sadness of getting old and watching friends die. Have zero introspection. Zero look at how life is like for Eric Idle. A few bits are dropped about being on/off the wagon, but there is no serious talk about it, and he makes it sound casual, like it was just a choice for a healthier living rather than due to actual addiction.

His chapter at the end about Robin Williams is probably the most touching, but sadly, even that... just feels more like "here's how things were with him, and how amazing he is" but not so much about how that impacted Idle. And then he blanket runs through the death of numerous others as though even death is a way to name-drop.

I started reading this a while back and enjoying it, and thinking about how great the life is, and how awesome it must be to be Eric Idle, then had to return the book to the library. And when I got it back out two months later.... I realized just how tedious the book actually is. There is never any real 'strife' to his life. No ups/downs/ups/downs. Its just up-plateau-up. Nothing more than that.

The fun parts are fun, but they just ring hollow because there is no backbone to it and no real reason other than knowing who he is that they should be fun. You get to read over and over again how glamorous it is being rich. All the while poor Eric makes it sound like he has it the roughest go ever. On top of this, you get to watch how his first marriage breaks down, because he just went around shagging every woman that smiled in his direction with zero regard for his wife and child at home. He does however admit, "maybe I should take some blame for this"... .... ..... maybe.

As much as I love Pythons and all the work and everything they've done, this is just sadly disappointing and makes you actually kind of dislike Eric Idle more because of it than anything else. ( )
  BenKline | Jul 1, 2020 |
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