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A gentleman's review of a "fascinating" life.
am 22. August 1999
Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek tales are gentler, more forgiving versions of the stories told by William Shatner in the Shatner "Memories" books.
"I Am Spock" is an entertainging piece, perhaps a bit 'jumpy' in places, flashing forward and backward between Star Trek events and Nimoy's other works, and repeats much of the tales in his earlier book - but it was difficult for me to find much fault with this volume.
What I did find interesting was that, while Mr. Shatner's stories often show Mr. Nimoy as a tough businessman, with the "f"-word peppering his direct quotes, the Mr. Nimoy in "I Am Spock" seems more reserved and gentlemanly. Which is the truer? No matter. Mr. Nimoy's modesty shines softly throughout this book. He's obviously very (multi) talented in all facets of his art, and it's a pity the original Star Trek series didn't extend him the opportunity to direct, or create, or produce as he did in later years - then the Enterprise would have definitely fulfilled its 5-year mission, rather than only 3.
Bottom Line: A good read, especially for the Star Trek / Nimoy / Spock fan - but don't expect anything intringing, new, or shocking. This is the grandfatherly Nimoy talking, and his memories all seem to be fond ones.