Monday, June 5, 2017

Movie Monday: What to Get if Dad LOVES Monty Python! (book review)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Hal Leonard Publishing via Edelweiss for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


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Is dad a BIG Monty Python fan?

If so, then this new book, that unfortunately comes out AFTER Father's Day (I say, really????), might just be JUST the ticket for a fan who wants to revisit the screwball humor of the team!

Monty Python FAQ: cover

All That's Left to Know About Spam, Grails, Spam, Nudging, Bruces, and Spam

Synopsis:

(FAQ). Ni! Peng! Nee-wom! 

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, revered and august publisher of weighty tomes on all things histrionic, is proud to present Monty Python FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Spam, Grails, Spam, Nudging, Bruces, and Spam , the only 127% unauthorized guide to the greatest comedy troupe to ever feature Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, to what is doubtlessly an astute and discerning global audience! 

Written in Applause's popular FAQ format, this behemoth pack a broad range of historical trivia, trivial history, illicit paraphernalia, and sophomoric over education into a tastefully apportioned ranged of eminently readable, silly-walk-accessible chapters sure to delight Python newcomers and veterans alike. Rather than offering narrow analyses of the quintet's work, Monty Python FAQ ganders at the big picture, tracing the Pythons across space, time, and media format. This noble quest for meaning leaves no turn unstoned, from the Pythons' time immersed in the sketch comedy scene they grew out of to their boundary-breaking, undefinable, anarchic new style, from their comedic influences to biographical info on each of the individual Pythons (including an examination of their lives and work post-Python), from the book's front cover to its reverse, and from the beginning of this sentence to its mawkish and merciful end. 

Much like the troupe itself, the writers of Monty Python FAQ stuff their work with allusions to canonical literature and philosophy, but never forgot that sometimes it's just as funny to see somebody get slapped in the face with a fish. DUCK! 

Other selling points include: 
- 60% more fish-slapping than any other Monty Python book on or slightly underneath the market! 
-  No joke names, but plenty of bad Latin! 
- In-depth, cogent, and rapier-witted insights (not to mention naughty limericks and highly questionable assertions)! 
-  Not one, not two, but THREE authors: Chris Barsanti, Jeff Massey, Brian Cogan! 
- Candid commentary ... nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what we mean?

Review:

This book is truly aimed at the fan of the series, and is absolutely hysterical from start to finish! It is almost like having the troup break down their background, and history for you, in their unique comical way. The FAQ squad has gotten it PERFECTLY right! Although I've read books from Cleese and Palin, this book really gets behind the shows that brought all of the troup together, and how their different humor styles were formed. Add in a episode by episode break down of their shows and movies, and you have a truly unique look at some amazing comics, and their humor that has influenced more than one generation of comics! We really can't recommend it enough, as it's almost like being back when you first saw the boys for the first time and were awestruck by their humor!

Add a copy of  some of the Monty Python movies, or CDs with this book and you've got a great Father's Day gift for dad (even if the book comes out afterwards (time to slap in the face with a fish, whoever came up with that idea, LOL. DUCK! !)


About the Authors:


CHRIS BARSANTI is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and New York Film Critics Online. He has written on cultural ephemera for publications like PopMatters, Film Journal International, Playboy, Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Virginia Quarterly Review, Barnes & Noble Review, and The Millions. He is the author of several books, including Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to the Movies You Need to Know. He likes both cats and dogs and doesn't understand why they can't just work things out. 


BRIAN COGAN is an associate professor in the Department of Communications at Molloy College on Long Island, New York. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of numerous books, articles, and anthologies on popular culture, music, and the media. He is a co-author of Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____________* I Learned from Monty Python. He is not one to be trifled with. 



JEFF MASSEY is a professor of English language and literature at Molloy College, where he teaches courses on medieval literature, classical mythology, monstrosity, comedy, superheroes, and linguistics. He has published on Anglo-Saxon philology, Chaucerian desire, Victorian mimesis, and neo-medievalisms (not) found in Star Trek. Massey is a co-author of Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _________* I Learned from Monty Python. Massey enjoys coffee but has never read Proust.

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