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My Lush Life Hardcover – October 1, 2002
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Is it funny? Yes. Is it worth reading? Probably not. Which is unfortunate cause the book has a tremendous amount of promise.
Live longer, babe.
There's a lot of mention in reviews of this book (and in the afterword) of it's similarities to Patrick Denis' "Little Me". This ham-handed, ulimately tedious mock-bio of self-centered boozy nympho Tallulah Morehead bears a resemblance to Dennis' hilarious mock-bio of self-centered boozy nympho Belle Poitrine only in the heroines self centeredness, booziness, and...well, do the math. While McEwan relies on cheesy, borscht-belt jokes that are repeated, and repeated, and repeated, Dennis relied upon the conceit that his mock bio was a dead on parody of the autobiographies of practically every star from the golden era. Not to say that I didn't get a few chuckles out of "My Lush Life", but they were few and far between. I mostly rolled my eyes and groaned. Since you can get "Little Me" in a reprint now, if you are in the market for a mock-bio about an immoral, talentless booze-bag who stumbles into stardom, well, "Little Me" is the Filet, and "My Lush Life" is the Happy Meal.
What strikes me are the two levels he has going on. Very charming and amusing on the surface and yet, just below, an almost existential, rather dark subtext. Certainly not an original observation on my part, but humor often comes from a very subconscious, sort of frightening place. Very Pirandello, often Sartre-like. What a trip.
And puns, what can one say about puns: McEwan writes like a chicken crossing the road -- poultry in motion. (forgive me father for I couldn't resist.) He has them in all 31 flavors, from the moaning jaw drop "I can't believe he thinks he can get away with this" to the "what did he just say?" my God, this guy's a clever SOB.
The Gone with the Wind screenplay takeoff is hilarious -- I hope he takes reasonable security precautions: there are GWTW fans out there still who could easily become your stalkers after they read your sendup. Miss Mitchell's barbell-disguised-as-a-book! Wonderful satire, perfectly puncturing the bloated, obsequious nonsense that seems to have grown, like mildew, around that piece of crap (movie and book IMO.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! A true classic in every sense. Spellbinding paperback. A know-all tell-all to end all. Required reading. You will enjoy!Published on December 24, 2012 by geastham
I can appreciate how "My Lush Life" by Douglas McEwan may frequently, if not almost always, be under-appreciated, undervalued, even trivialized and minimized. Read morePublished on February 24, 2004 by Fred Lippert
In his novel novel, MY LUSH LIFE, author Douglas MacEwan delivers his wit straight-up with a humor chaser. Read morePublished on May 1, 2003 by Charles Bloom