- Library Binding
- Publisher: Buccaneer Books (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568492545
- ISBN-13: 978-1568492544
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Book Library Binding – October 1, 1997
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Robert A. Howe
The singular most interesting fact from this book that I will probably never EVER forget is this: After Desi and Lucy were divorced, he called her every night for the rest of his life. They were more than lovers, they were best friends and it seems that the relationship continued, even after the marriage ended.
This book is really a manuscript-length tribute to Lucille Ball. Desi's love and admiration for her shines through its many pages. He is kind to her in this memoir and unlike the poison-pen style of today's celebs, it seems that Desi just wanted the world to know that Lucy really was the amazing, interesting and gifted soul she appeared to be.
It also has some fascinating insights and background about the program and its sequels. Plus, if you want to know the scoop about William Frawley and Vivian Vance (Fred and Ethel), it's all in these pages. Those two really did NOT like each other.
I bought this book (used, cheap) and my little paperback copy arrived tattered and worn , but I couldn't stop reading it. Very well written, very interesting and a real tribute to the star of "I Love Lucy."
I feel a need to endorse what a previous reviewer wrote and say that the way Desi wrote this book it's as though he's telling you a story. I would have accused anyone else of having diarrhea of the typewriter, but you can't help but feel Desi's sitting in the room with you having a casual conversation about everything from his childhood to post-Lucy and he continues the conversation where he left off every time you pick up the book again.
There is none of this contrived wording that permeates and poisons both fiction and non-fiction nowadays about the minute details of things that no one pays attention to in the first place and couldn't be able to recall if their lives depended on it (e.g., "The water was a shimmering blue. The leaves had just turned color and were gracefully swaying as they fell to the fresh asphalt road in front of the house.") Desi complained a few times that his knowledge of English wasn't so good, but I found his way of writing much more readable than many native English-speakers.
Desi starts off by wistfully reminiscing about his privileged life in Santiago de Cuba. Either he called many people to fill in the finer, minute details or he had a hell of a memory. Either way, only he could get away with writing the way he did.
Next he delves into his new life in Miami, Florida and his start in show business. It was breathtaking to see the plethora of now legendary names that he got to work with in those days.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick shipping, but felt "chip" on jacket was a bit large for a chip.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is great he giveyou word for word on his life with Lucy!!!! I got this book to go with my other book Biography On Lucy called Love Lucy they are both great books to read if... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shundra
Stated book was in good condition. It is in less than good condition. Definitely not worth $38.00. Will give it a read and donate to Goodwill who will probably get $5.00.Published 4 months ago by Dana C.
Very readable. Like listening to him tell stories about his life. Energetic, with a sense of humor.Published 7 months ago by Kiadiko
I bought this book because I always loved the Lucy shows growing up but never knew very much about Desi vs Lucy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by pilates lover
Well, Mr. Arnaz wasn't a saint, that's for sure. He was extremely good-looking and talented. Obviously he had an ego to match. Lucy put up with a lot while they were married. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie A. Ball