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Memoirs of an Amnesiac (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 dic 1987

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18 di 19 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle What happened after Marilyn Monroe became Kosher? 12 ottobre 2006
Di Bernard M. Patten - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
My son had to explain (to my wife) the joke behind the title. An amnesiac can't remember and a memoir is a written record of memories. Hence, a contradiction, but still a great title and an emblematic preview of what's to come when you read this book. And you do want to read this book because Oscar Levant is unique, funny, honest, interesting, and weird. He is the kind of person that you want to read about because he seemed to know everyone who was anyone in American music or in American film and of course he has the inside scoop on those people including Harpo Marx, Louis Mayer, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg, Dorothy Parker, Paul Whiteman, Judy Garland, Arturo Toscanini, and Harry Truman. Oscar Levant, as SN Behrman said, is the kind of person that if he had not existed, could not be imagined. Yes, he's that bad. Because he is brutally honest about his life, his loves, his obsessions and compulsions, his drug addictions and his music and friends, we have here a real-life true quill biography that takes no prisoners and lacks the usual apology or gloss or pastiche so common these days. Brutal honesty - that's the ticket. Oscar has to tap eight times to get water from the faucet. He has to tap eight times to shut the water off. He needs to name each street his limo passes and if he misses the name, his driver has to circle back to get the name. He will throw away a pack of cigarettes if someone talks while he is opening the pack. His wife, June, (her title should be Saint June) who picked up the pieces after each nervous breakdown, still must have a separate waste paper pail in each room so that she doesn't contaminate the waste paper in his pail. When Oscar had his heart attack, he had to go through all his night time rituals before he could get into bed for the doctor to check him. In short - a real nut case. And yet, and yet, a world-class pianist, composer, television and film personality who led a life well lived. You wouldn't want him in your home for dinner unless, of course, he kept his mouth shut and just played his marvelous interpretations of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which, incidentally, I am listening to right now. Ah, genius, - it has its problems and it has its pleasures.
5.0 su 5 stelle Early on he describes his childhood which was certainly unique but sad to read of - developing his marvelous skill at ... 20 dicembre 2014
Di George C. Koch - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Very enjoyable. Being 79, I well remember Oscar Levant from his films and television appearances.
And, of course, his musical talent which always engaged me. His mordant humor is sprinkled through the book and the various chapters relate to his encounters and opinions of the composers, conductors and symphonic orchestras of his time, his ventures into
film where he often created his own dialogue, and the final chapter relates to his chronic depressing years of drug addiction.

Early on he describes his childhood which was certainly unique but sad to read of - developing his marvelous skill at the piano and there is a central chapter that relates to his close friendship with George Gershwin and the Gershwin family. The book prompted me to purchase "A Talent for Genius - The Life and Times of Oscar Levant" - a well written biography of this talented and tortured man.
4.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable autobiography by one of America's unique musical/entertainment personalities. 6 aprile 2013
Di Mhtuba - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The jokes are great and the addiction stories are painful to read. It helps to get your hands on some of Levant's recordings/videos to put his talent in perspective with his sense of humor. Levant's been gone for a while so a couple of generations of musicians (pianists in particular) may be unaware of what a spectacular musician he really was.

His take on on some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century are at once insightful and hilarious - and a great counterpoint to the stodgy textbook and liner notes versions young musicians are likely to encounter in today's teaching.

Levant has the gift of a good storyteller and the book reads easily - you'll smile a lot while reading it; the zingers are just great and remind us of an age where real wit counted for something.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Oscar Levant 27 marzo 2014
Di Clarence De Barrows - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Interesting reflection on the life of a gifted individual who collapsed into disfunction as a result of personality propensities which were ultimately to lead to drug addiction and subsequently just about a total loss of the ability to function as a normal person. Of course, Levant was not a normal person. He was a genius who succumbed to his own idiosyncrasies. That said, he was a man to admire for his monumental talent at the piano and his sharp wit. A tragic ending to a brilliant career.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great Book - Great Seller! 27 ottobre 2015
Di craquehore - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This book is so good! Laugh after laugh!
The seller is great as well, prompt and the book, even though it's out of print, came to me flawless. Highly recommended book and seller!