Review - Wild Boy: What I want to Tell You by John DuCane
At first I thought these yarns were a wild memoir of a wild youth. Then I thought they were fueled by testosterone. Then I found the slender drug connection. Then I had a negative reaction to all the name dropping. Then I began to see the “dad” stories. I had to go back and look up John DuCane who I knew only as the CEO of Dragon Door.
John DuCane was born and raised in Africa 1949. The wild tales of river crossings and alligators are very probable. Then I found that John DuCane studied at Cambridge University in England. The school stories make sense in the atmosphere.
Then I found John duCane was associated with The London Filmmakers’ Co-op and actually made 34 films from 1972 - 1975. At the same time John DuCane was an advocate of new work by British and international authors and film artists. He wrote weekly previews and articles for “Time Out.” In that role he very probably did actually met and/or interview the many major artists whose names are in bold print throughout the book.
Then I found out John DuCane studied Qigong and T’ai chi with major international leaders in those arts starting in 1975. And I understood the article, actually lived in the orient and cross Europe for several years. Thus the stories of gas siphoning and other stories about Europe.
John DuCane does have children. Thus the far out "dad humor.”
Since 1990 John DuCane has owned Dragon Door Publications, which has become and still is one of the leading fitness publishers in the US.
So then I saw the yarns as a selective autobiography of a successful, creative, energetic Man. And in that light, they all make sense. Yes, the life was fast paced and a “Wild Boy” life. Yes the tales stretch the imagination of the reader. Yes, some of the yarns tell of things many of us tend to hide in our pasts, hoping they fade into the mists. Yes some of the yarns are of the “dad” type humor. Yes, this is a life that could have gone off the rails are many points and probably to a certain extent did go off the rails, but was pulled back. But here is a well told course of a fascinating wild ride of a life. Read in that light, this is wonderful, exciting ride.
The stories are well told, never long enough to be boring, always full of energy and drive.