I live in the states and I've been listening to the gervais clan pretty religiously for about 4ish years now. I constantly check up on new things coming out because I cannot get enough of these guys. They are smart and funny and make up a dynamic team that as far as I know about-nothing else compares. There is a definite evolution in their relationship with each other since the old radio days but these audio books never disappoint. If you crave the old stuff go to youtube. Every single radio show is on there in parts.
I thought that splitting the two story lines to be slightly distracting and left the impact of both stories a bit soft and droning. It felt as though the moment I was engulfed into one story line it would end and I would have to begin again. Well written no doubt and fascinating material but I felt that it didn't quite deliver. I usually am more into the book than the film but I am looking forward to how the film develops.
Here is what I have to say about this book: I came of age in a middle class, small town Wisconsin family in the 90's and Roseanne was the backdrop I remember so vividly coming through the small silver television off of our kitchen. I recently rewatched a lot of the Roseanne episodes and was so stunned to see what an impact she had on my life as I transitioned into woman hood and left home at the age of 17. Being oblivious to the drama that surrounded her only hearing snippets and vague stories Roseanne was never tarnished to me as a budding lady nor did I give a crap about how she sang the national anthem. She meant a lot to me in those years, and looking on her now I am awed by her strength and her voice. I imagine things were pretty horrible for her in her personal life, as she thoughtfully, beautifully, and sometimes wing-nuttily looks back on the in this book. But I am filled with admiration for her now as I was then. Cutting through the one dimensional media circus that surrounded her, her failed and sad marriages, she reveals her truth, and I am happy to have read it. She truly took one for the team that is womanhood and I am grateful. She above any knows that television doesn't reflect real people, nor does the media reflect the true opinions of people, because they never told the real story, which is this: I loved her, and we all did.
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