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1.0 out of 5 starsNothing like what i expected from Eddie
Reviewed in Canada on July 22, 2017
I was quite disappointed. The book is quite slow moving - and the footnotes on practically every page a bit distracting and frustrating. I like Eddie as a comedian and gives good interviews - was hoping for better... Sorry Eddie
5.0 out of 5 starsWelcome to the surreal world of Eddie Izzard
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2020
I have always liked Eddie Izzard; ever since the 1960s which is as far back as I can remember. They say if you can remember the 1960s you were not there. Well I was, and I can. Even though I was only four at the turn of the decade when the 1970s started, I can still remember them. Well some of them anyway. I didn't know who Eddie Izzard was back then but I am pretty sure that if I had known him I would have liked him a lot. I like the way he communicates with people and his openness and his strange stories. He makes you think and he makes you laugh. This is the book he has written about his life and I do believe, perhaps wrongly, that he has written this himself rather than had a chat with a ghost writer who has written it for him. He also wants to make sure that everyone is picking up what he is laying down and there are plenty of amusing notes (in very small print) at the bottom of the pages to explain, for example, to readers from America, what some of the terms mean that he uses that will not immediately make sense to them. This is the sort of man he is. Oh and he runs marathons too. Lots of them.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2019
It's great to learn a bit more about such a great comedian. When they are at the top of their game - which Eddie seems to have been forever - you can forget the difficult path to get there. As a runner I was almost more keen to understand his motivation to run so many back-to-back marathons. He's a tenacious comedian and runner. Oh, and the story telling is fantastic as you just apply a mental soundtrack of his lilting tones and it comes to life.
I'm a big fan of Eddie Izzard and have had the pleasure of meeting him. This book was just like Eddie talking, going off at a tangent as he frequently does, funny as he always is but I found it very touching too. He obviously misses his Mum hugely and is is also close to his father and brother which comes across in his writing. I found his writing honest and brave and it really lets you see a lot more of the person he is. If you're a fan too then you definitely need to read this.