I enjoyed it very much because I was at Garden Grove High School while Martin and Walker did their thing. I enjoyed 'filling in the blanks' of my memories of them. I think someone who did not have that experience might not feel the time was as well-spent as I did. But, I'd still recommend they read this book... it was entertaining.
Predictable... this is non-fiction.
Sometimes he seemed a little stiff and the words did not flow as well as I wanted.
Although the events were interesting to me because of my memories, I think Morris could have spent less time talking about Steve's success and all the money he made. That is a given and restating it over an over again gets tedious. I would have enjoyed hearing more about the antics the two of them got into. I remember one of the assemblies when they were running for 'Head Cheerleader' where they came out in a Garden Grove Varsity Sweater with two heads. That was hilarious! I'm sure there were other similar things that could have been put into the book. I also think Morris could have left out much of what he talked about regarding his own personal life.. this book was about Steve Martin after all.
Also, I couldn't help but feel that as many times as Morris talked about Steve's success and all the money he made and said how proud he was of him -- he really felt like he got left behind and was resentful of that. The more he talked about it, the more I felt that way. I feel that way because I saw Morris one day after graduation and well into Steve's successful standup career. I was in a little gallery on Main St. in Garden Grove that was owned by a mutual fried of Morris' and mine, Ron Rayl. I was a good friend of Ron's brother, Tom, and just happened to stop in to see Ron's work. Morris was there and we chatted a bit. I came away feeling like Morris was not very happy about being left in the dust of Steve's successful career.
But, as I said, I enjoyed reading it and I think most people would find it interesting even if they weren't there like I was. I do have to say that being at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach the night Morris talked about Steve's departure out the front door and catching a ride with a stranger brought back a memory I forgot I had. Thank you for that Morris... I'll always remember the great times we had! Oh, by the way, Steve left me in the dust too! Ha Ha!
I really enjoyed the book, but it was more about Guido and his personal life than what I thought should be the main story line - the trial of the accused murderer. Having said that, I'm not sorry I read it. I enjoyed the reading by Sean Barrett and the character development of Guido was enjoyable.
Spoiler Alert! Don't finish this part if you plan to read the book and don't want a clue about the ending.
I was just hoping that there might be a surprise ending or twist that I didn't see coming. The surprise ending was that there was no surprise ending.
Oooops.... I think I answered this above. Better put in a spoiler alert warning.
His reading was excellent - and his Italian is very good.
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