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Harpo Speaks! di [Marx, Harpo, Barber, Rowland]
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' Prescribed reading for any Marxist' -- Punch

'...when I began to write comedy, it was their influence that moulded my style. Sanith was out, logic was out, creative lunacy was in' -- Spike Milligan

'A wealth of good stories and practical jokes' -- New Statesman

'Whenever Mr Marx touches the keys of his typewriter or reminicses verbally, he stops becoming an actor and becomes an enviably competent, racy and descriptive reporter' --The Times


(Limelight). "This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal . "A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber." New York Times Book Review

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Se c'è qualcuno che vuole avvicinarsi ai fratelli Marx e capire la loro storia e come sono arrivati a essere Groucho, Chico e Harpo, questo è decisamente il libro fatto per lui.
Cominciando dal fatto che Harpo sceglie di scrivere in maniera leggera, mai banale, veloce nel seguire tutte le peripezie che sono accadute alla famiglia Marx, e di sicuro questa scelta di linguaggio è vincente. Ma è vincente anche il fatto che questo libro non è affatto la solita autobiografia di una star sul viale del tramonto: nel libro è chiaro l'intento di Harpo di condividere con il lettore quelle grandi emozioni che l'hanno investito durante tutti gli anni.
Harpo Speaks è un libro divertente, commovente, di sicuro un grande libro, scritto da un grande uomo.
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Bellissima autobiografia che, oltre a ricostruire approfonditamente la personalità del più silenzioso dei fratelli Marx, ci porta all'interno della vita professionale di questi grandissimi comici, mostrandoci il loro modo di lavorare e il modo in cui sono nate alcune delle loro gag più spassose.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fascinating and endearing account of a bygone world 26 novembre 2015
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Others summarize the book well enough that I don't need to do it. I love good stories about people - how they survive, how they learn, how they feel about things and how they see the world. Harpo's life is amazing, and he shares a view of the U.S. and the world that most of us never hear or read about: the days of Vaudeville, the depression, the realities of crime and politics for the working class, pre-war Russia and Germany, the esoteric workings of exclusive clubs and societies. His humility is endearing, as is his ability to talk in depth about so many famous people, their quirks and foibles, and still leave an impression of humanity and charm. No spite. No cruelty. No dirty laundry.
I have read biographies and memoirs by celebrities still living, and been completely turned off by their egotism and pointless name-dropping.
Harpo's love of the people he lived with, worked with, played games and gambled with feels honest. As a fan of Oscar Levant, I was touched by Harpo's accounts of the time they spent together. No one is perfect. No one is altogether sane, rational, or "normal."
The way he speaks of his wife is probably the only element I found a little odd, as if a lot was being left out, obscuring the full picture. Still, it's his book, his story, the way he wants to say it.
I'm just glad it's there for the rest of us to enjoy.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Without a doubt my favorite memoir 12 settembre 2015
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I don't know why I love this book so much. I love it the way some people love puppies or rain storms or sunsets. It is a natural wonder and I still daydream about it years after my first reading.

Just to let you know, I read it in a car on a cross-country journey. When I was at the wheel and couldn't read, I thought about it.

Harpo was born in 1888 (Can you believe that long ago?) He was the second oldest child of Frenchie, a kind-hearted tailor who was good at many things except tailoring, and Minnie. Minnie was the driving force in the family. Her brother was a famous vaudevillian. So when her family needed money (Frenchie really was not a good tailor), she turned her boys into a vaudeville act. She was part of the act early on, and I think Gummo. But the lineup gelled with Chico (pronounced Chick-o, not Cheek-o), Harpo and Groucho, with youngest brother Zeppo added later and cast as the romantic, good-looking Marx in the earliest movies.

Harpo begins his story in the heated, loud atmosphere of turn-of-the-century New York. The streets were teeming with recent immigrants, among which were the older Marx family members. He really brings this era to life and there is an incredible scene in which he describes how the poor kids caught the Giants games from a hill.

Some of the best writing is devoted to his wonderfully quirky and loving family. Chico can't stay away from the chicks and the cards. Groucho has a fork for a tongue and a secret wish to be an author. Frenchie is bungling customer orders, but everyone likes him too much to make a fus. Minnie is holding the family together and making plans for the future.

Harpo is his own best character. He loves harp, is really tight with Chico and, when they finally start performing in vaudeville, gets booed when he delivers lines like lead balloons. That experience led him to develop the puckish mute persona familiar to fans of the movies.

There is too much in the book to waste your time telling you about it. How can you describe a book that is pure joy? But Harpo was there the early immigrant experience, the heyday of vaudeville, the first talkies, the golden years of Hollywood, the Roaring Twenties, the Algonquin Club, the Depression and the Cold War. He captures all of it with an insider's eye for anecdote.

One of the best scenes takes place on a boat in Oct. 1929 when he loses everything but his shirt in the stock market crash. He and the others with him play a game that gets referenced near the end of the book in a poignant and utterly happenstance reunion.

When Harpo died, his brothers felt a crushing loss. Those who knew him did because he was that rare light that made the world around him a brighter, warmer place. When I finished the book, I felt the sun go down inside me.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fabulous stories of the Hollywood that meant something 3 settembre 2015
Di Sue J - Pubblicato su
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What an interesting life! Recommended for anyone who (a) loves the Marx Brothers or (b) is interested at all in the people of the era. From the famed Algonquin Round Table to country clubs in Hollywood, this is the story of how a 2nd grade drop out became best friends with the likes of Alexander Woolcott, George Bernard Shaw, and Maxim Litinov. Fascinating book full of wonderful stories that will have me searching for biographies of his friends for years to come.
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5.0 su 5 stelle What a wonderful book about a wonderful man and his family and ... 25 gennaio 2017
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What a wonderful book about a wonderful man and his family and friends! It was a rollercoaster ride through Harpo's life with all its zaniness and ups and downs. His remarkable mother, Minnie was a delightful influence on him and his brothers. His cheerfulness and sunny disposition were a big part of his successful life. The chapter on Oscar Levant was hilarious. This book makes you feel like you were privileged to peek into his private life. A decent man and a fine father, husband, and a true friend, Harpo Marx was!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Honk! Honk! 11 gennaio 2002
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Autobiographies are usually enjoyable for one of two reasons. The author can possess an engaging style that piques the reader's interest regardless of the material. On the other hand, the author may have lead such an interesting life that the subject matter is fascinating despite their ability to spin a good yarn. Fortunately, in the case of HARPO SPEAKS! both conditions are satisfied, creating a well-written, intriguing look at one of the more interesting characters of the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Harpo Marx was famous for being the silent clown who never uttered a word during any of the dozen or so Marx Brothers movies. However, his story is quite a fascinating one. I'll admit to being slightly surprised at exactly how engaging the prose style of this book was. Having no idea what he sounded like, even in scripted movie conversation, I was curious as to how he'd come across in print. Fortunately, either he or his co-author, journalist Rowland Barber, was quite good at the art of storytelling. The reader really feels close to the action, as though one were really there. It's a simple and straightforward style, but it's one that is quite effective.
As I mentioned, the events of Harpo's life were extraordinary in themselves. Quite literally a rags-to-riches story about a group of vaudeville brothers who made it very big, this book is excellent at reconstructing those early days when they rarely had enough to eat, but always had a laugh and a game of cards to pass the time. The autobiography goes into great detail about his early childhood, from being literally thrown out of school (from a first floor window) and never returning, to every lousy part-time job that he had. The book spends quite a lot of time detailing the various schemes that Harpo and Chico (at that age, they were often mistaken for twins) had to try to make the largest amount of money possible while doing the smallest amount of work. Each method is equally hilarious, as are the attempts by Harpo to spend, or hide the resulting cash before Chico had a chance to "re-invest" it.
Much of the chronicle of his adolescence and early adult life centers on traveling on the road with his brothers and getting booked into a variety of theatres and clubs. Being on the road meant very little time to oneself, so we get a real sense of the relationship that existed between the members of the Marx family. Although this portion of the book is the most heavily involved in his stage performance, a great deal of time is still spent talking about different ways the Marx Brothers found themselves relaxing between shows. That means that there are a lot of anecdotes about card games, but don't worry -- the stories are wonderful.
The sections dealing with his adult life revolve more around his friends than on the work he was doing with his brothers on the silver screen. Fortunately, Harpo was mixing with some fascinating people, and you hardly miss the lack of discussion about his movie career. His descriptions of the time he spent during the '20s make for fascinating reading. Who would have guessed that Harpo Marx, the clown who ran around in a slashed raincoat, was mixing with intellectual heavyweights such as George Bernard Shaw and Alexander Woolcott? Even after the market crash and the end of that decedent decade, there are numerous amusing anecdotes, my favourite being the occasion that Harpo ended up being a spy for the U.S. Government, smuggling secret documents out of the Soviet Union.
The majority of the final few chapters deal with his wife and children. It's quite obvious that he cared deeply for his family, and one gets the impression that talking about them in this way is his equivalent of showing us his cherished family photographs. While this has the tendency to be slightly tedious in places, Harpo's enthusiasm is contagious. It's fascinating to see him learning lessons from his own childhood and from his children.
HARPO SPEAKS! is quite a recommended read for anyone, whether they're a Marx Brothers fan or not. Harpo's adventures make for wildly entertaining reading. Even during his later years of declining health and diminishing energy, Harpo never stops seeming like a kid who never grew up, yet one who was never childish or petty.
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