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An outrageous and irreverent biography of the most famous Monty Python member who has most recently given masterly performances in films like Life of Brian, Clockwise, and A Fish Called Wanda. A must-buy.--Washington Times. Photos.


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An outrageous and irreverent biography of the most famous Monty Python member who has most recently given masterly performances in films like Life of Brian, Clockwise, and A Fish Called Wanda. A must-buy.--Washington Times. Photos.

30 review for Cleese Encounters: The Unauthorized Biography of Monty Python Veteran John Cleese

  1. 4 out of 5

    GLF

    I first read this book over 20 years ago. It's interesting how many of the details I remembered with this re-reading of the book. Generally the tone of the book is cut and dry, although there are a few amusing moments in it. The book gives a good background into John Cleese, tracing his early family life and schooling. The most enjoyable parts for me were the chapters on "Fawlty Towers" and "A Fish Named Wanda". It's hard to believe that anyone could (co)write one of the best comedy TV series whi I first read this book over 20 years ago. It's interesting how many of the details I remembered with this re-reading of the book. Generally the tone of the book is cut and dry, although there are a few amusing moments in it. The book gives a good background into John Cleese, tracing his early family life and schooling. The most enjoyable parts for me were the chapters on "Fawlty Towers" and "A Fish Named Wanda". It's hard to believe that anyone could (co)write one of the best comedy TV series while going through a divorce. But then again, this is John Cleese - a very complex person. Worth reading even though it is "unauthorised" by Cleese.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Have read before, a enjoyable read, very recommendable

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Wictor

    A surprising portrait of the Monty Python star. As always seems to be the case, the funniest entertainers aren't very funny in person. A terrific object lesson for why we must always separate the artist from the art. Cleese isn't all that fun to be around. He takes himself very seriously. It leaves you wondering why this man went into comedy. A great read. A surprising portrait of the Monty Python star. As always seems to be the case, the funniest entertainers aren't very funny in person. A terrific object lesson for why we must always separate the artist from the art. Cleese isn't all that fun to be around. He takes himself very seriously. It leaves you wondering why this man went into comedy. A great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    There is much more to John Cleese than anything we've seen on screen or in print. This was a detailed account, with sometimes too much detail from particular movies, and not enough personal statements from Mr. Cleese. Or perhaps I just kept expecting to laugh and be amused. I still don't feel like I know him as well as I thought I would after 333 pages. There is much more to John Cleese than anything we've seen on screen or in print. This was a detailed account, with sometimes too much detail from particular movies, and not enough personal statements from Mr. Cleese. Or perhaps I just kept expecting to laugh and be amused. I still don't feel like I know him as well as I thought I would after 333 pages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Starlight

    I came away thinking how boring John Cleese is life when this should not of been the case. There was no depth to this biography. The book highlights John Cleese suffers from depression and I felt this deep sadness reading this book

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    I have a feeling that an in-depth biography of Cleese would be a far more voluminous affair, but this is still a nice portrait and skillfully written.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Duncan

    An interesting insight into the man behind the legend - learning & knowing how well Cleese can write a brilliant script, looking foward to John writing a complete one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    The book through which I discovered that I had been pronouncing Cleese incorrectly all along.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Perhaps not "great literature" but a good book, kept my interest, and I would read something else by this author. Perhaps not "great literature" but a good book, kept my interest, and I would read something else by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This was a slog. An interesting character presented in a uninteresting way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe Faust

    Mediocre biography. Should’ve gotten Cleese’s permission.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lach

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

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    Morgan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Martin Lindsay

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary Desrosiers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Gerard

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Newman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Martin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryon Keith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Tomlinson

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Barr

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Williams-Villanueva

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helena Donaldson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

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