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Walking With Garbo: Conversations and Recollections Hardcover – August, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060164921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060164928
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Superb collection of Garbo photos along with a running monologue by Garbo--taken down by Daum (curator of the Gloria Swanson Archives at the Univ. of Texas, Austin)--and with a text by Muse (a Life magazine editor) that covers her history. Muse's is by far the livelier of the two alternating texts, for Garbo couldn't talk her way out of a hatbox. Though a certain charm does shine through, she is completely vacuous and focused on her sensations. That's disappointing, but it doesn't matter--or shrink her glorious image on page after page or her accomplishments in film after film. What matters for Garbo lovers is that this is a marvelous sheaf of Garbolatry, eyes that smolder with nymphal adolescence (photographed by Arnold Benthe), eyes that suggest the great romance of your life. And then Garbo speaks: ``There are clothes in my closet that are fifty years old. I wear the same old things. Some days around here, you've never seen anything like it- -I'm in my long underwear. I go in and out of the kitchen and say to my girl, `In case you're wondering, just pretend that I've joined the circus.' '' Or, ``I was thinking maybe I should get a new color scheme in here--I mean for the telephones. I only have black telephones. That'll keep me awake at night, trying to decide the color scheme. I do so little telephoning it really doesn't matter. Sometimes I don't call anyone for weeks...I don't answer the phone.'' The historical text is delightful, a delicious review of the public Garbo, but hasn't one new fact. What does come through is a sensuality from Garbo's early years as a vamp that gives a hectic undertone to her later coolness. No pix of the goddess's last years--just pure beauty. A nice way to go. (Seventy-five b&w photographs.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on August 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
At the time that I stumbled upon this book, not only had I read a couple of biographies about Garbo, I had also found the images of the older Garbo walking the streets of New York fascinating. I decided to take a chance and add it to my collection. I am glad that I did, in fact, once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.

The very private Garbo said, "I've always wanted two lives - one for movies, one for myself." While Walking With Garbo contains quite of bit of biographical information, beautiful photographs, and interesting trivia and quotes about Garbo in relation to her film career, what I found most fascinating was the look this book gives into Garbo's private life, her life after her film career had ended, her likes and dislikes, her habits, her sense of humor, her very human longings, her observations of the anonymous others who were so busy observing her. The author extensively quotes from conversations with her, and getting to know a bit about the private Garbo was fascinating. Unlike other books I have read about her, this book does not dwell on Garbo's sexuality, which I found refreshing and which is one of the things I most appreciate about this book.

I found this book to be very well written and a joy to read. It is one of my favorites, and in my opinion, it is worthy of Five Stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Floyd on September 3, 2013
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Before I read this book, I really didn't know much about the personality of Greta Garbo, but through her words and the description of her by the author, she comes alive as a very warm and honest person. To her it would seem, her career as a film star was just a job. One that brought her fame that would follow her until the last days of her life when even as she was helped into her car to go to the hospital, she was hounded by photographers. And when her time on the screen was over, she would have liked to just travel and enjoy her life. She never said, "I want to be alone." What she said was, "I want to be let alone." This is a great read about one of this centuries great personalities. She was a collector and even designed her own rugs for her appartment. And if you had been lucky enough she might even have made sphegetti.
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I was hugely disappointed in this book. I expected all this new information & stories from the man who actually walked with & talked to Garbo daily - for years. Instead there is a bunch of generic information from other sources that I had read other places before. He had what were a few stories or comments peppered throughout the book, but nothing really that informational or new, or even insightful. Not worth a whole book. What was insightful could have filled a couple of pages, tops. There were a few things that she apparently said that did give a bit more insight to her personality & personal life, but I thought the writer would have some to add as well, after all these years, this was all there was?

And the way it is constructed is very scattered, I do not like the way it's put together. There are stories on one page that extend to the next but you aren't sure who wrote what, or where it came from, or at least not easily. It didn't flow right for my taste. It took me a minute to realize he put up these stories from other sources, then added what is apparently, stuff Garbo said in another font in the middle of the pages, several times on some pages, none on others. And you are supposed to figure it out because the font is changed. Pictures, not that many, are nothing that new. I was hoping for something really special here. Disappointed. :(
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M on March 21, 2013
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I have not yet finished the book, but it arrived in great condition and i was very pleased.
The only thing I was dissapointed in was the added shipping cost. I had gotten my order up to the amount required for free shipping and it wasn't until the end of my order that I was notified that not all suppliers agree to this offer.
Please be sure to read the fine print to see if the supplier you slect participated with Amazon's promotions of free shipping.
Other than that, I was very pleased with my purchase.
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