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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding John, December 28, 2005
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Any fan of the early Beatles and John Lennon can gain insight from the story told from Cynthia Lennon's point of view. She was never one of the boys but she's the closest thing to a fifth Beatle that we have. All of us wonder how best to connect the dots between John's early life and his ultimate alliance with Yoko Ono. It seems natural to conclude that his marriage at a young age was a random mistake to the wrong girl at the wrong time for the wrong reason (an unplanned pregnancy,) but when you read this book you get to know Cynthia better through her own voice, which comes through in the book. You begin to understand how close they were, how long they were together, and that their marriage was significant--however unfaithful he may have been.

I recommend this book to gain added insight into John Lennon's life, and if you possibly can get your hands on a copy of Cynthia's earlier book (written in the seventies) titled A Twist of Lennon, read that one too. Naturally there is some overlap but the anecdotes seemed more detailed and Cynthia's voice more colloquial. I found her particular expressions (when money comes in the door, sense goes out)very charming and from that first book you get more a sense of what a conversation between John and Cynthia might have been like. From the second book, you get an idea of what a conversation with Yoko is like. Even when Cynthia dishes the dirt, she does it with grace and aplomb.

In any case if you read either book you don't have to wonder what John saw in Cynthia, but for all eternity those of us who admire him will continue to shake our heads over Yoko. I can imagine being friends with Cyn, and anyone who has been through divorce can relate to the enormity of Julian's difficulties growing up. I wish them all the best, thanks for the book and thanks to John for the music.
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