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David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado 1st Edition

3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1926745282
ISBN-10: 1926745280
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Carradine's ex-wife and author, Marina Anderson is credited with saving David's life and for returning him to sobriety.

As his personal manager for six years, Marina Anderson was responsible for Carradine's career resurgence that culminated in Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

Marina is the only wife who knows all facets of David's personality. They had a six-year relationship. She knew him during his non-sober years.

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The following applies to no matter what version of my book is being sold - hard cover, paperback, ebook...MY MESSAGE TO READERS IS AS FOLLOWS: Originally, the main purpose for writing this book was first to help heal myself and maintain a sense of humor as I vented.  I found as I talked to people about what David and I went through, and as friends read chapters, it was helping by opening a door to dialogue, especially about "taboo" subjects.  It then became my mission to help empower others through my experiences and David's - our life together as well as apart.  Through our journey together, maybe others will see how they too can help themselves -- confront their demons, issues, seek answers, recognize patterns, listen to their instincts, get clarity, closure and healing. If people reach out and are open to change, miracles can happen. It's not to say it won't be painful, but we can transform our lives for the better.  By bringing various sensitive issues out in the open, I hope this book sheds a beacon of light on a path for others to find their way as I did.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Transit Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926745280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926745282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It's important to preface this review by establishing that I've been and admirer of David Carradine ever since I was in my young teens. The first film I saw him in was "Boxcar Bertha" when I was only 12 years old. He became a role model to me in later years, inspiring me to begin serious studies in martial arts and eastern mysticism. At the age of 18 I spent a week of intensive training at the Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. As a teenager, I was fortunate to have met David Chow, a guest star in the Kung Fu series, and the technical and Kung Fu advisor for the show. Since then, I've read David's autobiography "Endless Highway", his self-penned book "Spirit of Shaolin." I've learned from his Tai Chi workout tapes and DVDs. I've seen well over 50 of his films, as well as most every episode of his television series and mini-series. For 41 years, from "Boxcar Bertha" through "Son of a Dragon" I've followed his work with admiration.

So naturally, when this book was released, it piqued my interest. It was no mystery to me or anyone else that David was no paragon of virtue, having recalled his much publicized drug induced burglary and malicious mischief incident in 1974, and subsequent similar reports. I wasn't naive enough to be disillusioned then, and am not now. He was a great actor, a wonderful presence, but a flawed, troubled person, as many of us are. Yes, this book brings to light aspects of David's character and practices that may disturb people. I understood that, but it did not ultimately diminish my respect for the man, nor am I one to throw the first stone, as so many people seem willing to do. I do feel I'm qualified to write a constructive review of this book. One would think I would be biased in David's favor, and have harsh words for this book. I was prepared to.
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I wish I had the new edition that is supposed to have new information in it, but I hesitate before buying it when I already have this one and it comes with almost more information than I can actually take in! I wonder if the new edition solves his murder and releases his name from the implication that he died in a typical Hollywood auto asphyxiation sex accident. But who would have wanted to murder him?

Marina Anderson's book suggests that maybe it was "X." "X" is some relative of David Carradine who entered into a long term sexual relationship with him, but we don't know the person's name, nor their exact relationship with Carradine. Marina seems to indicate that if any of you is thinking that the person is one of Carradine's own children, she wants you to abandon that ugly thought, and still the word "incest" is whispered on many pages. After a few hundred pages of The Eye Of My Tornado I realized that no gender is ever given for "X." Marina never says "she" when referring to "X," and this made me wonder if "X," the sexually abused young relative, is a guy. David tells her that he was once in love with X, and this made her sick. Naturally because of the incest theme I wondered if David had any younger brothers, or nephews.

Marina actually gives us short shrift for those of us, like myself, who don't know much about Carradine's life or career. She never tells us who his parents were, nor very much about how he became a household name. We don't even hear about Barbara Hershey except at the very end of the book, when the beloved Oscar nominated actress appears at a vernissage in honor of "Free," her son with Carradine.
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This is an honest and direct story of a gifted but struggling actress who was, yes, attracted to the flame and fury of a remarkable last of the Bohemians. (I hope not!). Cultures clashed, and then were assimilated. This woman gave all. And still does, in this book. A fascinating insight into the real Hollywood. From the perspective of probably 98% of screen actors guild members. Doesn't anyone share her suspicions of his last fateful trip? Were there two visitors? Her analysis shows this case should be reopened.
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I bought the book expecting to get some interesting Hollywood type inside tidbits, and also because of the extensive interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Well, wowie zowie I got plenty of what I was expecting - worth the price of the book alone. However, I was very surprised at the extensive detail about the other facets of David's and his wife Marina's life together, including aspects of the business end of the entertainment arena, how his wife struggled to help his health and career and how she dealt with the difficult aspects of the marriage in addition to the happy aspects.

I was really surprised to see so much about the positive aspects of David and their marriage. Their marriage was quite a struggle with wonderful highs and some really strange lows. I have since bought another couple of copies to send to close female friends who are struggling with their marriages - this book may give them some insight to human nature and how to survive tough times.

Most people are aware of David's history and his dark side and struggles, since his early days. This book will give a further insight to his life and character. For those fans of David that aren't familiar with that history and are mainly interested in worshiping his every appearance, movie, etc., then I do not recommend this book - Kung Fu yes, but Saint ? No.

In summary, I wish other Hollywood books were more like this one - give me the good and the bad, the real deal.
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