This category is kind of silly, because it makes the assumption that people don’t generally read or enjoy non-fiction. What I DON’T usually read are biographies (not for any particular reason, I am just not a huge fan). Most of the non-fiction books I read are collections of essays, but when it came down to it, I knew exactly which book I was going to choose for this category (although it was close, and this was the runner-up).
A Non-Fiction Book I
It’s no surprise that I’m a Python (Monty) fan to any of you, if you’ve read the blog for any period of time at all, you’ll know that.
I wasn’t even sure what I was expecting from this book when I started reading it, all I really knew was that my husband had purchased it for me and brought it home because he thought I would enjoy it.
It’s exactly what the title claims it is, Eric Idle’s diary from the 2003 Greedy Bastard tour. It’s not about the other Python members, it’s his daily diary entries during the fall of that year.
Mixed in with the expected silliness are some truly touching stories as he reminisces during his daily letters to himself (and us). I had to put the book down and walk away for a bit as he remembered his friendship with the late George Harrison on the anniversary of his death.
Few people can manage to discuss friendship with such clarity, to be able to impart what that friendship meant to them to their readers, and I had no idea something like this could come from one of my favourite funny men.
Parts of it made me uncomfortable (he’s kind of a lech, really), but for the most part it was a highly satisfactory read.
Even if you don’t read the whole thing, take a look at what he has to say about my favourite Beatle and try to walk away without a lump in your throat.
I dare you.