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Postcards from the Boys Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 9, 2004
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I purchased a copy of this book for myself as well as one for my brother (as a Christmas present). The quality of the print is excellent where you get to view postcards in great detail (front and back). Many of these will make you laugh and some might even make you cry. It is amazing how reviewing many of these postcards will take you back in time.
The book features reproductions of postcards written by John, Paul, and George to Ringo over the years. On the plus side, the reproductions are done well in this book. They are as clear as they possibly can be I suppose (the problem is usually messy handwriting). Also worth noting is that Ringo includes postcards not only from the 60's while the Beatles were still together, but from the 70's and 80's and on well after their split.
The problem is that only some of the postcards are interesting. Few are particularly revealing. Some are interesting only because they are cryptic or so specific to an event at the time that neither the reader nor Ringo can figure out what the author of the postcard is talking about! Other postcards are literally nothing more than messages along the lines of "Hi Ringo, Love So-and-So".
Ringo adds short captions to the postcards. Some of these are entertaining (particularly Ringo's reference to having played at a Beach Boys concert, but only knowing he played because someone showed him a photo of it!), but there is also the feeling on some of these captions that space is simply being filled because each card has to have a caption. How else would Ringo even be going off on a tangent about the Beach Boys in a caption of a postcard from one of the other Beatles?
Some of the messages are endearing and interesting, and some of the actual choices of what types of postcards to send Ringo are also pretty funny.
Ultimately, I don't think the book could have been any better than this. This is the collection of postcards Ringo had. (I'm just assuming he isn't holding back any for some reason).Read more ›
This is essentially a collection of postcards that Ringo got over the years from the other Beatles. They are nicely reproduced, both front and rear, and Ringo has made comments about each one and the conditions under which he received it. The little recollections are charming, humorous, and written by someone with a lot of heart. Though his insights are often not very deep, or his memory is a bit fuzzy, to me this was part of the charm.
What you won't find here is a lot of consistency. The blurbs, when put together, don't tell any particular over-arcing narrative. In fact, they don't really even involve events that are necessarily important in the lives of their prestigious authors. That's part of why this book stands out. It is more like sitting with a friend who is showing you some of their prized mementos than reading a book by a famous person. And though Paul, George, and Paul aren't directly involved, peeping at these postcards is a surprisingly intimate look at some famous friendships.
Pick this book up if you find it at a good price. It's a fun read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off this was like new. Second, Ringo's running commentary of memories is enough to make any Beatles fan wistful. GREAT PURCHASE.Published 1 month ago by dinah
Glad I got it cheap. It's a great addition to your Beatles collection, but it's a one time look.Published 3 months ago by Renee Mahlman
It was interesting to see what simple things Ringo treasured from his mates. It provides a tiny glimpse of their interaction on a personal level.Published 17 months ago by teresa wojdyla
FABULOUS PEEK INTO THE HUMAN SIDE AND NORMAL LIVES OF FOUR VERY SPECIAL MEN WHO TOUCHED EVERYBODY'S LIVES... THANK YOU RINGO STARR FOR SHARING THIS WITH US...IT IS A REAL TREAT!Published 23 months ago by Pamela D. Knapp-Market
This was a nice look into the private friendships between the members of The Beatles both during their active years as a band and after the breakup. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by danno
I was very pleased with this choice. It was exactly as described. I bought it as a gift for a friend an they loved it.Published on January 4, 2014 by pat long
The Fab Four were great friends when all was said and done.
That comes through most of all when reading these postcards. Read more