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Clark Gable: Tormented Star Hardcover – December 14, 2007
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Having read Brett's last two books on Joan Crawford and Valentino, I honestly expected exactly what I got. Fortunately, for the price of a cup of coffee I read this at my local bookstore and didn't waste my money. Brett is incapable of throwing a book together without relying heavily on movie magazine articles and other people's research and/or previously published pieces. That is where his 'facts' begin and end. Then he conjures up some good stories which involve people who have long been dead and cannot sue him for slander. Unfortunately, Brett can't even get his dates right and has a serious problem with places, too. He refers to Gable attending an event at the 'Bilton'. Guess he meant to say the 'Biltmore'. As for Gable's ranch in Encino, it becomes 'Encinal'. Brett also points out that Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford were originally going to be included in an article about Hollywood's Unmarried Couples except he failed to realize that they had already been married for quite some time. Brett also states that Clark Gable rests between Carole Lombard and Kay Gable at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Great Mausoleum. Totally false as Kay Gable was interred a few tiers away from Clark.
The lowest blow comes in the last chapter when Brett questions Gable's son's paternity and the morals of Kay Gable.
Please don't buy this book. I'd hate to see anyone make money off of this trash.
The worst aspect of this book is the writing. Often I found myself having to reread entire sections because of the illogical sequencing---within a paragraph! Bret would often reference someone or something that he forgot to clarify beforehand. It was maddening.
The book also seems to have not been edited; there were many basic spelling and grammar errors that an elementary student would have caught.
He is sadly deluded. His whole enterprise banks on the fact that when dealing with the dead, there are no laws of criminal libel. The dead have no rights or recourse of redress to their reputations. However, there should, and must be, a law against criminal ineptitude. Libeling the dead aside, Bret's books characteristically exhibit the equally serious offences of terrible writing, frequent misprints, misspellings,
misstatements of fact, bad taste, and - worst of all - an almost supernatural lack of acquaintance with correct research methods. All of which means that if you are a serious-minded person who wants to discover something about a major film star of the past, buy CLARK GABLE: TORMENTED STARS at your own peril. You will learn almost nothing about William Clark Gable, figure of Hollywood history, but everything about David Bret, frustrated celebrity hanger-on and would-be literary mover and
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The only redeeming quality about this piece of junk is to turn it into a parlor game entitled "How many mistakes can you find per page?" Waste of time, money, and eyestrain. I would'nt even give this book away; it would be too embarrassing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible! This book would have tormented him. I had to trash it. Basically it's a libelous detail of Gable sleeping through Hollywood with rotten teeth and bad breath. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joyce L. Buckley
Brief and not overly informational. A must for Gable fans but not as good as THE LIFE OF CLARK GABLE.Published 20 months ago by CAK
One of the best bio I've ever read. It is straight forward, and just one book I could never put down. Will read this author's books!Published 21 months ago by debra herringdine
David Bret is one of those authors whose careers rely on a single legal fact -- when someone has died, you can't be sued for raking muck about them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. A Solinas
Discusting. The author seemed to dwell on everyone being homosexual and needed to glorify each encounter. I don't mind a little sex in a book , but this was over the top. Read morePublished 22 months ago by vicki jamieson
Reading David Bret’s homosexual fantasy about Clark Gable is equivalent to listening to a dance hall girl sing a bawdy tune out of key. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tom McNulty
What a piece of TRASH!!!! No research, just wishful thinking on the Author's part. If you happen to be Gay, nothing wrong with that. But this would be a great fantasy. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Patrick M. Luci
As another reviewer so perfectly put it, one star is too many. Unbelievable garbage. David Bret's tone in writing this is palpably malicious. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by K. L. Hanson