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- Publisher: Random House (a) (December 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394297490
- ISBN-13: 978-0394297491
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,178,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are You Lonesome Tonight?
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Lucy had her first baby at age 12 and by age 17 she had 3 children. She wanted to keep people from finding out the age she was when she was married, and the ages of her children. Because she felt these were dark things, things to be deeply ashamed of. To her young, traumatized mind, she felt she had a dark past, when in fact, she was innocent and needed the world of help, and the darkness was done to her by others.
As a result of feeling such deep shame and feeling she was responsible for the dark things that were done to her, she lived her life in great fear, always guarded, and felt she had to be as secretive as possible. At her age and at that time she did not feel secure enough to let people find out. She thought she would be judged and condemned and thought of as "not good enough". This is very unfortunate. I don't know what the people of that era would have said or done. I am certain in this era she would be seen as an innocent, abused child.
It is with this state of mind that Lucy lived her life. It is possible she was able to keep secrets very well because of her extreme fear.
She said she met Elvis when she was 16 and he was 18. That was the year Elvis graduated from high school - 1953. She said they were in love and he wanted to marry her, that they did take their vows in the presence of God. He called her Desiree, which in French means desired one.Read more ›
When I sat down to read it, I expected to read some sort of unbelievable yet entertaining delusional fantasy about Elvis, but was surprised that the story and all the facts in the book were actually very believable and possible.
Some find it hard to believe that such secrets could have been kept for so long, but times were different then. People did keep secrets because there were so many things that were looked upon as shameful and disgraceful during that era. Everything is different today because of the media and paparazzi, but back then, private lives were kept private and Ms. de Barbin's reasons for keeping this affair to herself are completely valid.
The facts in the book mesh with everything else I've learned about Elvis over the years and even answer a few unanswered questions that I'm sure many Elvis fans have wondered about.
Read it for yourself before you form your opinion.
It is a wonderful love story as well as a gift to Elvis fans everywhere.
P.S. As far as the eye color debate goes...I have blue eyes and both of my parents' eyes are BROWN. Go figure.
First of all there are a number of "facts" in her book which are verifiably not true. During one of her supposed secret meetings with Elvis (during his trip to meet with Richard Nixon), she describes him as being dressed "wildly" in a purple suit. She obviously lifted this piece of info from Albert Goldman's book, because both Elvis' bodyguards at that time and photos clearly show that he was dressed in black, not purple.
Secondly, she writes that one day in 1953, she rode a rented horse up to the mountains in Memphis and lo and behold here comes Sir Lancelot (Elvis) riding up behind her where the spend the night together up there. Uh, the only place you could rent a horse in Memphis in 1953 was the local fairgrounds and the horses were NOT allowed off the property.
Plus, it is a well-known fact that Elvis had a major problem having sex with a woman who had had children. Something inside him, just turned off. This subject was dealt with in the books "Elvis, What Happened"? by his bodyguards, and in "Elvis and Me" by Priscilla Presley. Elvis was greatly attracted to innocent young girls, not women who looked like they had been run through the mill. Sorry, but that was just his way.
what really nailed her coffin is when she was on a talk show several years ago with her daughter Desiree. Someone asked what colour Ms. Barbin's eyes were. She said "brown". She was then asked what colour Desiree's eyes were. She said "green". It's a well known fact of course, that Elvis had blue eyes. What's not so well known is that it's genetically impossible for someone with brown eyes and someone with blue eyes to have an offspring with green eyes.Read more ›
Also NOBODY knew anything about this womans existance in Elvis' life. Even if his boys werent there, paparazzi's were constantly following him including his fans. Theres NOT one picture of them together, the pictures in this book are her and her family and then pictures of Elvis that everyone has seen already but not one of him AND her. Wouldnt you think there should be pictures, at least ONE,of a 24 year relationship??
Also Elvis couldnt keep secrets! He would tell somebody about anything that was going on. Especially his mom since "they met" when his mom was still alive & if his mom knew she probably wouldve told his dad about it too.
And what a coincidence that she planned to finally tell Elvis about his daughter, he dies. Also when she planned to take Desiree to meet Vernon, he dies too. LOL are you serious??
It was also known that Elvis would get bored of a girl after dating a few years. After that he always wanted someone new. How could he not get bored of seeing a girlfriend only a few times in the past 24 years??
But if any of this IS true, im positive she was ONE of the love's of his life, not THE love of his life. He had too many and made all of them feel like they are his #1 girl.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a believer. It kind of explains some things. Great read. I am and always be an Elvis fan. This book confirms qhyPublished 17 months ago by Paula Burgess
I have read this book many times, enjoy it more each time. I truly believe Lucy's story - Desiree looks so much like her father, beautiful! Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by L. Sigmon
I can't believe this is at all true. It would have gotten out in the early days... Or even in the book written by Red West and his mates in 1977... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Les
I tried to read this with an open mind. From the start, it just seemed highly unlikely to me. While I believe she knew him, possibly an affair, maybe a fling, I don't believe she... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by 3pugz
So glad I could get the book. I loaned my first copy out and never got it back. Glad I could replace it, and the book is in great condition.Published on June 20, 2013 by Lynne Platt
Are You Lonesome Tonight gives us a new look at the life of Elvis Presley. It is genuinely felt and reaches into the true feelings of what it must have been like to be Elvis with... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Roxanne Perri
After reading this book, I am still wondering if its true. How can such a secret be kept by so many of Elvis' "friends" when they were with him 24/7? Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Les
After reading about 20 Elvis books, I know this story is absolutely true. Perhaps the times and places are not 100% accurate but that is irrevelant. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Rosie