Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.
Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne Gilda Radner. But the core of Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made, some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental, changed the course of his life.
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"A gracious, endearing book....[Wilder] writes with striking candor." (The New York Times)
"Pure Gene Wilder! Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again." (Mel Brooks)
Warm, funny and entertaining.
Gene does a wonderful job of narrating his book. It's like he is sitting next to your telling the story.
I will definitely listen to more of Gene's books if they are narrated by him.
In spite of Mel Brooks review, the book is not funny. It occasionally reaches for amusing. It did make me want to see a few of Wilder's movies again. Mostly the stories are painful to hear but they were interesting enough for me to finish the book.
This book seemed like a boring linear description of all the times Gene Wilder had sex. I was uninterested in his sex life before I heard the book and positively bored by it after. When he gets to the part where he whines that he was no longer having sex with Gilda Radner - because she was fighting stage four OVARIAN CANCER - I wanted to scream at him. What kind of jerk writes that in a book? It's so self-centered and selfish. The writing was pedestrian. Wilder was funny in his films, but I found very little amusing in his book. Sorry I bothered.
I am a huge fan of Gene's work. I started listening to this the day he died as a way to comfort myself. I wasn't disappointed. Gene's innate grace contrasts beautifully with his crass and often foul humor. I loved his honesty about his relationship with Gilda. To many, that is the relationship that defines Wilder. But not to Wilder, who clearly felt his relationship after Gilda was his most significant.
His description of military school was, to me, the most illuminating. An empathetic nature is often born from experiences of cruelty. Though it's uncomfortable to listen to, I felt this gave me the most insight in to what made Gene...Gene.
ug, Facebook makes you happy it makes you sad it makes you sick it makes you cry the most of all he was amazing and it makes you miss him and just wish she was still around
The story is lovely. He reads it with such warmth and humor, it's as if listening to a friend sharing intimate stories from the heart. I love Gene Wilder and this gave me such incredible insight into a complex and kind man. I will listen to it again.
I struggled with finding the right words to describe this book. When I was almost finished, Gene Wilder described it in his own words. This book is real, it's human. It's optimistic and hopeful. I loved it, and I know it will be a book I read several times over my lifetime when I need to find hope.
I loved that he made me laugh out loud. I loved that I loved his voice and how he told/read the story. His voice to me was gently speaking/reading to me that I did not want it to end. I miss him already. Great and touching story, sad, funny, fascinating.
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