The Road to Mars - Eric Idle Reviews
Description:ISBN 0330481800 / Author: Eric Idle / Genre: Fiction / Carlton is an android working for Alex and Lewis, two comedians from the twenty-second century who travel the outer vaudeville circuit of the solar system known ironically as the Road to Mars. Being a computer he can't ... more
The Road to Mars - Eric Idle ... understand irony, but is nevertheless attempting to write a thesis about comedy, its place in evolution, and whether it can ever be cured. He is studying the comedians of the late twentieth century (including obscure and esoteric comedy acts such as Monty Python's Flying Circus) in his search for the comedy gene. Meanwhile, during an audition for a gig on the Princess Di (a solar cruise ship), his two employers inadvertently become involved in a terriorist plot against Mars, the planet of showbiz. Can Carlton prevent Alex and Lewis from losing their gigs, overcome the love thing and finally understand the meaning of comedy in the universe? From one of the original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Newest Review: ... surely itís just silly walks, daft cartoons and men in drag? Many of Idleís (or rather, Carltonís) findings are fairly ... more
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by - written on 27/10/07 (Very useful, 217 readings)
Eric Idleís 1999 sci-fi comedy novel is an odd assortment of psychoanalysis, cyberpunk spy thriller, social satire and clinical essay on the nature of comedy, in which the respected Python gets some things off his chest and postulates the end of the road for his profession: what if a computer could tell a joke as well as a human? In truth, thereís a little too much going on in ĎThe Road to Marsí in terms of its shifting style and focus, the most interesting aspect being the background plot of the service android Carltonís determined attempts to understand the profession of his owners, a comedy double-act touring the run-down establishments of the outer solar ... Read the complete review
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