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Raised Eyebrows - My Years Inside Groucho's House (Expanded Edition) (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 13 ago 2015

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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Fascinating story 9 giugno 2016
Di Debra Allen - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I got this book because it was recommended in one of Dick Cavett's books as being one of the better books about Groucho. I'm glad I did. The author was a longtime fan of Groucho's who ended up not only meeting his idol but working in his house the last three years of the comedian's life. This gave Steve a unique and interesting position to observe and tell this story, one that contains humor, wit, frustration, sadness, and an insightful look into the last years of one of entertainment's most beloved and interesting men.

Steve is a very good writer and does a fine job of portraying this time. While I, of course, was not present in the house during this time, I believe that he does an excellent job of being fair and accurate to all parties involved. I base this opinion on the layered and complex way he portrays people and events in this book. There are no cardboard characters, no demons and no angels. Even Erin Flemming, who is not a sympathetic figure in this accounting (or most others), is portrayed as having some good qualities and as having done some good things for Groucho. There is an epilogue giving an update on the assorted people in the book. I found it as fascinating as the main story.

I was a teenager during the period that Steve worked for Groucho and didn't really pay much attention to the public trials and such that went on at the end regarding conservatorship of Groucho and later his estate so this was all pretty much new to me. I found this part sad but interesting. This is not, however, overall a sad story. The first part is a lot of fun as we vicariously share Steve's excitement at being a fan who gets to not only meet his idol but work with him, first on a project to bring back one of the Marx Brothers' classic films and then as an employee in Groucho's house, answering fan mail and organizing his archives and memorabilia. If that weren't enough, he also gets to meet a wide variety of interesting people through his employment, some famous names you'll recognize and some not.

It's a roller coaster of a time and the story is very well written. If you have any interest at all in Groucho, I urge you to give this book a try. Frankly, even if you're not much of a fan, it's still an interesting tale. You won't regret it.
9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Quintessential Groucho 17 giugno 2013
Di Jake Aurelian / Ripper the Clown - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I find it dumbfounding and absolutely bewildering that anyone--I repeat, anyone--could give this book a low review; Raised Eyebrows is, unquestionably, the best book written about Groucho--and trust me, I've read them all ... and nothing even remotely compares to the loving tribute found in Raised Eyebrows. This book isn't the standard historical overview of Groucho's career, but a personal account of this pop culture icon and Hollywood legend during the latter period of his life ... a rarity in and of itself coupled with the fact that this book is magically and humorously written. Steve's flowing narrative takes the reader back to a different era--one that many of us, such as myself, never experienced--and not only allows the reader to feel and understand that period of time, but also allows the reader to feel as if they are right there in Groucho's home with Steve, helping him inscribe photos (that Groucho personally signed, by the way!) ... experiencing parties amongst Groucho's Hollywood friends ... or feeling sad and retrospective while leaving Groucho's home one last time.

I happened upon the hardcover edition of Raised Eyebrows several years ago; I've read this book approximately once per year, and it's always fresh, always insightful, always comforting, like I'm visiting an old friend. Every time I read Raised Eyebrows, it's like I'm reading it for the first time. When I learned a paperback with an extra chapter was available, I had to buy the new edition for that extra chapter alone ... because I knew it would be--like the rest of the book--gold. The Afterward allows the reader to catch-up with the author and the proverbial cast of characters ... providing updates and closing the book in a bittersweet style with a visit to Groucho's old residence.

Now, two editions of Raised Eyebrows rest on my bookshelf, amid a dozen or so other books about the life and times of Groucho Marx--but none as personal, as loving, as lovingly crafted, as witty and as rare as this memoir from someone who experienced life with a legend.

My only qualm with the new paperback edition is that the photos were not reproduced as sharply as in the hardback; in fact, the photo insert has the feel of washed-out photocopied pages. This is somewhat disappointing, (perhaps my copy was a printing flaw) but I can't allow the photo quality issue to lower my rating--five solid stars for the best book written on Groucho.

If you love Groucho Marx, Raised Eyebrows will make you love him even more; Steve's text is tender, respectful and full of admiration; his love and respect for Groucho are apparent. Groucho has always been a comedic hero to me, someone I wish I had, somehow, been able to spend time with, thusly, I am simultaneously envious and thankful to you, Steve, for sharing your priceless, rare and insightful adventure.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Real-Life Version of "Sunset Boulevard" 7 giugno 2016
Di David Torres - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I've read many books about Groucho, and this is the one I was waiting for. It gives the story of his last few years, the slow descent through the eyes of a young man who worked for Groucho during his last bout of fame in the Seventies. Especially fascinating is his portrait of Erin Fleming. Stoliar refuses to pigeonhole her as a saint or a sinner or sycophant. More than anything else, Stoliar's penetrating look at one of Old Hollywood's last great legends, reminds me of a sympathetic, real-life version of "Sunset Boulevard." Stoliar brings a true affection for his subject, and while his writing style might be criticized as almost conversational, I see his writing as perfectly capturing the closeness that he had to the subject. I see that there is a film version of this in the works. I'm not sure the film will do this justice, as I think this book cannot be topped. Recommended without reservation.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Each page raised my eyebrows and in a good way. 23 aprile 2016
Di hondast1100 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
What a wonderfully well written story of Groucho's last years. Mr. Stoliar a life long Marx Brothers fan somehow helps to reignite the Marx Brothers and Groucho's fame and popularity back into the 1970s via petition for the release of the 1930 movie "Animal Crackers." I was a 10 year old kid living in Santa Monica at the time and also a Marx Brothers fan and remember attending the movie in Westwood. Steve then becomes an employee of Groucho and has an inside view of Groucho's life both good and bad. I just could not put this book down. Each chapter was full of new and exciting events surrounding both Groucho's and Steve's lives. A real insight into Groucho's last days, his happiness, his friends and sadly the issues associated with age and a certain female that had come into his life. Thank you again Steve, this So. Cal kid just loved your book page by page by page.
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent read! 22 novembre 2015
Di L F Anderson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is an excellent book, focused on Groucho Marx's last years, written by someone who was working in Groucho's house during that period and became very involved in the various activities Groucho engaged in, Steve Stoliar is an excellent writer who draws the reader into Groucho's world by providing exquisite detail and thoughtful retrospection. It is written fluidly and is quite enjoyable. He ends the book with a through synopsis of what happened later to those closest to Groucho during that time, this sort of postscript should be undertaken by more authors,

I am very grateful that he wrote this book. I think anyone reading it would feel similarly.