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John Paperback – August 1, 2006
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In the beginning the book is wonderful. It provides really good mental pictures and shows a John Lennon that we havent seen before. Reading about their college years and younger days was fascinating. To see John more human was refreshing. We see a side of Mimi that has never really been written about. Cynthia seems to still be affected by her. Although Mimi is presented as nasty, rude, and demanding, you still feel she was loved.
Hearing about John during his first years of fame was really great too. It is neat to be able to see sides of him that we havent before. Although always on the edge, he is seen here as a loving man who desperately misses Julian but continues to mess up. The letter shown in here that John writes home is sad, and showed he was very vulnerable.
You begin to feel the tension as John spins more and more out of control. You feel the sadness and you can understand how both of them felt. That is one thing I really enjoy about this book. Althought written from Cynthia's perspective, she strives to explain John's also and understands they were both vastly different in many areas. It showed to me that she still loves John to this day.
The book gets pretty sad to read as John plummets. The chilling way in which he dumps Cynthia is almost hard to read.Read more ›
JOHN is not a book about the Beatles or their music. Cynthia guides the reader through a chronology of her life with stories about how she met John Lennon and relating events that pertained to her own personal life, her long-time friendship with her girlfriend, Phyllis McKenzie, and her mother, who were always there to support her through trying times. The most interesting aspect of the book is the love-hate relationship between Cynthia and John's Aunt Mimi, and more in-depth information about John's sisters, Julia and Jacqui.Read more ›
First and foremost, the reader should pick up this book expecting to read about love, happiness, frustration, pain, hurt, anger, tears, and conflict -- all of the things you would find in any relationship that is put under a non-stop eye of media scrutiny. No matter what you've read about the Beatles over the past 43 years, this story is different because it's told by someone who wasn't in the machine that made the Beatles a success. We've all read stories about John, Paul, George, and Ringo as told by everyone from their roadies to their contemporaries. Now we get to hear from the woman John married first and who was an unsuspecting participant on the ride of insanity known as Beatlemania.
When I began this book I was looking forward to hearing Cynthia's side of the story. I knew there would be some bitterness against Yoko, some anger towards John, comments on the use of drugs, cashing in on her marriage to him, and perhaps some self analysis in the process. She is only human and the journey of writing this book had to be a painful one for her, even all these years later. Yes, all of that is in her book. She is honest in her narrative and admits there have been times she's cashed in on the Lennon name to support herself and Julian.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How this woman remained so sweet and caring to those who were so cruel is beyond me. She managed to carve out a fulfilling life for herself and her son in spite of John's apathy... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
The first 40% of this book consists of "John went to Hamburg, we wrote love letters, John came home. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pushing 70
Finally got around to reading this and enjoyed it, though some parts of it were difficult to read. I never idolized John Lennon despite being the same age as Julian. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jeanette Oliver
Sad that Cynthia Lennon, who was with John Lennon when he was nobody, ended up with nothing but memories. At least she got a wonderful son.Published 4 days ago by G T
I really enjoyed reading this book from Cynthia's perspective.Published 19 days ago by Diane L. Keating
cynthia lennon's account of her life before, during and after being the first "Beatle wife" is nothing short of spectacular. Read morePublished 22 days ago by cordell jeffries
A substantial improvement over her prior book about John Lennon....more revealing, more balanced, and more enjoyable to read.Published 1 month ago by jay spence