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Puckoon - Spike Milligan

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Published: 1st April 1983
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Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963.

In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon.

Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess..."

About the Author

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

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5.0

Brilliant.

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  • Broad Appeal
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Puckoon:

    If only Spike was alive and could write more, this is so funny, loses it a bit at the end,however, the rest makes up for it.

     
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    The perfect read to cure the doldrums

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        Comments about Puckoon:

        Milligan at his best - lots of funny stuff.

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        Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border Observer Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks Daily Mail Our first comic philosopher -- Eddie Izzard Milligan is the Great God to all of us -- John Cleese

        ISBN: 9780140023749
        ISBN-10: 0140023747
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 160
        Published: 1st April 1983
        Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 18.2 x 11.1  x 1.2
        Weight (kg): 0.1
        Edition Number: 1