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Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes Paperback – June 10, 2014
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About the Author
Adam Parfrey is the editor of Apocalypse Culture, Apocalypse Culture II, It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps, and co-editor of Sin-a-Rama: Sleaze Paperbacks of the '60s. He is the co-writer (with Craig Heimbichner) of Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and their Influence on American Society, and (with Maja D'Aoust) The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction and its Hermetic Influence Throughout the Ages, (with Brendan Mullen and Don Bolles) Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs. Adam also wrote the compilation Cult Rapture, which contained his early feature article on the crazy Keane story.
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What makes this book especially good is that one of the authors actually met and interviewed Walter Keane when he was living alone in La Jolla, California. The book focuses mainly on Walter, his years with Margaret, the trials and his later years. He lied so much about ownership of the waif paintings that he actually believed he created them. Margaret tried to teach him how to paint, but Walter Keane had no talent or aptitude for painting. He was a frustrated, wannabe artist who resented but needed his wife's talent in order to keep fooling the public. To the public and friends, he was this loud, boisterous charismatic, larger-than-life artist. To Margaret, he was jealous, controlling and abusive, locking her in the studio and calling her every hour on the hour to make sure she was producing paintings. Greed, money and power corrupted this man to the point of arrogance, along with 2 quarts of Chivas Regal every day. It was this arrogance that became his undoing. Once Margaret exposed him for the fraud he was, Keane attempted to set the record straight and challenge Margaret in court. The movie follows this book closely, but you will learn more details about Walter and Margaret by reading this book. It is a really intriguing read.
I expected more of a storyline like the movie. But altogether, well written and eye-opening.
Very well written and shares both sides with information that pretty much lets Walter explain his side in a way that makes you realize how twisted he is. Makes no bones about it! And Margaret is so calm and in due time redeams herself. BRAVO!