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Puckoon by Spike Milligan

Puckoon (1963)

by Spike Milligan

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  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
Inspired silliness permeates this farcical novel. The story, which improbably enough, centers on the ongoing battle between the British and the IRA is really nothing more than a hook from which to hang a series of unlikely comedy sketches, sometimes surrealist in their lack of logic. Very funny indeed, it holds up remarkably well. American readers will undoubtedly miss some jokes to do cultural differences and lack of the historical background. ( )
  sjnorquist | Sep 28, 2016 |
Spike at his anarchic best.
Painfully funny.

Towards the beginning of the book the Dan Milligan character is walking down a road when he stops to consider his legs. He interrupts the narrative and demands to know who wrote his legs.
Spike is compelled to confess it was him.
Dan then complains bitterly about the scrawny legs he's been stuck with all his life and an argument ensues - one voice coming out of the book and one going in.

It's the literary theory debate about the author/character/reader dynamic but much, much funnier.

Sheer genius. ( )
1 vote PhilJackson | Jun 2, 2013 |
This is a funny but odd short novel, and a hard one to describe. It is, loosely, about an Irishman named Dan Milligan who lives in a small town called Puckoon, but really it's a bunch of silliness about the Irish. Most of it was funny, but some parts were so ridiculous that they weren't funny anymore. ( )
1 vote carlym | Dec 25, 2008 |
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Several and a half metric miles North East of Sligo, split by a cascading stream, her body on earth, her feet in water, dwells the microcephalic community of Puckoon.
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"Spike Milligan's first novel bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border" -- back cover.

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