Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions (and the women) flowed in, seemingly without end, and then, on July 24, 1956, 10 years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.
After that traumatic day, the two wouldn't speak again for 20 years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers, Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies, their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man's heart.
In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.
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"Fans will be surprised and entertained by Lewis' honesty and diminished ego and bitterness." (Publishers Weekly)
I found this book incredibly entertaining as an audio book. Of course, it isn't high brow literature but it is interesting, poignant, sad and funny. The reader sounds so much like Jerry Lewis, I had to double check. Lewis reveals a lot about himself in his version of the relationship and the reasons for the break up. He clearly looked up to Martin and craved his approval. The personal and emotional sub-text adds more complexity than would be expected in a book about this show biz duo.
This is an excellent book. I'm not a big Jerry Lewis fan but I found his stories heartwarming, funny, and honest. He was candid about the bad times but was still able look back at the good times with fondness and a sense of humor. A very entertaining read. I had a hard time turning off my IPOD.
I only like to read n0n-fiction. Bio's memoirs, true crime, profiling, History of wars. I'm interested in the truth of things.
No unfortunately, I was so bummed at the way Jerry's ego got in the way of everything and I have loved this man my whole life.
something non-fiction, as always, could be a bio or true crime.
another narrator. he is horrible!
Yes, some of the info on how Jerry grew up was interesting.
IF Jerry had narrated the book himself, maybe I would have enjoyed it more. I own every movie he was ever in, and so bummed that the book dragged and was uninteresting in the way it was read, and edited. Clearly could have been edited down more.
A very well written memoir, at times funny, sad, moving, but always caring. I only knew about Dean and Jerry from what I'd seen on tv, wacky movies and celebrity roasts, but there was so much more. Read this book and you'll be drawn into mid century show business, monkey business, and a complicated yet loving relationship between two legends.
The narration was some of the best work I have ever listened to.
I thought as though I was right there in the room as the conversations were happening. A fly on the wall - so to speak.
Yes it was.
If you are interested in the two primary figures, it is worth your time. If you're not, then it will not be.
He seemed to convey the right tone for what the author was conveying.
It gives you a perspective of the two men you may not have had before, which is kind of the point in a book like this. But learning about them may not always leave the impression of them that you wanted to be left.
I never liked Jerry Lewis, and I'm not old enough to remember the team, but Stephen Hoye's narration makes me want to go and find some old video to see what all the fuss was about. He manages to sound more like Martin and Lewis than they did.
This is, as the subtitle indicates, a love story, and who knows how accurate it is, but it's a picture of a long-lost time, and a tour de force performance.
This book made me feel like I was there. A big thumbs-up to the narrator who succesfully took on the characters without being over-dramatic. The story is honest and touching and very funny. I highly recommend.
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