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Just Finished Reading “The Moon’s a Balloon” #books

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I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I knew David Niven as an actor, and have seen quite a number of films he starred in, such as The Pink Panther; Casino Royale; Death on the Nile; The Guns of Navarone; and The Prisoner of Zenda. Naturally I was interested to know more about him.

Niven is like a character out of the movies he’s played in, there seems to be little that he hasn’t done or been: soldier; race organizer; actor; and philanderer.

The book immediately opens with Niven’s introduction of Nessie, the 17 year old whore who he lost his virginity to aged 14, referring the reader to a later page in case they would like to skip straight to the sordid details. It continues with war torn London in the First World War and the loss of his father, and replacement with a stepfather. The book chronicles being expelled multiple times from boarding-school. Eventually joining the army, before resigning his commission and going of the the United States to seek fame and glory. Rubbing shoulders with Winston Churchill at the height of the Second World War. Had this not been a true story I wouldn’t have believed it.

A unbelievable and funny read.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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  1. I read the moons a balloon first when I was about 15. I had no interest in David Niven, I was just stuck for something to read. It turned out to be my favourite autobiography of all time, even one 30 years later. Utterly charming, absolutely hilarious.


    August 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    • It has been a while since I read it, and I think that the matter of fact way he writes, and the extraordinary things he’s done make it entertaining reading for a teenager. It shows that you can still make something of your life, even if you don’t fit into the mold.

      webhat/redhat (@webhat)

      August 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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