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Skywriting by Word of Mouth : And Other Writings, Including "The Ballad of John and Yoko" Paperback – May 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060914448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060914448
  • ASIN: 0060914440
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA John Lennon was a paradox. Underneath the hard living celebrity persona lurked a totally different individual. His writings in Skywriting by Word of Mouth reflect the transition period during which he met Yoko Ono and realized that he wanted to leave the Beatles. He is honest about personal mistakes and his abuse of drugs. His writings are candid, witty, enlightened, and sarcastic. This book will eradicate previous perceptions since it erases the facade of John Lennon and shows his real soul. While language in certain passages may offend some readers, mature teens should benefit from Lennon's honest evaluation of his self image and his public image. Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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“John wrote Skywriting at a time when the world was wondering whatever happened to him. Why wasn’t he writing songs anymore? Well, this is what he was busy doing… I’m glad that I can now share these writings with you. I’m sure John would be, too.” (Yoko Ono (from the afterword))

“Had he never sung a note, John Lennon still might have made his mark - as a successor to Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, and other brilliantly playful molders and expanders of the English language.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Candid and scathing...A reflection of its author’s creativity and enduring appeal.” (People)

“Skywriting is a thrill… Lennon at his best.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“It is no wonder John Lennon’s fans grow more in love with him as time goes by...His great influence on popular music makes him impossible to forget, so does this book.” (Houston Chronicle)

“Marvelous, delightful reading and for John Lennon fans a must.” (Publishers Weekly)

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This is a glorious book - very witty and punny - often quite funny!
psignosis
This is by far one of the best works of writing that I have ever had the pleasure to read.
Joelle K. Levine
After you are finished reading it, you'll be completely cheered up, guaranteed!
N. Norton

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Norton on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book really leaves an impression. When I first started reading it, I at once knew that it was completely eclectic. Very different from any other written work. I'd love to review the story, but the plotline literally spirals into totally different ideas every chapter (more frequently than that, actually...). Skywriting is completely lovely, witty, hilarious, and charmingly sarcastic. Puns galore. After you are finished reading it, you'll be completely cheered up, guaranteed! (And I also recommend the drawings. They range from laughter-enducing to beautiful, and the "apple pie bed" one is by far the cutest drawing that I have ever seen of Mr. Lennon's...!)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By daniel moore on July 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Clever. This book is clever (which is little wonder because John Lennon can be criticized for many things but never for his lack of wit). If you are a fan of the great Mr. Lennon, This is a must read. I would venture to say that there are more puns in this book than in any other piece of literature. It truly helps one understand the man behind all the hype - in very much the same way as the John Lennon Anthology does (which, by the way, is priceless). It's a thing of beauty, and as funny and entertaining as they come.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By cccymusic@aol.com on November 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
Anyone who enjoys Edward Lear will love Lennon's book of nonsense. He masterfully crafts the English language to suit his desires and needs, giving the reader a non-sensical trip into his before-his-time mind. Filled with classic Lennon-isms, Skywriting is a must for any fan of John's. There is something new to be seen every time you pick it up!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
I love this book, his writings about him and Yoko, the Beatles breakup, Peace, his battle with the US government are very revealing.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
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Skywriting by word of mouth. A very interesting book filled with very unique passages of writings and prose. I have read of all of John Lennon's works, and this one stands out to me. Like his other writings (In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works), there is a style that incorporates wit, charm, humour, with a whole pile of puns: "He was very attached to his dog" takes a literal turn.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By psignosis on October 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a glorious book - very witty and punny - often quite funny! You will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Walker on April 10, 2011
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I am a major Lennon fan and naturally enjoy many of the stories and drawings in his collections from the mid-1960s. However, `Skywriting' seems a desperate attempt to get back into that quasi-literary frame of mind during a creativity dry-spell and not quite getting there. Even his cartoon sketches are few in number, and, well, sketchy and nowhere near as good as his 1960s efforts.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
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A scintillating collection of prose which proves Mr. Lennon's very unique and fascinating ability to play with words and the way we read them. Sharply witty, often exploring more abstract techniques of writing, "Skywriting by Word of Mouth" shows that writing is an art for everyone to enjoy and interpret for herself.
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