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An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House Paperback – November 8, 2011
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What I found most fascinating about the book was the insight into Michael's psyche as he crafted, created and imagined the characters of Peter Pan. He clearly projected his own feelings of loneliness, fear and fantasy into the characters. He really WAS those children in his childlike emotions. Many people have ridiculed Michael for his "childlikeness" and accused it of being a ruse. It wasn't. Very few of us could ever imagine what he lived through from very early childhood into adulthood. Also glaring was the powerful theme of good vs evil (eg, Cook vs PP) that he was determined to hammer home in the film. Again, given his life and all the dark forces he encountered from a very early age, is it any wonder that he saw the world in terms of good vs evil, betrayers vs victims, users vs prey? I have read dozens of books about Michael but I have to say I gained more insight into him in this book than in almost any other. When he turned steely and cold, maybe it was to remind himself that if he didn't protect himself, no one else would because no one else ever did. He was a commodity - not a human being. Everyone had their hand out.Read more ›
For Craviotto, the pressure is compounded by her agoraphobia, a panic disorder producing attacks of intense fear and anxiety, which she and her agent, Raymond, have kept a secret. A serious auto accident left Craviotto petrified to leave her house, let alone drive a car. Her husband, an out-of-work actor, and two kids under six, only add to her feelings of pressure.
The bulk of An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood consists of detailed descriptions of Craviotto's meetings with Michael Jackson, recorded with his permission. The result puts the reader front row center--privy to his giggles, intense vulnerability and the fact that he hates his father for hitting him. Talk of Peter's loneliness seems to meld with the star's own experience.
Craviotto battles Michael's sometimes awkward silences and quicksilver mood changes--going from man/child to authoritative businessman--and the author comes across, by turns, baffled, frustrated, charmed and intimidated.
Interspersed throughout the story are episodes describing Craviotto's battle to overcome her agoraphobia and she does a fine job delineating the panic that sets in when she has to drive even a few blocks by herself. Her writing is straightforward, mixing dialogue with inner narrative revealing her reactions to everything going on around her.Read more ›
This screenwriter was asked to collaborate on a new Peter Pan movie featuring Michael Jackson as Peter Pan. Although the author worked for the movie company, it was understood that she needed to collaborate with Michael Jackson and keep him happy while still fulfilling her contract with her employers. I found an inside look at Michael Jackson to be mesmerizing. The author's relationship with Michael Jackson, characterized as a huge pop star/Peter Pan/child buddy, is contrasted nicely with the descriptions of the author's family, consisting of a wonderful, understanding, and grown-up husband and two small children.
A theme that I greatly enjoyed was the contrast of freedom versus imprisonment, either by fame or phobia.
Although the writing portion of the project was successfully completed, and the author managed to make great strides in leaving home, the Peter Pan movie was never made. I wish it had been; I think I would have loved it.
Two pinpricks: Malcolm Forbes' death is mentioned twice, but the first time he's referred to as Michael Forbes. This needs correction. The second is that the author describes the statue of a small boy with a fishing pole, spelled "poll." In an election year, I found that one charming.
I received this book for free in order to review it for the website The Kindle Book Review. I am not connected in any way to either the author or publisher.
-- Java Davis ([...])
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This is the best book I've ever read on Michael Jackson , and that's probably because it is so simple. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MTJewels
IF YOU HAVE ANY HOPE THIS BOOK IS ANY KIND OF GUIDE ABOUT AGORAPHOBIA, IT IS NOT. I had bought it in the hopes of research and a bit of "guidance" about severe... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrea G. Kittell
If you think this book is about Michael Jackson, it is not. As it is titled appropriately. It does however give good insight into Michael's world. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by MJfanforever
Darlene has a beautiful writing style. She artfully weaves together many points of view surrounding a single project, and transitions seamlessly from one to the other. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by PM
This book will break your heart. At the same time it is probably one of the best "insider" stories out there. Read more
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A well-crafted piece of writing will keep me reading, non-stop, until the end. Read more
I purchased this book for myself. I haven't read it all yet. It is good so far. Just trying to learn more on Michael Jackson. I was pleased on the condition it came in. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by J. Pavelko
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read a blog interview with Darlene Craviotto. I know way too much about agoraphobia, having suffered from it around the same time as... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Linda Lochridge
I like the book a lot Darlene's writes with humor and in my opinion , honesty. I enjoyed her book it is like a few other books a memoirs of a persons experience with a person or... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Wanda L. Polnitz