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John (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Lennon
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This isn't Cynthia Lennon's first book about her legendary ex-husband. A Twist of Lennon--a slim volume that John tried to suppress on grounds of libel--came out in 1978. But now, 25 years after his death, she finally feels ready to tell the "full and truthful story" of their life together. Why? In his foreword, son Julian writes of their being "dismissed or at best treated as insignificant bit players" in the story of John's life; it's Cynthia's goal, with John, to set the record straight. She does make a case for being more than just "the impressionable young girl who fell for him, then trapped him into marriage," and it's moving to read, in his own words, of John's love for his son. And while there's nothing new in her account of the Fab Four's rise to fame, as the greatest success story of the rock era, it's a legend that bears retelling. But most salient of all are Cynthia's sketches of pain, regret, and intimidation. John was indeed a brilliant, loving man, but he was also "passionately jealous," "verbally cutting," sometimes abusive, and often neglectful. (It is hinted that his behavior may have paralleled that of the woman who raised him, his Aunt Mimi.) Unfortunately, Cynthia's "response to John's provocative and cruel behavior was to stick by him more solidly than ever...[feeling] that if he could trust me and believe that I loved him he might soften."

It's not this dysfunction, however, but rather John's use of LSD, on which she blames the emotional "chasm" that led to the failure of their marriage. And though the Lennons' divorce comes relatively late in the book, the pages that follow are by far the saddest, as they chronicle John's increasing distance from and neglect of his former family--especially Julian, who would only see his father three times after he moved to New York in 1971. It's no surprise that Cynthia lays much of the blame for this at the feet of Yoko Ono, who is described as controlling and insensitive, especially in the wake of John's murder. But even though there's a lot of bitterness and resentment in these pages, it's not overwhelming, being offset by Cynthia's fierce love for her son and her continuing affection for her ex-husband. A full picture of John Lennon's life will never exist as long as Ono judges herself unable to write about their time together, but John goes a long way toward improving the situation. --Benjamin Lukoff

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This isn't Cynthia Lennon's first book about her legendary ex-husband. A Twist of Lennon--a slim volume that John tried to suppress on grounds of libel--came out in 1978. But now, 25 years after his death, she finally feels ready to tell the "full and truthful story" of their life together. Why? In his foreword, son Julian writes of their being "dismissed or at best treated as insignificant bit players" in the story of John's life; it's Cynthia's goal, with John, to set the record straight. She does make a case for being more than just "the impressionable young girl who fell for him, then trapped him into marriage," and it's moving to read, in his own words, of John's love for his son. And while there's nothing new in her account of the Fab Four's rise to fame, as the greatest success story of the rock era, it's a legend that bears retelling. But most salient of all are Cynthia's sketches of pain, regret, and intimidation. John was indeed a brilliant, loving man, but he was also "passionately jealous," "verbally cutting," sometimes abusive, and often neglectful. (It is hinted that his behavior may have paralleled that of the woman who raised him, his Aunt Mimi.) Unfortunately, Cynthia's "response to John's provocative and cruel behavior was to stick by him more solidly than ever...[feeling] that if he could trust me and believe that I loved him he might soften."

It's not this dysfunction, however, but rather John's use of LSD, on which she blames the emotional "chasm" that led to the failure of their marriage. And though the Lennons' divorce comes relatively late in the book, the pages that follow are by far the saddest, as they chronicle John's increasing distance from and neglect of his former family--especially Julian, who would only see his father three times after he moved to New York in 1971. It's no surprise that Cynthia lays much of the blame for this at the feet of Yoko Ono, who is described as controlling and insensitive, especially in the wake of John's murder. But even though there's a lot of bitterness and resentment in these pages, it's not overwhelming, being offset by Cynthia's fierce love for her son and her continuing affection for her ex-husband. A full picture of John Lennon's life will never exist as long as Ono judges herself unable to write about their time together, but John goes a long way toward improving the situation. --Benjamin Lukoff

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 408 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hodder; Auflage: New Ed (16. Februar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00713DN8A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein anderer Blickwinkel 8. Januar 2010
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Ich muss zugeben, dieses Buch im Grunde nur aus meiner Sammelleidenschaft für alles rund um die Beatles gekauft zu haben. Lesen wollte ich es - auch wenn es in Englisch ist - natürlich trotzdem. Die Überraschung war groß!

Mag sein, dass nicht alles zu 100% korrekt ist in der Darstellung, weil das Buch ein sehr persönliches ist und auf Erinnerungen basiert. So gibt Cynthia Lennon z.B. an, "All My Loving" sei - was den Text angeht - von John Lennon und für sie geschrieben. Tatsächlich ist das Lied von McCartney, aber es ist durchaus möglich, dass diverse Textzeilen von Lennon gestaltet wurden.

Doch alles in Allem wird hier ein sehr realistisches Bild von John Lennon gezeichnet, ein mehr als glaubhafter Eindruck entsteht. Cynthia beschreibt einen John, der nicht glatt gebügelt ist durch die allgemeinhin positive Darstellung, beschreibt seinen exzessiven Drogenkonsum, seine Zerissenheit, seine Menschlichkeit in allen Schattierungen von sehr dunkel bis strahlend - ohne bösartig oder nachtretend zu wirken. Dennoch ist ihre Verbitterung über den Verlust ihres geliebten Mannes zu spüren. Erst spannt ihr Yoko Ono den Ehemann aus, dann wird er zu allem extremen Überfluss von einem Soziopathen ermordet und somit allen anderen, die ihn geliebt haben, entrissen.

Nichts davon hat meiner Liebe zu den Beatles oder zu Lennon einen Abbruch getan. Vielleicht sogar eher das Gegenteil: die Beatles wirkten trotz ihres enormen und unerreichten Erfolges immer wie ganz normale Menschen. Cynthias Buch über John bestätigt das und ist lesenswerter als jede andere Biographie!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ehrlich, nüchtern, liebevoll und traurig 26. November 2005
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Das Buch "John" von Cynthia Lennon gibt einen sehr persönlichen Einblick in Ihrer Beziehung zu John Lennon. Sie schreibt über Ihre gemeinsamen Jahre in Liverpool und Hamburg, die anfangszeiten der Beatles und der Wahnsinn der Beatlesmania mit allen glücklichen Momenten bis hin zum Zusammenbruch.
Dieses Buch ist etwas für richtige, eingefleischte Beatles- und Lennon Fans. Sie werden es genießen dieses Buch zu lesen und traurig sein, wenn es zu Ende ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In John's Life... 29. Oktober 2005
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I have loved the Beatles since I was 3 and have been a rabid, inveterate fan and Beatle expert since I was 11. It is not surprising that I have an extensive Beatles' library and have read many books about the Beatles, individually and as a group for many years.
John Lennon, aka the Chief Beatle, was a prominent figure in every sense of the word. He left an indelible stamp on history, music and other aspects of culture and remains a fascinating person to this day.
Of the many Lennon biographies I have read, I liked this one best. This is not to discount the stellar works by Alan Clayson and Ray Coleman, whose objective, scholarly treatment of Lennon remain biographical bars that have been raised.
Cynthia's first book, "A Twist of Lennon" was written when John was still living. In that first book, which could be thought of as a volume one to this work, one gets the impression that Cynthia was too close to the memories and that it was hard for her to write objectively. That would certainly be understandable. Since she was writing about her life and experiences as she knew them, objectivity was not required; however, one gets the sense that Cynthia was still as freshly hurt as she was when the incidents took place.
In "John," readers get a more rounded picture of Cynthia, John, the other Beatles and their wives as well as others who were close to the Beatles, such as their manager, the late Brian Epstein. Readers get a "feel for" or a sense of each person mentioned in the book, including family members such as the previously little mentioned people in Cynthia's family. Readers come to see the forces, people and influences that shaped Cynthia, and by extension John Lennon as well.
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