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Nd it s also pretty interesting because Milligan was
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around as musician both when he was in the army and after the war had endedSure there are a few bits here and there that are kind of ncomfortable because if they weren t racist they were close to it Still he was a product of his times and I m not surprised to see that terms that we deem as racist today were in common sage amongst front line soldiers And for the most part This Is Offset By is offset by s humour which is honestly just delightful He s very playful and he ses a lot of little puns and plays on words that made me chuckleIt s also pretty cool that you don t necessarily need to read these war diaries through in order although I m sure that probably helps As for me I just picked them Oriori No Uta up as and when I saw them going spare in charity shops and that was good enough for me To be honest that s probably the best thing to do because I m not sure if I d go out of my way for themStill it was pretty good for what it was and I also appreciated the little drawings photos and other addons that helped to bring his adventures to life It was pretty cool The sixth volume takess through his demob process and his first footsteps after the war having a well of a time travelling with a travelling show to give shows across Europe whilst building a relationship with his girlfriend Toni This book picked p better pace again I felt with true Milligan wit and wisdom A book many could relate to show life hotel life travelling life tourism life family life and much our *Evident Within This Book Book * within this book Book in the series of Spike Milligan s wartime memoirs although strictly this book is about the immediate post war period Spike is on tour in Italy entertaining troops still stationed there and much of the book concerns this and his Italian girlfriend a ballerina on tour with them I found this book similar to the previous one. E continues to demoralize the troops from the stage despite frenzied protests from Eisenhower Churchill and Stalin Hastily discharged from the army in Austria he returnes to naughty Naples for an interval of connubial bliss on Capri with Balerina Mar. A slightly balanced book than some of the "previous war diaries It s the end of the war and Spike is touring Italy with his band "war diaries It s the end of the war and Spike is touring Italy with his band pursuing a budding romance The gag rate is just as nrelenting as before but there s of a tender side to it now with the love story Looking forward to the final book Spike leaves the army tours Europe with his new band and is in love It is an enjoyable book but doesn t ite have the gravity the edge or and is in love It is an enjoyable book but doesn t ite have the gravity the edge or the humor of the previous war diaries I can see life is changing After 5 Years In The Army With 5 years in the army with regiment being nder fire there is a whole different tone Maybe some of the dark humor is missing because it is an altogether different situation Still it was an enjoyable read and I expect I ll keep going on to the next one Following the end of the war Spike spends some time touring as part of The Bill Hall Trio playing jazz with an army entertainment nit During this time he falls in love with a dancer called Toni and this book covers their romance and the time Milligan spends with Toni while awaiting his return to EnglandI m pleased that Spike had this period in his life as he was clearly incredibly happy and he deserved it after the hard times he d experienced in the war see war memoirs 1 5 However an account of a man alternately playing the trumpet and trying to get his girlfriend into bed is obviously less interesting that the events of the Second World WarI m glad I read this but it s simply not as interesting or exciting as the earlier memoirs So What happened to Toni Maria Antoinetta Fontana she is in a hundred photos all over this book surely it wasn t goodbye Italy goodbye Toni and goodbye soldier This is the sixth and as far as I can tell final book in Milligan s war memoir series although I m not convinced that this one really counts because it takes place after the war has ended Still there s a ton of good stuff In Goodbye Soldier the central pool of artists now rechristened the combined services entertainment complete with Gunner Milligan now rechristened Lance Bambardier makes its way across Europe via romantic Rome and verneral Venice to Vienna where Spik. Ie less satisfying than the wartime memoirs Again the attitudes of the time sexism casual racism seem to grate you feel less sympathy for the man claiming to be head over heels in love but seemingly nable to keep his trousers on However I had to admire the honesty of the book he knows he doesn t always behave well and the historical detail of this immediate post war time is vividly described Not as funny as the previous volumes this one deals mainly with Spike s life and romance in Italy in 1946 ntil his return to England on this one deals mainly with Spike s life and romance in Italy in 1946 ntil his return to England on last page I can t wait to know if he keeps in touch with or marries Toni so I ll be reading the last volume Peace Work next to find out Milligan Memoirs no 6Enjoyable follow on from vol 5 Always fascinating interesting to see how Spike and others adapted even in the short period here following the end of WW2 a cynical optimism is apparent and peoples attitudes have changed significantly since vol 1 Next vol back in Britain This sixth volume in Spike Milligan s war memoirs doesn t really fit the description as it chronicles the period between the end of the war that s World War II for those not paying attention at the back of the classroom and Spike leaving the army and returning to the UKIt mostly deals with his love affair with a lady called Toni and has as much romance as it does laughs This probably reflects badly on me but I didn t enjoy this one ite as much as the previous volumes I think a lot of what I liked about the previous books was that they were an ordinary *Bloke S Experience Of The War An Without The War * s experience of the war an without the war well let s just say an ordinary bloke s experience of swanning around Italy with his girlfriend wasn t Second Son (Jack Reacher, uite as interestingThere were still a lot of laughs here though I nearly wet myself at one point which would have been very embarrassing as I was painting the iron railings at the front of my house at the tim. Ia Antoinette Fontana 'All except for Eva Maria who I was keeping in reserve' Finally farewell to Rome goodbye soldier and the prospect of return to dreary deptford where 'fortune overdraft income tax mortgages accounts solicitors house agents' await.