Thursday, January 11, 2007

My Part In His Downfall

Thanks to a newly (back in March last year!) discovered website, I came across this little item for Spike Milligan's War Diaries, which caused me to promptly log onto trade me to do a search.

The only book on trade me happened to be the first in the series; Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall. Cool. I'll buy it.

And I did.

Trouble is, when it arrived I realised that it was about his training and not the actual war.

What rubbish I thought, ripped off.

And so it collected dust, until Christmas when I had misplaced Christmas In Stalingard. I picked up Spike's book and started reading. What a laugh. It has to be one of the funniest books I've read.

So I set out to see what other books in the series I could pick up on trade me. Nothing.

Nothing until last week when there was a book called Milligan's War - The Selected War Memoirs Of Spike Milligan.

Selected huh? Well after some research I made an educated guess that it would contain condensed versions of all six of his books. Condensed would do me fine.

I used the buy now feature, and today the book arrived. 425 pages of irreverent humour and insights into the war.

Of course, Stu and Aaron might say that you gotta read the full versions, but me, with my limited reading time, I'm always happy with condensed.

1 comment:

Stu said...

Spike's first is his best, fully of whimsy and excitement about heading out for war. The later diaries, being as they involve actual war, tend to get a lot darker with some quite terrible happenings being witnessed my Gunner Milligan.

But even so they're a great read. I can lend you most of the UNcondensed books from my shelves. In fact I feel you should as reading the CONdensed version of anything is tantamount to a crime.


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