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Anything Goes Paperback – March 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I think what I liked best was that he was open and honest about himself, right down to humiliating moments. There was no catty gossip about other people, only a great love of his family, his partner, friends, and life itself. The pictures are great, too.
It's a quick read, so spend a few hours with Barrowman. It'll make you feel good.
Yes, Mr. Barrowman has an ego, and rightfully so. Why shouldn't he? He won the gene pool lottery hands down! He's an exceptional entertainer, which by definition requires a larger than life personality and he's boldly breaking all the stereotypes. The whole point of an autobiography is to give the reader the unvarnished truth and this book accomplishes that with great warmth and humor.
Like he says. . . his ending is not yet written. I'm most definitely staying in my seat for the second act!
My Review: One knows what one is getting with celebrity memoirs, right? Whitewash, excuses, justifications, and a little catty score-settling. It takes a pretty damned big ego to write an "autobiography" (which this ain't, it's a memoir) in the first place; to do it before the age of sixty is, well, it's a bit uppish.
Yeah, so what, pretty people get to do what they want. And Barrowman is nothing if not pretty. Very pretty. Very very pretty. That he is also a talented actor, a fine musical-theatre singer, and a high-maintenance mess of a man makes it all the more fun that he didn't wait to write the book (with his sister, Carole). He takes it upon himself to tell us the tale of what brought Clan Barrowman from Glasgow to Illinois, what made the clan tick, and what happened as a result of this daring and quite unsettling move, made in the Malaise Years of the middle 1970s.
Wait. Make that, he tells us the tale of what happened to John of the Clan Barrowman. This is a book that relentlessly focuses on John Barrowman, contextualizing his life with the necessary information, but skimping on the lives and times of the other people in his orbit. Quite forgivable in a memoir; less so in an autobiography, which is more about the life-and-times, less about the lifestyle.
He's not forthcoming with details of his personal life, eg what his feelings were, what his thoughts were, around his coming out.Read more ›
All that said, some of the photos are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of the warm, loving family environment in which John Barrowman was raised. It sounds as if he has a fantastic family, and they must be extremely proud of him. He shares his love and pride of family (past and present, including his partner) in his memoirs, which is so very refreshing to read. As I said earlier, I had no idea that John has had such an incredible musical and acting career prior to the Doctor Who/Torchwood programs, but I am totally impressed by his list of accomplishments. I felt the stories were told with humor and a great deal of self-awareness which made it easy to imagine the person behind the stories.
My greatest disappointment with this book was not in the stories themselves, but in the lack of enough stories about John's experiences while filming Doctor Who and Torchwood. Those were the shows that led me to discover this book in the first place. I realize now that there's a lot more to John Barrowman than just those two BBC shows, but I still would have liked to have heard more about them in addition to the other great stories of the life and experiences of John Barrowman. (I did like the note about the coat lengths, though. I'll have to pay attention the next time I watch Captain Jack Harkness in action.)
Overall, it told me a lot I didn't know about this talented performer. It's a good autobiography. It just didn't tell me enough about the things I wanted to hear most, and that's why I only gave it three stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book about John Barrowman who is one of my favorite screen actors of today.Published 18 days ago by Vincent Doraz
Still reading but comes across very much like John himself is sitting there having a conversation with you, telling his story. Lots of delightful humor and refreshing frankness. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia P. Vance
Loved the easy way this book is written, much like John speaks. A little manic at times but full of inside tidbits. A delight.Published 12 months ago by Reading Lady
I loved from the start, I couldn't put it down! I hope he writes more books like these!Published 13 months ago by Courtney
Such an intimate portrait of his life and you really feel as though he's telling you all this in his living room with a vodka tonic in hand. The stories were sweet and funny. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Juliana Howell
Wonderful biography of entertainer (singer, dancer actor) John Barrowman. The book is written with a wonderful off kilter sense of humor but the writers (John writes with his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JMW
Very insightful and candid look at the life of a celebrity. John Barrowman using his gifted wit and love of life, gives great a background look at the entertainment business. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lois Kay Elkington