Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

by Michael Palin
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Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin

The amazingly insightful, funny and brilliant record of Michael Palin's prime years as a member of the famed comedic group, Monty Python.

Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s. This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys---Jones and Gilliam---and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy.

But this is but only part of Palin's story. Here is his growing family, his home in a north London Victorian terrace, which grows as he buys the house next door and then a second at the bottom of the garden; here, too, is his solo effort---as an actor, in Three Men in a Boat, his writing endeavours (often in partnership with Terry Jones) that produces Ripping Yarns and even a pantomime.

Meanwhile Monty Python refuses to go away: the hugely successful movies that follow the TV (his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and the Life of Brian movies are page-turners), the at times extraordinary goings-on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent an American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on U.S. transmission, and much more---all this makes for funny and riveting reading.

The birth and childhood of his three children, his father's growing disability, learning to cope as a young man with celebrity, his friendship with George Harrison, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these diaries. A perceptive and funny chronicle, the diaries are a rich portrait of a fascinating period.

"A wealth of fascinating stuff about Monty Python."
---The Independent (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429918336
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Series: Michael Palin Diaries , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 489,035
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

MICHAEL PALIN is a comedian, novelist, actor, playwright, and founding member of Monty Python. He is the author of the novel Hemingway's Chair as well as several books on the history of Monty Python, including The Pythons, and numerous travel guides, including Brazil and Sahara. He also happens to be one of the funniest people on the planet. He lives in London, England.
MICHAEL PALIN is a comedian, novelist, actor, playwright, and founding member of Monty Python. He is the author of the novel Hemingway's Chair as well as several books on the history of Monty Python, including The Pythons, and numerous travel guides, including Brazil and Sahara.  He also happens to be one of the funniest people on the planet.  He lives in London, England.

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Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts absolutely laugh-out-loud funny. The perfect book for anyone who likes Monty Python. Reading this made me love the sweet-faced Michael Palin even more. The perfect mix of family, life, and Python issues that make his diary so easy to read. Although it is long, it does not get boring. His description of filming Holy Grail is especially entertaining. Excellent choice!
TheAgencyReview More than 1 year ago
What commands your attention? Is it the news, is it me, is it this review? Is it your life? Is it the thousand tiny nuances that connect one day to the next, the accumulation of which will be all that you’re left with when you try to explain to yourself who you really were? For although we are inundated with innumerable devices to monitor and annotate every moment of our lives, and that we do so with a religious zeal that would impress Torquemada, are we really paying attention? Are we thinking about these seconds as they slip by or are we simply timestamping them with the monotony of a worker on an assembly line? Are we giving any thought to them as they happen, thought that will help us make sense of them as they are happening? Or are we just responding with a lizard brain reflex of fight or flight to every stimulus that pokes its boney digital finger at us? Are we leaving a record of thought that gives us something to return to, days, weeks, months, years, decades hence – not for the self-destructive thrill of vilifying the foolish false steps and naïve hopes of our younger selves, but instead to uncover insight into that person who became the person we are now? For the simple cataloguing of our actions is not enough, will not be enough when we return in our dotage to swipe through our tweets and our snaps and our posts to make sense of any of what we endured. That’s what one realizes upon finishing the first volume of Michael Palin’s published diaries. Covering what he calls “the Python years” they relate (to read the rest of this review, please visit http://the-agency-review.com/diaries-the-python-years)
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