I realize that writing the biography of the King must be very difficult, given the complexity and richness of his life, but I must say I was disappointed by this book. There’s a lot of information imbalance...a whole lot is said about Elvis’s childhood and early years, (actually very interesting), we get a huge amount of details on his clothes (kind of boring, almost as if his beauty and looks were all there was to the King of rock and roll), while other aspects of his life go almost unmentioned. Above all, the writer dismisses the last 2 years of his life in about 20 minutes reading. If you’re hoping to find possible explanations or opinions as to why Elvis changed so much, and headed toward self-destruction, you won’t find much in this book. The best the author can say about this is that in his last year of life, Elvis was not himself, and nobody knows why.....
Some aspects are covered very nicely, like his childhood or his relationship to his Mom, but other important facts and people aren’t even mentioned, like his last girlfriend, singer Kathy Westmoreland (who was one of his closest friends), etc. His separation from Priscilla is also dismissed in a few sentences, as if it would have no big consequence on him or her... Lots is said about his promiscuous life, but the fact he was a gentleman, and many of his dates were actually only friends, is not even brought up, contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere.
Elvis’s spiritual side does come across well, but the long and repetitive descriptions of his clothes are twice as prevalent in the book.
One positive note: the reader is excellent!!
It can be a pleasant reading but don’t expect it to be even close to exhaustive. The book is very relaxing, as the author never goes into details about the things that actually bothered Elvis at the end, contributing to his early tragic death, facts that are certainly very sad to hear for those of us who love him.
Zane Grey can undoubtedly write...I like his way of telling the story, full of details of actions and characters' thoughts and feelings. A bit disappointing is the plot; the story unfolds smoothly, without any major surprising event. Except for one important revelation, actually not far from the beginning of the book, the rest is highly predictable. Characters are easy to figure out, and so is the story's course and ending. Certainly a pleasant, relaxing reading, but far from a masterpiece.
I would have preferred a younger voice as the narrator of this story, which mainly involves young characters
All the stereotypes of the most predictable Western stories are there... Really boring to the extreme.
A breathtaking chase with all the characters a great Western needs – outlaws, the brave lawmen, funny old men, a drunkard or 2, charming ladies – yet none of them is a stereotype. A thrilling story with a lot of action but also attention to the psychological and emotional side of characters, and an unpredictable plot.
I was looking for something specificly about the life of Eskimos, and I was lucky to find this title. Just what I wanted: a thorough account of a Westerner's journey into the Arctic, a detailed description of the Eskimo way of life and way of thinking, by a man who lived for 15 months as one of them, not just as a traveler. Not 1 superfluous word. Everything is informative, enriching, and very clearly written. The book is never boring. I also found it to be spiritually enlightening; an insight into a different outlook on life. The author visited the Eskimos in 1938 but I'd guess life in these regions has not changed much.
The narrator is also very good.
This book is a masterpiece. It is perfect for science lovers, comics freaks, or both! And if you aren't either of those, it will intrigue you just the same. The way these 2 fields are combined is a work of art. You learn about so many scientific phenomena - from the life of stars to the life of spiders, from cloning to the paradoxes of time travel - while enjoying the entertaining tales of our most favorites comics superheroes. The language used is simple and at the same time scientifically accurate. The authors are great scientists, which makes the book 100% reliable. The reading is also excellent.
The mathematical and physical concepts of this book carry an extraordinarily deep philosophical meaning: just as a Flatlander could never imagine what it's like to be 3-dimensional, we too may be unable to perceive a different dimension that is there - like perhaps the dimension spiritual beings live in. This gives me hope that there's much more to it than what we have on Earth, which is wonderful but mortal. I've enjoyed this story enormously, both as a nice funny tale and as an inspiration to cling to when I feel discouraged wondering if life has a meaning...
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