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Publication date Puckoon is a comic novel by Spike Milligan , first published in It is his first full-length novel, and only major fictional work. Set in , it details the troubles brought to the fictional Irish village of Puckoon by the Partition of Ireland : the new border, due to the incompetence of the Boundary Commission , passes directly through the village, with most of the village placed in the independent Irish Free State , but with a significant portion to Northern Ireland. The protagonist of the novel is the feckless Dan Milligan, a man so lazy that the author is obliged to take direct action to prevent him spending the entire novel lounging about at home; thus alerted to his status as a fictional character, Dan frequently breaks the fourth wall , speaking directly to the writer about the trouble he has been made to endure. Adaptations[ edit ] An abridged audiobook version, read by the author, was released on LP and cassette.

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For some, the satire was a bit close to the bone. But Milligan managed to turn a key moment in the history of the Troubles into a largely successful comedy. Forty years later, writer-director Terence Ryan brings his novel to the screen, but with considerably less success, and considerably less comedy.

Set in , "Puckoon" tells the fictitious tale of how the eponymous village was cut in two when the border between Ulster and the Irish Free State was finalised in a hurry, so that the members of the Boundary Commission could catch last orders.

The inherent randomness of borders is one of the key messages of the film. Some of its best moments revolve around the farcically absurd attempts to get coffins across the new check-point, that separates the church in the south from the graveyard in the north.

Similarly, the villagers cram into the northernmost corner of the pub to take advantage of the laxer licensing laws. But when the film starts to sympathise with the priest, who recruits a pair of bungling freedom-fighters to smuggle coffins full of explosives across the border, the humour leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Milligan gave the politics an air of levity, tempering it with a degree of surrealism.

But, unsure whether to be provocatively controversial, cleverly satirical, or just plain funny, the film ends up being an uncomfortably messy blend of all three. End Credits.

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Start your review of Puckoon Write a review Shelves: historical , novels , fiction , humor , literature , irish , 20th-century Puckoon,, Spike Milligan Puckoon is a comic novel by Spike Milligan, first published in It is his first full-length novel, and only major fictional work. Set in , it details the troubles brought to the fictional Irish village of Puckoon by the Partition of Ireland: the new border, due to the incompetence of the Boundary Commission, passes directly through the village, with most of the village placed in the independent Irish Free State, but with a significant portion to Northern Ireland. The protagonist of the novel is the feckless Dan Milligan, a man so lazy that the author is obliged to take direct action to prevent him spending the entire novel lounging about at home; thus alerted to his status as a fictional character, Dan frequently breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to the writer about the trouble he has been made to endure. The characters, the plot, the little scenes, the recurring little themes with each of the main characters are superb. I have lost count of how many times I have read it. I know I bought the book three times just shows how much I love it the first book was lost to a school friend who never returned it, the second disappeared with one This is, in my opinion, the best and funniest book Spike Milligan ever produced, I say this from a position of having read just about everything he had published.

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