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Marlon Brando: The Way It's Never Been Done Before Paperback – June 28, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; First Thus edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006083286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060832865
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KPe on December 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Georgie", a contemporary and friend of Marlon's, looks back at many of their encounters and experiences together, over the last 40+ years. The story is framed by the time Marlon is already bedridden and succumbing to a rare lung disease. The reader gets a bit of insight into the actors life and his attitude to money, sex, friends, his father, understanding (rather non-understanding) of his dogs behavior, and finally death. Do not expect a biography by any means: much is "left out", e.g. his marriages, and other personal relationships, as well as much that would be connected to his profession as a famous actor. The author includes aspects of his own life. The book is well written, entertaining, in taste, honest, compassionate.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eternalfriends on August 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Way It's Never Been Done Before

Marlon Brando once said "a friend doesn't write a book about friend." Considering, he is known to be a very private person, he must not like his friends writing about him after his death when he has no way to defend himself. This writer has claimed to be Brando's lifelong friend. Certainly the friendship only lasted during a lifetime. Once, Brando is dead, it is time to betray your friend.

The following is another reader's comment under the same book title but listed separately (I don't know why). I think it is fitting to repeat here.

One would think that George Englund has good reason to regard himself as one of Marlon Brando's closest friends. The two first met in 1956, and remained in touch until the actor's death forty-eight years later. Despite this, I must sadly admit that this book, THE WAY IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH MARLON BRANDO, leaves me with the uncomfortable feeling that Englund's major motivation for keeping the relationship alive on his part, was to assure himself some status as the "friend" of a celebrity. Obviously, I can't confirm whether this was on his mind from the very beginning, but at least I found little in the book to support his claim to be a genuine "friend." To be frank, I'd probably have found the book disturbing regardless of its content; Brando loathed being a celebrity, he could not stand being written about and analyzed, and publicly expressed his disappointment in former friends who'd wound up writing intimate biographies about him.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DS Sloan on April 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I liked this book, but was not over-enthused. It is obviously a book written from one individual's point of view, and events in Brando's life are viewed through this prism. As a starter, I preferred Darwin Porter's Brando Unzipped. Lots of racy gossip and it took my breath away with details of the sheer scale of Brando's womanizing and 'manizing'! Richard Shickel's Brando is less racy but with a more broad-brushed approach.

The beginning of this book seems a little plodding, self-reverential, and a slightly distracting shift from the very late Brando to earlier episodes. But if you persist past the first 15-20 pages, there is an informative and sympathetic perspective on a truly mesmorizing life.
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