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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography | Eric Idle
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DrexEdit
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Pickpick

Finished reading this one recently. I love just about anything Python so I found this delightful.

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JTRobertson
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I've been on a biography/autobiography kick for a while, and this was one of my lighter choices. This was a quick, fun read. I enjoy the Pythons, but had never read anything about how they got started.

His long friendship with George Harrison was particularly interesting. You can tell Idle just wanted to write a "light" memoir, without mud-slinging or rehashing the bad. He sticks mostly to the bright side of his life, appropriately enough.

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thebacklistbook
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I never got into Monty Python. I mainly know Eric Idle as the narrator from Ella Enchanted. It was fascinating to hear about his life and his work with John Cleese and the rest of them.

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Pedrocamacho
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I love Monty Python so I was excited to read Eric Idle‘s take. Lots of funny stories and celebrity gossip, but at its core it‘s just a chronology.

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chrisb13
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America used to be about the pursuit of happiness, but they seem to have exchanged that for the pursuit of money, fame, and Twitter followers.

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chrisb13
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The miracle of Brian is that it got made at all, which was entirely due to the generosity of George Harrison. Asked why he mortgaged his Henley home to pay for the entire $4.5 million budget of Monty Python‘s Life of Brian, he said, “Because I wanted to see the movie.” It‘s still the most anyone has ever paid for a cinema ticket.

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chrisb13
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Perhaps everyone should be crucified for a few days, because it does give you a good perspective on life.

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Indexasaurus
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The quiet office I work in is probably not the place to listen to this, as naturally, it‘s hilarious.

Indexasaurus I love when he chuckles at his own anecdotes, lol 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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1. Tagged + The Dressmaker & I was Anastasia
2. 😂
3. 😂🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Sharpeipup
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When insomnia strikes after a middle of the night call, might as well look on the bright side of life...and read.

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rabbitprincess
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I enjoyed this memoir, particularly the photos, the stories of his friendships with George Harrison and Robin Williams, and the glimpses into screenwriting, playwriting and composing (namely the composition of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life").

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Addison_Reads
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I'm catching up on reviews for the books I finished at the end of March, so I will have several posts tonight.

Monty Python is amazing, but unfortunately, this book isn't. 😕 Listening to Eric Idle read to me was probably my favorite part. The book was like one long name dropping, party story with occasional funny bits about the guys in Monty Python. I might have liked it better too if it had been a bit shorter.

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sk888888
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Solid 4.5 stars. Listened to the audiobook, read by the author. Yeah, plenty of name dropping, but it was all good, as far as I am concerned.

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thebacklistbook

I have this on audio book and it is really good so far. Eric narrates it himself. Well, of course he does it could hardly have been anyone else. I'm about 30% through it by now. I'm also being considered for a shortlist with a museum at the moment.

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GripLitGrl
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TrishB
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#alwayslookonthebrightsideoflife
#musicalnewyear
One of hubby‘s Christmas books. He‘s an obsessive Python fan, me, no thanks 🤷‍♀️

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘ve got this #TBL on audio! 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s not my type of humor either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I usually just do a lot of eyerolling!! (edited) 10mo
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RamsFan1963 I enjoyed this, but it's definitely for Python fans more than the casual autobio reader 10mo
TrishB @RamsFan1963 I‘m definitely not tempted! 10mo
RamsFan1963 @TrishB I have a great interest in comedy, what makes something funny and why people choose making people laugh as a career. I've read several autobios and bios of comedians. This isn't the best but still pretty funny. 10mo
vivastory I'm a big Monty Python fan 10mo
TrishB @vivastory there are a lot of them! 10mo
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EadieB
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Day26 - #alwayslookonthebrightsideoflife #musicalnewyear

Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say.
Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle!
And this'll help things turn out for the best
And
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life

LiterRohde Blessed are the cheese makers. 10mo
wanderinglynn It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them. 10mo
vivastory Now I want to watch Monty Python 10mo
Lisaw13 This is my phone's ring tone 😂 10mo
Cinfhen That‘s brilliant @Lisaw13 🙌🏻 10mo
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LittleWonder
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Snuggling with the pup for a bit and diving into “something completely different!”

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Andrea313
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It's actually a pretty #sunnysunday around here, and I'm spending mine with an #audiobook. #currentlylistening #montypython #aNewChapter

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RamsFan1963
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Honestly, I prefer biographies to autobiographies, much less fake humility and dreaded humblebrags. That said, it's hard not to enjoy this book, despite Idle's incessant name dropping. He's extremely witty and charming, the kind of person you'd like to meet at a party because he would keep you entertained with stories, funny songs and just a joy of life. 3 💥💥💥 1/2 out of 5.

Kaye NF 🌟. I‘m giving gold stars to the NF books I see since I‘d like to see more of them. 😁 11mo
Lauram What a great review! I‘m adding this to my tbr stack. I‘m with @Kaye about NF. I just haven‘t been crazy about fiction lately. 11mo
RamsFan1963 As I've gotten older, I've started reading more non-fiction than fiction. I still enjoy the escape of a good adventure, but it takes more to arouse my interest. When I first started reading, I devoured everything that came my way, now with less time to read because of work and life, I've had to become much pickier with my choices. 11mo
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Dogearedcopy
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I adore Monty Python‘s absurdist sense of humor (Yes, more than Black Adder, more than Terry Pratchet, more than Douglas Adams...) and, yes, I went through that phase where I could recite virtually every line of every skit, and yes, I adore the movies, so this was especially appreciated!

“Thank you very much!
Thank you very much!
Thank you very, very, very, very much!”
(John Cleese, Time Bandits)

#LGPOG #SecretSanta

Andrew65 Come on let‘s admit it, Who was singing the song in their heads. 🙋🏻‍♂️ 12mo
Dogearedcopy @Andrew65 🙋🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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Mehso-so

I wasn't enamored early in the book, when Idle was talking about his cheating and general misbehavior. Then he started name-dropping, and it got a little more interesting. His close friends included George Harrison, David Bowie, Steve Martin, and more. Idle speaks with genuine affection about his friends and their adventures together. He also had some similar experiences and likes as my (also British) dad, which made the reading familiar to me.

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CoffeeK8
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Another glorious day for an #audiowalk

Lynnsoprano Beautiful! I really miss autumn colors. One of the few disadvantages of living in South Florida. 13mo
kspenmoll Wow! You captured a canopy of brilliant color! 13mo
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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

Between listening to this audiobook, getting support from my Litten friends, and seeing a Teddy Roosevelt re-creator last night with his Can-Do attitude, I'm feeling much better today!

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 My other preorder that came today from Waterstones is Eric Idles memoir about his days in Monty Python & his career since. I love Python, when I was a kid in the 70s, my brother had their records & would play them all the time. The “Parrot Sketch” is still one of my all time fave skits. And their movies! Life Of Brian, Holy Grail, Meaning Of Life🙌 So many lines “I‘ll thump him if he calls me big nose again” “Tis but a flesh wound”🤣

kamoorephoto He was here in #Seattle last night but the tickets for his signing sold out!! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s good! I loved it! Enjoy! 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Hope this isn‘t verboten to post a quote from an ARC, but this was too good to pass up!
KnowWhatIMean, wink-wink, nudge-nudge! 😂😉

thevictoriousone That‘s hilarious. Of course Michael Palin is the nice one. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @thevictoriousone Right?! 😂 the book made me laugh so many times 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Approved for ARC! SPLEE!!! (I know you‘re already whistling the song in your head 😗)

Zelma Yup, I sure am. 😆 1y
Lcsmcat Total ear worm! 1y
BibliOphelia Thanks for that! 😂🤣 Looking forward to hearing about the book. 1y
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TrishB Have ordered a signed one of these for hubby 👍🏻 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @zelma @Lcsmcat @BibliOphelia Ha! You‘re welcome! 🎶 ☀️ 😉 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @TrishB Oooo!! That‘s NICE! 👌 1y
Lizpixie Have also preordered a signed copy. For me. Not my hubby. Keep your big paws off Bub.🙅🏻‍♀️ 1y
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