Book Reviews From the Vault: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, A Sortabiography

There were a multitude of reasons why I started reviewing books and sharing them with others. One of them was this particular author Eric Idle. He has a reader’s blog on his website, and he would promote it on Twitter. I thought that this was so interesting that I wanted to do it myself. So thank you Eric! Now please enjoy my review of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, A Sortabiography! ( I did my best not to let my inner fangirl takeover, really I did!)

For nearly six months, I anxiously waited for Eric Idle’s new book Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, A Sortabiography as I am a huge Monty Python fan. When it got to my door in October, I picked it up and started reading it immediately. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely! I completed the book in three days! Well, there are other reasons as to why I enjoyed it, in which I will explain here.

The book made me laugh and nearly cry as Idle tells his story and how he managed to persevere by always looking the bright side of life. He uses his cheeky wit to tell various stories about his childhood in an austere orphanage/boarding school; rise to fame as a member of Monty Python; friendships with various celebrities like George Harrison and Robin Williams (Warning: expect a lot of name dropping!); and personal life, especially how he met his second and current wife – former model Tania Kosevich. It is with the latter two that I was nearly brought to tears because of how sincere and kind he is to the people he is/was closest with.

If there was one thing to complain about, it would have to be that I wish he would have talked more about the origins of the sketches he wrote for Monty Python even though he did reveal the origins to the “Nudge, Nudge” sketch. However, this is not a big deal because this book is about HIS LIFE, not his skits although they do intertwine at times. Besides, I can either read about them in one of the many books about Monty Python along with this title or ask him on Twitter; he is really good with responding back.

Overall, I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I would recommend it to all Monty Python fans as well as to anyone looking for a humorous book to read! And yes, it will make you hum and whistle “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”!

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Published by emilyblakowski

I work at two public libraries in southeast Michigan, and I facilitate a book club for one of them. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in History and Theatre from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI; a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration also from Wayne. In my downtime, I love hanging out with friends, listening to music (like classic rock and K-pop), and watching shows like "Monty Python's Flying Circus"!

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