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My Anecdotal Life : A Memoir
My Anecdotal Life A Memoir
Author: Carl Reiner
ISBN-13: 9780312311056
ISBN-10: 0312311052
Publication Date: 8/1/2004
Pages: 256
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Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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I have read many Hollywood memoirs and thought I would really like this one since I love Carl Reiner's work and knew he was considered to be a nice guy among my show biz friends. It was fine, but I found it to be too, well, anecdotal. Just brief vignettes of people he had known and things he had done, much of it involving personal rather than show-biz stuff. I am sad to say I was just a bit disappointed - it didn't really hold my interest. I think he wrote a full autobiography about the period when he did the Dick Van Dyke Show that I remember absolutely loving, but it's a long-ago memory and I'm not sure what it was called. This one, alas, only so-so. On the other hand, my husband, who was a writer in Hollywood, liked it much better than I, since he could relate directly to some stories and personalities. This surprised me since he's not much of a reader. I just found it unfocused and just not the best of its genre, for a man who is such a superb comedy writer.
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If you like biographies and remember this generation of tv and movie stars from your childhood I think you will enjoy this book.
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Great memoir! Interesting stories, for those who remember "Your Show of Shows", "Dick Van Dyke Show", and anyone who enjoys Carl's long, humorous writing career. Insights on many show biz folks, including my favorite, Mel Brooks. Good, quick read.