Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Murphy

Spike Milligan was a comedy genius (see the Goons, etc). His war memoirs are some of the funniest, most moving books I've ever read. The last novel he wrote, "The Murphy", is a steaming pile of shite, though.

It's a collection of dodgy old jokes based around the Irish-are-thick stereotype. There's no plot to speak of, no coherence or structure to be found apart from the arbitrary slicing of the prose into chapters. It reads like a stream of consciousness experiment rather than a novel. It wouldn't be so bad if the jokes were funny, but they are not.

I guess even geniusseses have off days. Steer clear of this book, read the war memoirs instead.

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