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My Lush Life Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758202229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758202222
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,493,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hollywood siren Tallulah Morehead spills the beans and many a tumbler of alcoholic libations in her raunchy "autobiography." Comedy writer and first-time novelist McEwan casts himself as a character in this spoof of the celebrity tell-all-he's the starstruck ghostwriter dutifully taking notes as Tallulah, aged 103, shares her memories of the licentious, alcohol-soaked golden age of Hollywood. Was she really Kaiser Wilhelm's love slave? Is she a lesbian? ("I like men as much as the next guy.") How many husbands did she have? (Even she's not sure.) Was she really the model for Gloria Swanson's role in Sunset Boulevard? And why did Morehead marry so many homosexuals? The boozy, oversexed goddess sets the record straight to the best of her hazy recollection, describing her childhood as a vaudeville sensation ("Baby Tallulah, the World's Youngest Bar-tender") and her madcap ascent to stardom as a silent screen diva. Her colorful descriptions of venerable Hollywood partying are filled with less than subtle double entendre ("Louie B. Thalberg was wasting no time in plucking me from obscurity; indeed, the very afternoon we met... we went up to his room so I could read some scenes, and Louie pretty much plucked my brains out") and in-jokes about both contemporary and old-time celebrities. You can see some of the punch lines coming from miles away, but this audacious and over-the-top sendup is still great fun for Hollywood junkies.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hunter400 on November 4, 2003
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What starts out as fresh and witty soon becomes tedious. There is no doubt that McEwan posses a wicked sense of humor. However instead of capitalizing on it the reader is "treated" to the same joke over and over and over.
Is it funny? Yes. Is it worth reading? Probably not. Which is unfortunate cause the book has a tremendous amount of promise.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tmp VINE VOICE on January 27, 2004
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After finishing the 325 odd pages of Douglas McEwan's groaner of a book, he asserts that this was "the best writing of my life"

Live longer, babe.

There's a lot of mention in reviews of this book (and in the afterword) of it's similarities to Patrick Denis' "Little Me". This ham-handed, ulimately tedious mock-bio of self-centered boozy nympho Tallulah Morehead bears a resemblance to Dennis' hilarious mock-bio of self-centered boozy nympho Belle Poitrine only in the heroines self centeredness, booziness, and...well, do the math. While McEwan relies on cheesy, borscht-belt jokes that are repeated, and repeated, and repeated, Dennis relied upon the conceit that his mock bio was a dead on parody of the autobiographies of practically every star from the golden era. Not to say that I didn't get a few chuckles out of "My Lush Life", but they were few and far between. I mostly rolled my eyes and groaned. Since you can get "Little Me" in a reprint now, if you are in the market for a mock-bio about an immoral, talentless booze-bag who stumbles into stardom, well, "Little Me" is the Filet, and "My Lush Life" is the Happy Meal.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fred Lippert on February 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can appreciate how "My Lush Life" by Douglas McEwan may frequently, if not almost always, be under-appreciated, undervalued, even trivialized and minimized.
The book, however, is brilliant. McEwan reminds me of Barry Humphries...but a Barry Humphries who has not yet caught on to his audience. McEwan's points are perhaps if anything more subtle than those presented by Dame Edna. Both like and unlike Dame Edna, McEwan exposes hypocrisy and prejudice with a wit and humor and intelligence that does not stop. To view his work as tailored for the gay population, which I suspect it almost always is, misses the point of this extraordinary writer entirely. He is addressing issues that deeply touch us all - alcoholism, depression, denial, superficiality, bias, abuse - and he does this in as creative a way as I have seen. I am most impressed with this first novel and sincerely hope that McEwan succeeds in finding a wide audience to benefit from what he has to contribute. I'm eagerly awaiting his next novel.
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