NOTE: THERE ARE FISH IN THIS BOOK.
This is a fully illustrated edition of the hilarious Python classic, which takes a pop at almost every single sacred cow of culture and includes the famous tune "Every Sperm is Sacred." Although primarily aimed at an audience of fish, Monty Python's film, The Meaning of Life, spans the whole range of human experience. It starts with the birth of a seemingly insignificant human being (especially from a haddock's point of view) who, sure enough turns out to play no further part in the film.
"It has a theme of sorts, as defined by the title, but it's still an extremely loose collection of sketches, songs and interruptions that send up sex, religion, middle-class manners, upper-class twits, all things genteel and, perhaps for the first time on screen, goldfish that talk. The film … is at its best when it is least spectacular, almost intimate." – Vincent Canby, The New York Times (1983)
"'The Meaning of Life' is unsparing and elaborate in its vision of humanity at its foulest." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club (2003)
"It's as unnerving as it is funny. … It's tough to find the meaning in much of the craziness on display here, let alone the meaning of all human existence as the title promises, but you will find a whole lot of exquisite nonsense. B+" – Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly (2013)
Mandarin / Grove Press (softcover) 1983. A lot of pages!