: Puckoon (): Spike Milligan: Books. 4 Apr Based on the best-selling novel by Irish comedian Spike Milligan, Puckoon is a political satire about a town cut in half by the partitioning of. 25 Jan Puckoon is Spike Milligan’s classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in ‘Pops with the erratic brilliance of a.

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But then, he had great profile as a Goon.

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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.

Without him and the Goons I doubt we would’ve ever seen Monty Python. So, even though it is a short book, by the end I’d largely lost sight, and worse, interest, of what was going on. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Want to Read saving…. The protagonist of the novel is the feckless Dan Milligan, a man so lazy that the author is pcukoon to pukoon direct action to prevent him spending the entire novel lounging about at home; thus alerted to his status as a fictional character, Dan frequently breaks the fourth wallspeaking directly to the writer about the trouble he has been made to endure.

Daragh O’Malley as Father Rudden. Mostly he has straddled it which does sound painful. Things you could get away with in the s are verboten now. I doff my cap to you sir.


I read the first two chapters and was rendered almost breathless with laughter; the sheer lunacy of it, and the strange meta way in which characters break the fourth wall and talk to the author seemed so audacious, and it was unlike anything I’d read up to that point.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Puckoon is Spike Milligan’s classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was pucokon in For those who don’t know or who are AmericanMilligan is probably one of the great comic writers in the British language.

The Absurdity of Division: ‘Puckoon’ by Spike Milligan

Very good in a very good age toning along the spine dust jacket. Puckoon is a comic novel by Spike Milliganfirst published in Speaking just before the premiere of Puckoon at the Galway film fleadh earlier this month, he is pink-faced, effusive and exuberantly white-bearded, reeling off lines from writer-director Terence Ryan’s adaptation of Milligan’s satirical tale of the fictitious village of Puckoon which, one day during the partitioning of the country inis arbitrarily split between Northern and southern Ireland.

And there were some old pals involved. A very nice copy. It pucckoon confuses me even after watching the film twice but mainly because the film takes liberties with the text. Spike wrote other novels but none betters this.

Thanks for the comment, Chrisand you’re right – Spike’s humour is timeless. View or edit your browsing history.


See all 43 reviews. Read this as part of the March submission for Bowie Puckoon Club. Covers are lightly marked, scored and edge worn. I have lost count of how many times I have read it.

The simple fact is that no one comes out of this book smelling of roses, especially the Irish who are caricatured to within an inch of their lives; the Paddywhackery is laid on with a trowel. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. I have read this book seven times. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Also by Spike Milligan. Previous Making Something New: No wonder Prince Charles liked him. Jun 23, Kris McCracken rated it it was ok.

Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town luckoon Puckoon. Mabel Slattery Mabel Slattery tries very hard but probably needs to work more on her social skills All was silent, the room filled with suspicion. But we wanted to be true to the book, and we also remember what Spike said: Puckoon is a work of genius and a work of madness, about three-quarters genius to one-quarter madness.