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After I have read this book, I was angry with people, who either dismissed this book as Jim Huttons's weepy-cheesy attempt to make a quick buck from FM's death, or who ran Hutton down for "breaking confidentiality", by telling the TRUTH in this book. Both of those groups of poeple are COMPELETELY WRONG. Firstly, I, too, found this book a bit weepy in style, but later I realized that it was through no fault of Hutton's, but rather book's editor (Tim Wapshott, if my memory serves my right, who has a general tendency towards "over-dramatizing" things). Publishers, no doubt, also wanted a weepier version, so that people would be willing to buy a book from an unknown man. As for Hutton's atttempt to make money, let me remind you that while FM was alive nobody (public and fans) ever knew, who FM's "husband" was, much less his name...Hutton did not flash in front of the cameras (unlike some lovers of today's celebrities). So, it is unfair to say that Hutton tried to profit with this book. Instead, this book should be seen as his attempt to channel his grief towadrs something positive and to express his own feeings. I, personally, thank him for this book. Obviously, being an honest person, he did not idealize FM in his memories and THAT IS WHAT I LIKED BEST! . Let's also not forget that Hutton himself is affected with HIV, so it is good that we have this book to read, before it is too late. Secondly, people, who were offended by this book's intimate details, well... SORRY, but this is who FM was...Read more ›
I couldn't put this book down. It is revealing. It does share intimate details. It does show the faces of Freddie. It does chronicle his deteriorating condition due to AIDS. It does show the not too flattering behavior of Freddie's inner-circle after his death. Would Freddie have wanted seven years of his life spilled out to the public in printed words? Probably not. Yet, I believe he would have understood Mr. Hutton's need to share this most important and wonderful part of his life with the world. I, for one, appreciate the work he put into this book, including the beautiful candid pictures of Freddie. It must have taken great effort to recall some of the more trying times. It is obvious from reading Mr. Hutton's account of Mary's behavior why this book was criticized by some for its revelations. However, he was very flattering towards her character preceding Freddie's death. Therefore, I believe if his account was false or based on anger towards Freddie's Will, he would have painted a different picture of her throughout the entire book. A super book for those who want to know what Freddie was like and how his illness affected him and those close to him. It was written in a very warm, affectionate, and honest manner.
Just finished this book. I've read both Peter Freestones book and this one and I think I liked this one better. Only because it seemed to flow a little bit better. Personally, I feel Freestone's book was much more respectful of the memories of life working and living with Freddie. Having said that. Do I believe everything that Jim wrote about? Hmmm, I wasn't there so I can't say. But permit me to share my opinions. Do i really believe that Jim had no idea whatsoever who Freddie Mercury was when he first met him? I find that hard to believe. Do I think they had this great love affair? Freddie had a penchant for keeping certain past loves employed by him so though I do believe they did have a romantic relationship, I'm not sure it lasted the full 6-7 years. Some of the things Jim writes about I feel we didn't need to know. That his last two words ever spoken where 'pee, pee', or the details of his final moments on earth. I don't know. It seems almost cruel, I hope that if anyone witnesses my last moments on earth, they have the dignity and respect to keep it to themselves or share only with close family. Some of his comments about freddie seem almost mean spirited, for example: He would put his hand up to cover the lower part of his face, especially when he guffawed like a donkey. Hmmm, I know he had help in writing this, but I would hope he had final say in what would be written in his book, maybe not? I find it interesting that people who are involved/associated with famous people choose to write about them AFTER they are gone. Could it be they know they would be ostrasized/disinherited if they chose to do so while that person is alive. Or maybe there is a law against it? I mean really, this man knew how private Freddie was.Read more ›
First off, I have to say I give this book only four stars because I believe it has elements of dishonesty.(I will go into that at the end of this review) This book seemed to be all about the Me(Hutton), trying to prove to the reader that he was the good guy in the relationship. That he suffered being the background lover to a rock star diva. Which is not true. It is obvious that Freddie Mercury deeply cared about those around him. Time has shown that most of those whom he was so close to did not continue their loyalty after he passed away. Freddie Mercury was human. He had flaws like all of us. Out of all the books I have read on Freddie, this book while at times moving was the most depressing. I know his death forever changed the world. But I would have liked to have seen those who said they cared about him be mature enough to carry on with dignity as he did in life. What this book does show, is that death, money are often the true reason why people react selfishly many times. One thing they all should have taken away from his death was to be generous, not just with money but with your heart. Freddie lavished them with extravagant gifts, yet he was really saying just love me for who I am, not for what the world wants me to be. To love someone behind the scenes, without expectation. I am sick to think that Jim felt slighted in what he called being made homeless by Mary; When in fact, Freddie had already paid for Hutton's home in Ireland before he died. On top of that he was given 500,000 GBP. Also Freddie bought Joe a home in London and left him the same amount. Peter aka: Phoebe, was also given the same amount of money. I found Peter's book aptly titled "Freddie Mercury, An Intimate Memoir of the Man who knew him best," to be the best book of the all of them.Read more ›