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C'mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus
C'mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus
von David Cassidy
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Totally enthralling! I couldn't put it down! I still can't!, 1. August 2000
Well, let me just say that this has been the most informative and exciting reading I have come across in some time! And I read Tom Clancy novels! David's prose and insistance of presenting the truth the way it was, way back in the drugged-out, Gary Coleman-dominated 1970's, is almost like reading Steinbeck. Only David is a much better writer. And those legendary myths we heard about for so long are brought into light and they have passed the test of truth.
Did you know David was Don Seigal's first choice to play the lead role in "Dirty Harry"? Seigal thought that David would bring something to the role that Clint Eastwood couldn't: a tough-guy persona. It was unfortunate that eventually David lost out to Clint because David is only 5 feet 2 inches (including heels and highly-styled hair) while Clint stands a muscular 6 feet 4 inches, thus the movie's producers had a hard time taking David seriously as a renegade cop. Plus the fact David had a difficult time holding Dirty Harry's huge .44 Magnum.
But this was not a setback to David's career, as he details in the next chapter, when he claims (and in my opinion, proves, once and for all) to be the true author of "The Great Gatsby". Finally we can give credit where credit is due. David tells us the story how he acted as F. Scott Fitzgerald's "ghost writer" during a time when Scott had fallen off the wagon, again. David hid this fact for many, many years, not wanting to embarrass Fitzgerald or his wife, Zelda.
David also brings to our attention in chapter 11 (and again in chapters 17, 18, and the index) that he was the first man to perform an artifical heart transplant, in 1968. David was called upon because of his expertise in cardiological surgery and his boyish good looks.
Another famous incident explained, finally, is David's on-air brawl on the set of "Match Game" in 1977. David was mad because he was unable to pass the contestant entrance exam. But all in all, we all have our faults, and "Match Game" was an eggheaded, meeting of the rocket scientist minds of a show if there ever was one. It should have been hosted by Alistar Cooke. Well, faults and all, David is a superstar, no doubt about it. Buy this book and be reminded why. And to the unconverted, read this book and see what you have been missing all your empty, soul-less lives.


The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection
The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection
von F. Scott Fitzgerald
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 23,21

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Amzaing Collection Of Amazing Work, 31. Juli 2000
This is an excellent, handsomely produced, collection of Fitzgerald's short stories. Fitzgerald was a drunk, but he was an enormously talented drunk, and these stories prove it. Some say he was obsessed with the upper-class, and although I don't necessarily agree with this accusation, look at Faulkner: how many stories or novels did he write that took place outside the Deep South? No one seems to complain about that. How many of Joyce's works took place outside of Ireland? Did the "Brothers Karamazov" take place in Cleveland? Fitzgerald, just like every other writer, was writing about the environment he was familiar with. And he did a damned good job of it too.


Ulysses (Gabler Edition)
Ulysses (Gabler Edition)
von James Joyce
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 21,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the greatest book ever written. Yes., 24. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ulysses (Gabler Edition) (Taschenbuch)
"Ulysses" is the greatest book ever written. After several attempts, I have read it in its entirety only once, but I hope read it again and again. I'm not one who tries to appear pedantic, but I feel very strongly about my amature opinion. When you grasp the accomplishment that Joyce produced, you are in awe.
"Ulysses" is just the events of one day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin. The three "main" characters are Leopold Bloom, an Irish Jew, (the only reason I mention his ethnicity is because it's important to the story); Stephen Dedalus, a school teacher, who can be seen as a continuation of the protagonist from "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", and as Joyce's own persona in the story; and Molly Bloom, Leopold's adulterous wife, whose non-punctuated "monolog" in the final chapter is probably the most quoted section of the book. Nothing fantastic action-wise happens in the story, beginning in the morning with Stephen's roommate--they live in an old military post built during the Napoleonic Wars--Buck Mulligan shaving, and ending very late in the evening with Molly Bloom's recollections of the day and her feelings for her husband, among many others; but it's the methods of production and presentation that you admire. Joyce uses "stream-of-consciousness" or some would say more accurately, "internal monolog". Characters thoughts are presented in prose to give the effect of being inside the characters mind, kind of like having a front row seat. One of the many difficulties is that the role of narrator often switches, and sometimes switches to characters that aren't even identified. This often confuses first-time readers and scares off scores of others. "Ulysses" isn't an easy read. Reading it takes work. But it's not impossible. Some may feel that no book is worth the effort, but I assure you "Ulysses" is, and it won't take that much out of you to understand it. One book I highly recommend is "Introducing Joyce". It's an easy read and covers Joyce's life and his major works, especially "Ulysses".
Which editon of "Ulysses" should you purchase? Either the corrected 1961 version, the Gabler edition (which has even more corrections and actually lists the chapters, numbered and titled, and has them clearly identified), both of which are published by Vintage Books. There is also the Oxford World Classics edition, based on the original 1922 publication that also has corrections, footnotes, and a map of Dublin. I proudly have all three. =D


Frolic of His Own
Frolic of His Own
von William Gaddis
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 29,14

4.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty good., 24. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Frolic of His Own (Taschenbuch)
I liked this book. Gaddis sometimes goes on for a bit in particular spots, but he can be pretty funny too. One can see the obvious Joyce influences. This book is much easier to get into than his first book, "The Recognitions." That's a monster. This book basically concerns a college professor who's upset because he feels a recent movie plagerised his screenplay about the Civil War. Another important theme is frivilous law suits. Several examples are given in the book that are often funny. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in reading Gaddis as a place to start.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide
von Inc. Best Brains
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A great guide to the Comedy Central years., 21. Juli 2000
This book covers the pre-Sci-Fi Channel years, seasons one through six, and a preview of season seven. The book covers the origins of MST3K, the people responsible, and a pretty detailed review of each episode of seasons one through six. The KTMA days are briefly covered, and although I understand why they didn't want to focus much on them, I wish they had anyway. Each episode is covered by a member of the staff and then commented upon, with a an outline of the Host Segements and Stingers inbetween. It's fun to see what went on behind the scenes and what the staff was thinking about the movie they were tearing apart. There's also a tearful entry from Kevin Murphy about his encounter with Kurt Vonnegut. Also included in the back is a list of their 50 most obscure references; although I could think up about 100 more obscure ones than they have chosen. Another thing I would like to know is where exactly did they get these movies? They explained how they chose them, but not where on Earth they got their hands on them in the first place. That would be very interesting. There's a bio of each member of the gang in the back as well, but Mike's bio is on six or seven other people throughout history rather than himself, I think.


The House on Hope Street
The House on Hope Street
von Danielle Steel
  Gebundene Ausgabe

1.0 von 5 Sternen War! Huh! Good Gawd Y'all..., 16. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The House on Hope Street (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I have never read such a book in my entire life. This book features those manacing arch-enemies of all that is good, The Atomic Ninjas. It also features that reoccuring fan-favorite character Timmy, the bed-wetting psychic. Dr. Mungo, the transvestite cannibal-dentist, is back once again to torment our hero, the always roller-skating, but acne-ravaged Chasworth, at this year's flower show. Uncle Peaches, the toupee-collecting lawyer, is back as well to face off against the Fil Dawnahew, the butane-sniffing landlord, in a dispute over a tenant who won't return the VHS rental of the movie "Fame." Steel's spelling is improving as well. She must of had a top editor work on this book with her. I enjoyed the coloring sections too, but I had trouble staying in the lines with the extremely toxic crayons that come with the book. It's main reason why I ordered the book.


John Dos Passos: USA: The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / the Big Money (Library of America)
John Dos Passos: USA: The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / the Big Money (Library of America)
von Townsend Ludington
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen Compulsively readable., 15. Juli 2000
I love this book/trilogy. It's probably my favorite book I've read so far. I would recommend this book to people whom in the past were put off by older literature. This book, although set in the early 20th century, seems fresh and alive. You may have difficulty at first with some of the more experimental sections, like "The Camera Eye", but I wouldn't let that discourage myself from recommending this book. Those sections tend to be rather on the short side anyway. I wish Dos Passos was more thought of today than he is, because he's an excellent writer. I often couldn't believe how many pages I had read in a session, as I got lost in the book completely. Read this book!


Fathers and Sons (Signet classics)
Fathers and Sons (Signet classics)
von Ivan Turgenev
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A great piece of Russian literature., 11. Juli 2000
What I love about Turgenev is his prose. Unlike other Russian authors, Turgenev's prose is clear, concise, and stays away from needless details. I would highly recommend this book, or any of his others, to those who, in the past, have disliked Russian literature.


Mother Night: A Novel
Mother Night: A Novel
von Kurt Vonnegut
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent, but not as popular, Vonnegut novel., 7. Juli 2000
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This is one of Vonnegut's early novels, and I really enjoyed it. The story is a fascinating one: an American living in Germany is recruited by the United States to work for the Nazis during WWII and unknowningly assists the Allies with his pro-Nazi radio broadcasts. After the war he is abandoned by the United States out of embarrassment, and is captured by the newly formed nation of Israel and put on trial for his "war crimes." It's an incredible story about identity and being responsible for one's actions. I would confidently say this is one of Vonnegut's best.


The Winter of Our Discontent (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
The Winter of Our Discontent (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
von John Steinbeck
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Steinbeck's last great novel, 7. Juli 2000
This is Steinbeck's last great novel; but one of it's highlights is Steinbeck's ability to create characters that are real. You the reader can identify--not necessarily identify with--the characters and care about their actions and their feelings. The prose is clean and compact, like the best of Steinbeck's writing, and is real; he never turns it into an endless torid sea of "clever" wordplay. There is a story to be told, and he presents it beautifully. This book ranks up along with "Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men." "Winter of Our Discontent" isn't as familiar as these and other works, but it should be.


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