- File Size: 28552 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 21, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 21, 2020
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07ZJVRT6B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"As a survivor of throat cancer (not to mention four decades in an industry notorious for chewing up and spitting out fresh talent), [Val Kilmer] genuinely seems grateful for the opportunity to look back on his life, loves, and career...Kilmer shows great vulnerability and a knack for storytelling...I’m Your Huckleberry is most engrossing, even illuminating, when the author actively tries to reconcile his vision and ego with his faith and regrets."
—Danette Chavez, The A.V. Club
"It’s no surprise that Val Kilmer has some stories to tell. The actor has played such inimitable figures as Jim Morrison, Doc Holliday and Batman. He rocketed to superstardom in a fighter jet in Top Gun, parted the Red Sea as Moses in The Prince of Egypt and acted opposite his icon Marlon Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau. But those stories aren’t even the most interesting parts of Kilmer’s new memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry. In tender vignettes, the actor, 60, charts his life from birth to present day, writing with candor, vulnerability and sometimes regret about family, love, faith, financial problems and a waning acting career."
—Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today
"Val Kilmer leaves no stone left unturned in the excavation of his life. Confessions, poems and vignettes are peppered throughout his new memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry. Kilmer documents his life with candor and vulnerability from birth to his rise to stardom and waning acting career, including moments of love, loss and regret."
—Wilson Wong, NBC News
"After the movie star’s 2015 throat cancer diagnosis and surgery, [Val Kilmer] writes that he sounds like 'Marlon Brando after a couple of bottles of tequila.' Kilmer adds: 'It isn’t a frog in my throat. More like a buffalo.' That doesn’t mean Kilmer, 60, is at a loss for words. When he asserts that picking up I’m Your Huckleberry is like slotting a couple of quarters into the 'pinball machine of my mind,' he is not overselling the experience. What follows is a zigzagging ride through Kilmer’s distinctive life and career, penned by a spiritual storyteller with no qualms about indulging in his eccentricities...Kilmer’s tone is raw and reflective as he weaves poems into his expressive prose. (He is a literary obsessive who admires Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Samuel Beckett, after all.) Crucially, he shows a willingness to analyze his own image. As far as Hollywood case studies go, Kilmer’s career proves plenty worthy of deconstruction. 'Just as I am a composite of all my characters,' he writes, 'each character I’ve played is a composite of me.'...For Hollywood fanatics, Kilmer drops plenty of names and behind-the-scenes tidbits...There is something charming and disarming about a celebrity memoir that’s willing to go off the rails. Rather than a carefully curated self-portrait, Kilmer offers a scatterbrained journey into his idiosyncratic head space. If this is the pinball machine of Kilmer’s mind, you have to give it to him: He’s playing by his own rules."
—Thomas Floyd, The Washington Post
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Kilmer does not elaborate on any of his many excellent movie performances but rather talks about his life: his ambitious but negligent father, his beautiful but distant mother, his brothers, his childhood and adolescent years, the women in his life, the loyal friends, his children.
The reader becomes part of that story, following Val from California to New Mexico, chasing his dreams, the ones he cherished and the ones he brought to life. There is success and failure, tragedy and comedy, love lost and love found, finding the meaning and purpose of life.
I have enjoyed a great many of his movies, including watching "Tombstone" enough times to risk being labeled as obsessed. But there was so much talent in that cast that you can't absorb it in one viewing.
So Val Kilmer goes from saying "I'm your huckleberry" in "Tombstone" to becoming Mark Twain, the creator of Huckleberry Finn, with great success.
I seldom bother to read celebrity memoirs, but I am glad I read this one.
Recieved my book today, excited to read it, as I am a big fan of Val Kilmer. I even have a Pop Doc painting of his :) I am, however, disappointed, because I did not receive a signed copy. I preordered and uploaded the receipt of payment as required, but did not receive a signed copy. Can this be remedied?
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The book itself is nicely presented. Under the red dust jacket, the hardcover edition is nicely finished in white with embossed lettering in gold.
Kilmer’s story starts off with a health scare while he is living at Cher’s guesthouse. Here, we get a sense of how his illness has impacted his life as well as changed his outlook. It then chronicles his early family life, influences and theatrical training, recounts his experiences on stage and film, details his romantic life, friendships and love for his children, before taking us back to present day and his current situation. The book gives us an update on his recent projects, and the realization of a long-held dream.
There are many interesting revelations along the way, most notably regarding Marlon Brando and The Doors’ producer Paul Rothschild.
What’s most surprising, and ultimately rewarding about the book, is that it’s a deeply spiritual and artistic account of Kilmer’s life. It’s more than just a memoir.
If I was to be critical at all, there could have been more detail about his experiences on set and possibly less about his romantic encounters, but that’s a personal preference of mine rather than a fault of the author. The photos being presented in black and white, rather than colour is another very minor drawback, but doesn’t detract from the overall experience of reading it.
All in, I found the book to be very entertaining, with Kilmer’s good humour throughout.