Tag: Idiosyncratic

Robert Webb – How Not to be a Boy | Review

Title: How Not to be a Boy

Author: Robert Webb

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 330

Rating: 3.75/5

I was surprised by this one because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was expecting. I’d heard a lot of really good stuff going into this, but I had a few issues with it. Perhaps that’s not surprising because I’ve always had a strange relationship with him. When I first saw him in Peep Show, I didn’t like him much, but I’ve since come around to have a healthy respect for him, although I prefer David Mitchell.

I think the main thing that hampered my enjoyment here was Webb’s writing style, which is pretty idiosyncratic. Because of that, I think that you’ll either love the way that he writes or it’ll kind of grate on you, which is what happened with me. Still, that was just a minor thing and a matter of personal preference, and not enough for me to recommend against it.

That’s because it is actually a decent little memoir, particularly because of the way that it asks a lot of questions and goes out of its way to confront some of the ways in which our society has inherent biases about the two sexes. I guess you could say it’s pretty woke, and it knows it’s pretty woke, and in many ways that’s the point of it.

So while I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as I expected to when I was going into it, I still can’t really complain. It was pretty good at doing what it set out to do, and there was also plenty of food for thought too. It’s also pretty dark, at times surprisingly so. Robert Webb has been through a lot and so it’s kind of awesome to see that he came out the other side and was able to turn it into something positive. So there’s that, I guess.

Learn more about How Not to be a Boy.

 


Spike Milligan – Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall | Review

Title: Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

Author: Spike Milligan

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 144

Rating: 8/10

 

Spike Milligan - Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

Spike Milligan – Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

 

This book is the first of three books in Milligan’s war diaries series, and it offers a fascinating glimpse into life on the home front during the Second World War. Milligan writers in an idiosyncratic stream of consciousness style which people have dubbed ‘Milliganese‘ due to its uniqueness, and whilst it can sometimes be difficult to understand what’s happening if you’re not paying full attention, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Here, we just deal with Milligan’s experiences in England, but he does make it to mainland Europe in later books in the series. I picked the next book up from the book exchange at our local arts centre; I can’t wait to get started!

 

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

 

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