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Hollywood Animal: A Memoir | [Joe Eszterhas]

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.
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He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood. Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, Joe Eszterhas has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other.

On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll world that is Hollywood. But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain...a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending...an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he's ever fought: the cancer inside him...and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.

This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas: a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.

©2004 Joe Eszterhas; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The story about Mr. Eszterhas and his father, buried at the heart of Hollywood Animal, is a powerful and affecting one." (The New York Times)

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    Ana venice, CA, USA 05-27-04
    Ana venice, CA, USA 05-27-04
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    "Who knew? Joe tells a great tale..."

    I liked this book glad that it's out in audio though. Joe Eszterhas tells a good story. It kept my interest even if we know the ending. The narrator does a pretty good job in trying to pronounce the difficult Hungarian words.

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    M. Dobyns Walnut Grove, MO 04-19-04
    M. Dobyns Walnut Grove, MO 04-19-04 Member Since 2001

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    "Loved this one!"

    I listen to these at work. This one, although long at 28 1/2 hours, kept my interest all the way through! I wanted more so guess I'll have to listen to it all over again soon. He tells so much about the Hollywood he knows so well. I love the details and the "dirt"! Who cares if it's all true or not? well maybe those the told on but they're not real anyhow, are they? His is yet another American success story but it fascinated me! Thanks Joe!

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