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I was one of Eric Morecambe s greatest fans and never missed a show that he was on so I had high hopes of this novel Sadly, I was very disappointed Of course it is a product of its time but that doesn t make the homophobia, misogyny, sexism and racism any easier to read Sid Lewis is a club pub comedian who finds fame through a character Mr Lonely and we watch his rise to fame and how he copes with it Unfortunately, Sid Lewis is an unpleasant person whose character doesn t change so it is i I was one of Eric Morecambe s greatest fans and never missed a show that he was on so I had high hopes of this novel Sadly, I was very disappointed Of course it is a product of its time but that doesn t make the homophobia, misogyny, sexism and racism any easier to read Sid Lewis is a club pub comedian who finds fame through a character Mr Lonely and we watch his rise to fame and how he copes with it Unfortunately, Sid Lewis is an unpleasant person whose character doesn t change so it is impossible to feel any empathy for him The style of the work is very bitty and felt unfinished to me and there is an air of gloom pervading the book I imagined that a novel written by Eric Morecambe would be funny but the humour left me cold as it came across as a string of unrelated one liners and these were often offensive to 21st century ears The truth is that I wish I d not read this as it has made me see Eric Morecambe in a different light from before, a light I d have preferred not to have been shone on him A very odd and un novelistic book, this is essentially a series of gag laden anecdotes about the career and adulterous exploits of a comedian who we re told is funny and much loved, but who comes across as a bland cipher of extremely dubious morals and political views It certainly doesn t amount to anything resembling a story, and the ending is as arbitrary and unsatisfying as anything else on offer here Even the jokes have a pretty low hit rate I don t know enough about Morecambe s private l A very odd and un novelistic book, this is essentially a series of gag laden anecdotes about the career and adulterous exploits of a comedian who we re told is funny and much loved, but who comes across as a bland cipher of extremely dubious morals and political views It certainly doesn t amount to anything resembling a story, and the ending is as arbitrary and unsatisfying as anything else on offer here Even the jokes have a pretty low hit rate I don t know enough about Morecambe s private life to know whether Sid Lewis is an autobiographical study Morecambe himself appears as a minor character and the book s narrator, but that s hardly conclusive What s clear is that Morecambe is constantly struggling to fit what he wants to say whatever that is with the conventions of a novel, and particularly with the stylistic demands of written prose as opposed to spoken monologue The most interesting bit of texture is a lengthy flashback to Sid s courtship and the morning of his wedding, followed by an interestingly framed sequence where Eric and the presiding vicar reminisce decades later about the ceremony itself For that chapter it almost looks as if the book is interested in narrative rather than transcribed standup, but the moment passes The book is profoundly sexist, treating women as commodities for Sid s appreciation, and flirts with racism without ever quite committing to it Sid himself is undoubtedly racist by modern standards, but the narrator has anuanced view one of the few nuanced things in the book, in fact It is at least in broad sympathy with gay men, but even so there are a couple of uncomfortable moments where homophobia forms the basis of gags The only real point of interest for me is that much of the book is set in the world of British TV of the mid to late 70s, an era I can just about remember, and provides a certain nostalgia kick on that basis though it entirely avoids mentioning Jimmy Savile, which is something of a relief It must have been 30 years since I last heard a joke about Magnus Pyke waving his hands around The peculiar view that married couples are naturally, understandably andor less incessantly looking for extramarital sex is certainly something I recognise from the sitcoms of the time, despite bearing no relationship to adult life as I ve come to know it since If you re a huge Morecambe and Wise fan, you may find this entertaining, although it s hardly typical of Eric s TV work If not, I can t honestly recommend it A strange little book without much plot to speak of full of racism and sexism to a degree that borders on ludicrous I like to think Morecambe was being satirical, but I will also admit to being blinded by affection Nevertheless I enjoyed it the characters are interesting and the melancholy, remote atmosphere permeating the bawdy anecdotes is compelling. Certainly of its time, but something oddly post modern about it at times Also leaves a lot of things dangling, so a bit bizarre all told. I felt really sad reading this book I think it s because I could hear Eric s voice throughout the narrative It made me see him as a sadly unfulfilled but incredibly talented man trying to battle with his own demons I got about 25% in and simply couldn t finish it I don t know if the book was meant to portray the innermost workings of his mind but that s how it read to me It certainly wasn t a well written book and I so wish I hadn t downloaded it I prefer to remember him for his genius I felt really sad reading this book I think it s because I could hear Eric s voice throughout the narrative It made me see him as a sadly unfulfilled but incredibly talented man trying to battle with his own demons I got about 25% in and simply couldn t finish it I don t know if the book was meant to portray the innermost workings of his mind but that s how it read to me It certainly wasn t a well written book and I so wish I hadn t downloaded it I prefer to remember him for his genius unfortunately genius is only one side of the coin, and too often the reverse side is something much darker and painful I wasn t sure what I was going to make of this book for ages I put it off, picking up chick lit instead because I thought it might ruin my view of the wonderful Eric Morecambe It didn t Instead of just seeing him as a comedian, I can now also see him as an author It isn t a detrimental view, just another, slightly surprising facet to his character So what of the book Well first and foremost, you must remember that it is set in the 1970s Characters act and react as they would have done th I wasn t sure what I was going to make of this book for ages I put it off, picking up chick lit instead because I thought it might ruin my view of the wonderful Eric Morecambe It didn t Instead of just seeing him as a comedian, I can now also see him as an author It isn t a detrimental view, just another, slightly surprising facet to his character So what of the book Well first and foremost, you must remember that it is set in the 1970s Characters act and react as they would have done then they re xenophobic, misogynistic, they smoke, drink, but they re irrepressible and they re fascinating.Sid, the hero or possibly anti hero is stuck in a loveless marriage with Carrie He dreams of escape, but the only means of escape he can find is in the spotlight on stage or in meaningless flings with fellow would be stars Carrie wishes Sid was in a nice office job, but was initially attracted to his showbiz lifestyle Something s got to give Or has it Can they carry on in this beige 1970s depressive lifestyle, upsetting themselves and each other Suddenly Sid is offered the chance of his life is his career worththan his marriage The characters in the book are well written, although they did feel somewhat stereotypical buxom babes, awful actors, sexy starlets, camp comedians, shy strippers but for all I know, that s what the 1970s were like It s certainly what they were like for Sid Lewis I really wanted to like this book because I love Eric Morecambe When I read the first few pages I got confused I knew very little about the book because I wasn t sure if Sid AKA Mr Lonely was a real person so I googled it and read some info about this odd novel Needless to say I saw a few bad reviews but I was determined to give it a chance Like other people I felt like I could hear Eric Morecambe s voice telling these stories, but unfortunately while he made me laugh, this book didn t Its I really wanted to like this book because I love Eric Morecambe When I read the first few pages I got confused I knew very little about the book because I wasn t sure if Sid AKA Mr Lonely was a real person so I googled it and read some info about this odd novel Needless to say I saw a few bad reviews but I was determined to give it a chance Like other people I felt like I could hear Eric Morecambe s voice telling these stories, but unfortunately while he made me laugh, this book didn t Its not funny, very dated, badly written and not very engaging I feel guilty even saying it It really is rubbish *Read ↿ Mr. Lonely ⇬ A long overdue reissue of this debut novel from a comedy legendMr Lonely follows the exploits of a lowly two bit comedian, Sid Lewis, through his strange and eventful lifeSid plays dingy smoke filled clubs, earning next to nothing and chasing after the dancing girls He meets the woman of his dreams and ties the knot but still has an eye for the ladiesOne night, in front of a particularly rough crowd, he tries out a new character and Mr Lonely is born The act is seen by someone from the BBC who offers Sid the chance to perform on television He becomes an overnight success, quickly taking to a new life of champagne and stardom and continues to chase anything in a skirtBut great comedy is often laced with tragedy and Sid s life is no exception as his excesses and philandering threaten to catch up with himMr Lonely was Eric s first novel, written while he was recovering from his second heart attack and contemplating a career away from the stage It has all the hallmarks of his legendary comic talent and is being brought back into print for the first time in nearly thirty years Bawdier andacerbic than you would expect from Eric Morcambe, this is a depressing, nasty little book which you desperately hope wasn t based on personal experience Apart from which, it actually isn t all that funny either lines like he did not actually roll towards the front door and he did not exactly stagger, it was both,of a rollagger might have tripped off Eric s tongue for a throwaway laugh, but written down it is turgid and laboured and it relentlessly runs through the bo Bawdier andacerbic than you would expect from Eric Morcambe, this is a depressing, nasty little book which you desperately hope wasn t based on personal experience Apart from which, it actually isn t all that funny either lines like he did not actually roll towards the front door and he did not exactly stagger, it was both,of a rollagger might have tripped off Eric s tongue for a throwaway laugh, but written down it is turgid and laboured and it relentlessly runs through the book, often instead of any actual narrative Worth avoiding Not exactly great literature the story of a low rent comedian s life is told in an easy, conversational style And Morecambe s tale is certainly dated in its treatment of matters of race and sexuality, without being in any way malicious Further, some of the humour is surprisingly clumsy, coming as it does from a comic genius Nevertheless, this is a fascinating and sadly topical insight into seedy 1970s showbiz Well worth investigating.