Spike Milligan’s “Puckoon”


An English Connection in the Irish Comic Tradition

Spike Milligan’s first novel bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border,’ Observer. A comedic genius, Spike Milligan, was one of the most influential and important comedic performers and writers of the twentieth century. An important precursor and influence on Monty Python, he was proud of his Irish roots and successfully applied for Irish citizenship. His first short novel Puckoon (1963) is a masterpiece of outrageously irreverent caricatures of Irish and British types involved directly or tangentially in drawing the border separating Northern Ireland from the Republic.

3 Sessions: Saturdays 11:30-1:00 p.m. February 6-20. 2/6; 2/13; & 2/20.

Course Text: Spike Milligan, Puckoon, Penguin books.

Payment: $60

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