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