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Monty Python's Flying Circus: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References by [Larsen, Darl]
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Monty Python enthusiasts will appreciate this companion to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Author Larsen has created a sort of concordance that provides glosses on all of the allusions and topical references that appear in the taped episodes as well as the stage directions and scene descriptions in the printed scripts. Arrangement is by episode, from 1 to 44; and terms, spoken phrases, or names for each episode are alphabetically arranged. Quotations appear in quote marks, while other kinds of terms are italicized. The abbreviation PSC (printed script commentary) identifies terms that come directly from the printed scripts. When relevant, Larsen provides the name of the sketch with which the terms is associated and the folder number from the BBC’s Written Archive Collection. The volume concludes with a bibliography, a general index, and an “Index of Monty Python’s Flying Circus Extras and Walk-Ons (As Scheduled).” Although casual fans will enjoy browsing through the book, it is really designed for well-versed readers. Except in the form of brief entries in each episode chapter (for example, the entry for Episode 13 in the “Episode 13” chapter), no background information or summaries are provided because, as explained in the introduction, “it’s assumed the reader has seen the episode in question.” The index also demands a certain level of knowledge, because it has no cross-references, so readers will need to know to look under “Dead Parrot” rather than parrot. A sketch index would have been useful, especially because not all sketches appear as entries in the index. For serious fans and comprehensive television collections. --Mary Ellen Quinn

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By assembling his massive guide to every TV episode of the seminal British cult favorite Monty Python's Flying Circus, Professor Darl Larsen gives casual admirers who only know the Pythons from the musical Spamalot or more famous sketches a much larger perspective....Blessed with an academic's attention to detail and a fan's enthusiasm for the troupe's comic achievements, Larsen hopes his comprehensive study will delight fans new and old. (Kirkus, September 2008)

Monty Python enthusiasts will appreciate this companion to Monty Python's Flying Circus....Casual fans will enjoy browsing through the book. (Booklist, January 2009)

Larsen is a devoted fan who exhaustively analyzes the series without ever obscuring its unique brand of humor....This one-of-a-kind homage to Monty Python, meticulously researched and well written throughout, deserves a place in all popular culture collections. (Library Journal, Starred Review, February 2009)

Darl Larsen is well versed in his material.... Well documented and comprehensive, if not exhaustive, this is an informative and entertaining deconstruction of all things Flying Circus. (Salem Press)

This book provides not just a simple explanation of who the frequently referenced Reginald Maulding was, but also what made him such an attractive target for the show's humor....This book likely will interest libraries supporting television and popular culture studies. Recommended. (CHOICE, December 2008)

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  • File Size: 4367 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 13, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABCNZO0
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