Title: Classic Adventures According to Spike Milligan
Author: Spike Milligan
Page Count: 396
This is a bit of a strange one to review, because it’s actually five different books bound together into one and I’d already read and reviewed two of them going in. Now, because I’m a completionist and I’m obsessed with ensuring that I’ve read every book by each of the authors that I decide to commit to, I have to review both this and the remainder of the books that were new to me.
So let’s see. Well, we start with Black Beauty, which isn’t a story that I’ve ever particularly connected with, although I have read it. I’ve just never liked stories with talking animals. Milligan’s take on it was a little more fun than the original, but still not my thing.
Then we have his take on Frankenstein, which was super fun, especially as a fan of the original. Milligan gave Frankenstein’s monster a ton of great dialogue, much of it including swearing, and I chuckled through the whole thing. It also got me wanting to re-read Frankenstein, which I’ll probably do at some point once I get the chance.
After that, we move on to the stories that were new to me, starting with The Hound of the Baskervilles. I’ve read that story so many times – including in French and as a personalised version where the names were changed to people I know – that I could match up all of the plot beats, and he poked fun at it in such a loving way that it’s hard to be mad at the guy.
Then there was Robin Hood, the only of these stories that I’ve never read in one form or another, although I tried it when I was a kid and got bored of it. Still, I knew enough of the Robin Hood legend to be able to appreciate it, and I thought that changing Little John to Big Dick was a decent touch.
And that leaves us with Treasure Island, a story I never particularly liked in its original form although the adaptations are pretty good. I would have liked Milligan’s take more if he hadn’t used the same joke four times, though.
All in all, it was pretty fun for a classics/Spike Milligan fan.