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The Garner Files (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 2 nov 2011

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Book by Garner James Winokur Jon

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  • Copertina rigida: 435 pagine
  • Editore: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edizione (2 novembre 2011)
  • Collana: Thorndike Press Large Print Biographies & Memoirs Series
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 141044337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410443373
  • Peso di spedizione: 567 g
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175 di 184 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Well worth reading for Garner fans 1 novembre 2011
Di Kcorn - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
I've enjoyed watching James Garner through the years and so I was eager to read his memoir (this review is based on the Kindle edition, available before other editions shipped.).

Fans looking for biographical details about Garner should be satisfied. For example, who would have guessed that Garner hates public speaking and had to battle this to work on screen? He never grew fond of acting on stage.Readers can discover how and why he grew to dislike performing live, an adversion rooted in traumatic childhood experiences.

Although there are plenty of fascinating gems about Garner in his book it is a slow read at first. Garner starts with recollections of his childhood and then moves on to his first love, time spent in the military, and struggles as an actor in the 50's - alongside Clint Eastwood and others who weren't yet famous. The book does pick up speed and finally falls into a comfortable pace.

I felt that the section about his childhood and family roots could have been tighter, focusing more on the pivotal moments rather than drier parts about his family tree. Looking at these sections from the perspective of prospective readers it is likely that they'll be eager for events to " cut to the chase" sooner.

It was inspiring to see how Garner's tenacity serves him well, keeping him from giving up when even respected acting coaches told him he'd never succeed. Friends such as Henry Fonda allowed Garner to observe and pick up valuable techniques.

All in all, well worth reading for anyone interested in Garner's take on life and acting.

Bonus features: introduction by Julie Andrews and a special section where family and friends include recollections of Garner. They include Doris Day, Tom Selleck, and Joel Grey.
10 di 10 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Up Front Memoir 25 giugno 2013
Di Rearden Steel - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Garner pulls no punches telling you exactly who he is. Just from reading the book if you did not know who Jim Garner is, you would most likely like the him. He did what he wanted with his life and does not regret the journey. Along the way he tells us lessons he learned good and bad and the choices he made. He fell in love once and is still married to the same woman - clearly an atypical Hollywood example!

Garner's early schooldays through the later part of the first decade of the century are presented both from his point of view and then we see an "outtakes chapter" of vignettes from his friends and others who interacted with him throughout his life. I thought the Maverick series got the American western out of the simpleminded good-guys-bad-guys Long Ranger type series and moved it into something more interesting. However, it wasn't until the Rockford Files that he really shinned to my way of thinking. Here was a private eye who had a human side and spent the bulk of his time figuring out whodunnit rather than going around Dashiell Hammett style with violence at every turn. I agree with the other reviewers who would have like more on the Rockford files part of Garner's life. Still he does have a chapter set aside for Rockford.

The book brought to mind - and this is a paraphrase - of the guy who does not want to die with a well preserved corpse. Rather he comes to his end completely worn out and with his last breath he says "What a ride!"

This is a great Memoir. Accordingly, well worth 5 stars.
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5.0 su 5 stelle James Garner - a class act in his career and his integrity in life. 21 settembre 2016
Di Math Coach - Pubblicato su
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This is an interesting read. I have always loved the movies and TV show with James Garner. He seems very honest about different experiences in his career and he does it with humor and keeps you wanting to know more. I think he and his wife would be the type of people who would be the kind of friends you would enjoy and could trust. He does have a temper on the golf course but it seems it is mostly at himself for some of his shots and the reader feels connected through his memories of those memories he wrote. I loved his TV shows, but I have two favorite movies....."Murphy's Romance" and "The Notebook". His life was lived with being honest, loved his family, and his ability to make us feel like we knew his characters because of his acting skills. It is a charming book about his childhood, his beginnings in the industry, and how he respected and loved his wife. If you enjoyed his acting, I think you will enjoy this book......fine job!
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5.0 su 5 stelle James Garner autobiography: Not one to miss! 18 ottobre 2016
Di Beth Hegedus - Pubblicato su
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This is a great autobiography. I had no idea James Garner was such a simple, yet complex, actor. The happy go lucky guy you see on TV is not the real man; he perfected his easy going acting persona after years of work. Lucky for us, this book takes you from his beginnings in Oklahoma to the searching days of his teenage years to the Korean war -- and how he became a star overnight (with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek). Garner more than paid his dues, and throughout his career, became known as a guy who gave it all to whatever part he was playing. But just as deeply as he worked in Hollywood, he was a devoted family man to his wife and daughters. I never saw him in Maverick so that will be my next entree into the world of James Garner. I have recently just started to watch The Rockford Files -- and have never laughed and been scared at the same time. With great directors and producers, Garner surrounded himself with the best. And for me, the coup de grace, was having Dame Julie Andrews (his dear friend) give the introduction to this bio. Definitely a keeper!
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5.0 su 5 stelle James Garner In His Own Words 25 dicembre 2015
Di J.L. Populist - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
This book is James Garner telling about his life from a difficult childhood to present day.
The whole book is quite candid. There are a few surprises, but you get a feel for who the star of "The Rockford Files" really is.

Some of the reasons I really enjoyed James Garner's memoirs:
He talks bout his childhood and his hometown.
Interesting recollections of some of the actors he worked with during his long career, both in television and the big screen.
He lists the actors he considers his mentors.
The physical toll doing a successful television series.
His philosophy or approach to acting.
His battle with the studio.

I always liked "The Rockford Files" and found that this book revealed an actor every bit as interesting as the character he played.