How shall I tell the dog?: and other final musings
In this hilarious and moving book, popular English humorist Miles Kington faces cancer and death with his sparkling trademark wit, musing on everything from board games and yodeling to the prospect of being outlived by his dog.
When some people are told they have only a few months to live, they might travel around the world or write their memoirs or put their affairs in order. When it happened at the age of 66 to Miles Kington-one of England's best-loved humorists-he did what he did best, offering sharp, wry, laugh-out-loud observations and ideas about his situation. Following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Kington proposes crazier and crazier ideas for his next book (what he calls "cashing in on cancer") in a series of letters to his literary agent, Gill.
And what sort of things capture Kington's attention in his waning months? The sudden grimness of those 1,000 Places to See Before You Die books, for example. (What about 100 Things to Do Before You Die, Without Leaving Home?, he suggests. Instead of bungee jumping and whitewater rafting, learn to whistle with two fingers in your mouth, yodel, or steam open envelopes.) The irony that his dog, Berry, will probably outlive him, or the semi-outrageous idea of creating a funeral video:
The answer is quite simple.
Make a video in advance of my farewell speech, to be shown on a monitor, from the pulpit, or on a screen behind the stage, or wherever the best place would be.
I have already visualised the opening shot.
It is of me, smiling ruefully, and saying to camera: "Hello. I'm sorry I couldn't be here in person with you today."
Mischievous and utterly original, Miles Kington's words in the face of death are memorable and surprisingly uplifting.
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|Grouping Title||how shall i tell the dog and other final musings|
|Grouping Author||kington miles|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-03-29 01:09:37AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-05-22 05:17:01AM|
|available_at_englewood||Englewood Public Library|
|display_description||Following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the author wrote this series of letters to his agent and friend, Gill, in which he pitches increasingly absurd ideas for a final book.|
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|literary_form||Fiction, Non Fiction|
|local_callnumber_englewood||306.90207 KINGSTON, MILES|
|owning_library_englewood||Englewood Public Library|
|owning_location_englewood||Englewood Public Library|
|record_details||ils:.b37476877|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Newmarket Press,|2009.|206 pages ; 21 cm.|
|subject_facet||Biographies, Cancer -- Humor, Death -- Humor, English wit and humor -- Biography, Humor, Humorists, English -- Biography, Kington, Miles|
|title_display||How shall I tell the dog? : and other final musings|
|title_full||How shall I tell the dog? : and other final musings / Miles Kington ; afterword by Caroline Kington|
|title_short||How shall I tell the dog? :|
|title_sub||and other final musings|
|topic_facet||Cancer, Death, English wit and humor, Humorists, English, Kington, Miles|