So-so biography of the terrific lads who are among the "certain things in life which make life worth living," as friend and backer George Harrison says. There's a gratifying amount of trivia: John Cleese's original family name -- changed by his father during the First World War -- was Cheese ("Have you, in fact, got any cheese at all?"), Graham Chapman did not learn to drive until age 37, Germaine Greer played a nun who performs a striptease down to bikini and flippers in Eric Idle's theater club at Cambridge, Michael Palin has always made copious notes in his journal (wonder if we'll ever see the publication of that?).
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus