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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring, November 3, 2010
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This review is from: Skywriting by Word of Mouth : And Other Writings, Including "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (Paperback)
There is a small bit of regular autobiographical prose from Lennon that is readable and insightful about his views on life in general. But 90% of the book is Lennon's gobbly-gooky word play that for me at least gets very tedious and even annoying to the point where I just stop reading. It reminds me of James Joyce's changing punctuations in his writing and thereby 'changing' the perception of what you are reading. Lennon of course loves to constantly redirect the reader with his alternate spellings and word conjunctions but I'm not always sure there's much more meaning to it than there is meaning to walking through a house of mirrors. Sure things look different and warped but ultimately what's the point? Again I just find it more tedious than amusing or whatever it's supposed to be. I suppose being the clever one clever is what it is I guess.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2015 2:46:35 AM PDT
Wade Dizdar says:
I guess a good question of this posthumous book is, why did he write it? If The Beatles' work came from love for music and for the group, it excelled largely from this and their imaginations. John lost interest, though after a few years, while always "searching" as he's told us. Never having enjoyed the sought-after "family life", when he finally attained it, one would think that became his interest and his goal. To belabor this idea, I would surmise, long having pondered the "weakness" of this writing, that it was imagination in a workbook, put to the service of rearing a family rather than making Beatle- or solo-art. or a book!!
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