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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, and it s also pretty interesting because Milligan was knocking around as a musician both when he was in the army and after the war had ended.Sure, there are a few bits here and there that are kind of uncomfortable because if they weren t racist, they were close to it St 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, and it s also pretty interesting because Milligan was knocking around as a musician both when he was in the army and after the war had ended.Sure, there are a few bits here and there that are kind of uncomfortable 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 usage amongst front line soldiers And for the most part, this is offset by Milligan s humour, which is honestly just delightful He s very playful, and he uses a lot of little puns and plays on words that made me chuckle.It 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 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 them.Still, 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 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 Spike 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 Maria 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 awaited 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. 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 Not as funny as the previous volumes, this one deals mainly with Spike s life and romance in Italy in 1946 until his return to England on the 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. Following the end of the war, Spike spends some time touring as part of The Bill Hall Trio , playing jazz with an army entertainment unit 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 England.I 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, a Following the end of the war, Spike spends some time touring as part of The Bill Hall Trio , playing jazz with an army entertainment unit 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 England.I 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 War.I m glad I read this but it s simply not as interesting or exciting as the earlier memoirs Book 6 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, i.e less satisfying than the wartime memoirs Again, the attitudes of the time sexism, casual racism seem to grateyou feel less sympathy for the man cla Book 6 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, i.e less satisfying than the wartime memoirs Again, the attitudes of the time sexism, casual racism seem to grateyou feel less sympathy for the man claiming to be head over heels in love, but seemingly unable 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 The sixth volume takes us 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 up 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 muchour evident within this book. Spike leaves the army, tours Europe with his new band, and is in love It is an enjoyable book but doesn t quite have the gravity, the edge, or even the humor of the previous war diaries I can see, life is changing after 5 years in the army, with his regiment, being under 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. The final installment of Spike Milligan s war memoirs, this is set in post war Italy and Austria This book has less of the absurdity humour of wartime and isof a love story, which gives it a different kind of charm to the other books in the series Unfortunately this also makes it feel like it doesn t really fit in.


About the Author: Spike Milligan

Terence Alan Patrick Se n Milligan, known as Spike, was a comedian, writer and musician He was of Irish descent, but spent most of his childhood in India and lived most of his later life in England, moving to Australia after retirement He is famous for his work in The Goon Show, children s poetry and a series of comical autobiographical novels about his experiences serving in the British Army in WWII Spike Milligan suffered from bipolar disorder, which led to depression and frequent breakdowns, but he will be remembered as a comic genius His tombstone reads I told you I was ill in Gaelic.


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