Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Needed an editor who wielded a machete!
am 1. August 2000
I heard the author on NPR when she was being interviewed about this biography, so I could hardly wait until my local library got the book to me. I should have been more patient! How could a radio broadcaster who is so glib on the air write so TURGIDLY? The book needed a professional biographer to digest all the research and get full credit as co-author with Buford; her stuff would put a Lancaster groupie to sleep! No editor or publisher should have accepted this swill as a finished manuscript! Shame on the author! The first two chapters on Lancaster's early life fail to jell as a narrative; they're just raw notes. Throughout all 250+ pages of this turkey, there are bits and pieces and (every third page) there's an insight on the immediate factoids, BUT Buford presents her conclusions with irritating regularity at the end of every two paragraphs. (I figure that's how she writes for radio, and she couldn't switch.) To get through the information, I suggest you skip to the BOTTOM of a paragraph and then skim the details above. (Skimming the book upside down while you're propped in bed with a cold drink helps, too, but I don't think most readers would give this book that many chances.) The earlier Amazon reviewers point out the biographer's squeamishness about Lancaster's sexuality and they are right: Buford should have faced the issue squarely and concluded SOMEthing or she should have skipped all the snide wink-y wink-y gossip. Confession: I bought two copies from Amazon because (a)I lost my library copy; and (b)the sexy picture of Burt on the back cover is the best cheesecake I've seen since the far Lesser Burt (Reynolds) posed centerfold back in the 70s. Great photos. Wish there were a real live bibliography. Wish the author had used notecards and just published them!