- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: It Books (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060914440
- ISBN-13: 978-0060914448
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Skywriting by Word of Mouth : And Other Writings, Including "The Ballad of John and Yoko" Paperback – 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
But the book is a treasure because of the many "Lennonisms", such as:
"why did the chicken cross himself"
"always a bridesmaid, never a couplet"
"if you can manicure a cat, can you caticure a man?"
"Maurice finished his donut, tipped over the waitress and headed for the door."
"this is my story both humble and true
take is to pieces and mend it with glue"
There's so much more, if you love Lennon, you'll love this book.
Unlike his other writings, Skywriting is a culmination of many short stories with several resurfacing characters that can be understood, to a point. All-in-all, this is a book that is sure to provide amusement.
Have the 4/5-star reviewers here read John's earlier books? If so, how can they possibly not see the drop-off in quality? I doubt very much that John would have wanted this published at all. Had he not been murdered, I doubt his publisher would have been interested. The opening essay on the ballad of John and Yoko is of some interest, but it doesn't tell us much of anything that we haven't heard before. As for the stories: I tried and tried to get into this or that one but I just couldn't do it. The endless stream of consciousness free-associating and compulsive feeble punning just wore out my patience. It seemed embarrassingly obvious that he was writing with nothing to say, just to fill the pages. This might have served a therapeutic purpose at the time, when returning to Yoko seemingly killed off his muse, music-wise. Actually, the main purpose of his first two books, in retrospect, was to open up his songs to the kind of wordplay and imagery that infused the books. Result: `Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', `I am the Walrus', Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam', `Come Together' and even `(his contribution to) Get Back'. `Skywriting' perhaps served the purpose of staving off cabin fever at the Dakota and keeping the words flowing even as the well of inspiration dried up.
I'm quite happy with the songs he came up with for his 1980 recordings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Lennon was a wordsmith, whether lyrics or written word.
I've missed his wit for 35 years, and will forever.
I found the self-importance overbearing. At one point he denied that he and his wife did things for the sake of publicity and in the same paragraph he mentions that they maintained... Read morePublished 11 months ago by paco49
Third book of Lennon's prose is absolutely must have of every Beatles, or John's fanPublished 12 months ago by Bidzina
Lennon himself described what I am sure became this work - stuff he wrote during his hiatus from Rock and Roll that was there but "no quite right". Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Ralph Osgood
There is a small bit of regular autobiographical prose from Lennon that is readable and insightful about his views on life in general. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Bammer