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Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman Paperback – April 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
As for me, I enjoyed it tremendously. At last we have a book written by someone who actually knew Paul Newman. (What a change, compared to so-called "biographies" written by people who had never met him and who, too often, resorted to unsubstantiated tabloid stories to tarnish his reputation.)
Mr Hotchner has a great sense of humour and many anecdotes are very funny. I laughed a lot. But there are some moving moments, especially at the end and also when he tells us about a conversation about Scott (PN's son).
This is a revealing, intimate (but not too intimate) portrait of a kind and generous man. I don't understand the people who have criticized the author for "betraying" his friend's intimate thoughts. Nothing secret is revealed : concerning PN's guilt about his son, it was not a secret. But, when Scott died, the stories made up by the tabloids were awful, accusing PN of not giving a damn about his son. Here, the author shows us how much he cared for him. Relating this conversation was necessary because it does him justice.
Thank you for this lovely tribute. I just found it too short !
Hotch has a great voice and there is a lot of humor. (The story about playing tennis with Newman and Redford was a favorite of mine.) He also captured some intimate moments in Paul's life (the death of his son, the start of the camps, Paul's illness, etc.) I was crying for the last fifteen-twenty pages when Hotch was talking about Paul's illness and how he had to miss events for his charities. It was hard to read, but I'm glad I did.
If you have even the smallest interest in Paul Newman: The Person, then I definitely recommend this book. Like I mentioned, it doesn't cover much of his time in Hollywood, but it's still worth the read.
First the good parts; the book is extremely engaging. In fact I read it in one sitting. It is essentially the story of a 50 year friendship between Newman and Hotchner. It is full of stories about the two men's fishing career (hilariously bad, aboard a series of boat), Paul's racing exploits, the founding of Newman's Own (Newman was mixing a huge batch of salad dressing to give away to neighbors as Christmas presents. Hotchner was stirring the batch with a boat paddle!) and just hanging out. There was a very poignant section describing Newman's relationship with his son Scott, who died of a drug overdose in his 20s, and Newman's reaction Scott's death.
The only "bad" part, and it's not a slam on the book, which does exactly what it's supposed to do, is that it's incomplete. This book is not, in any way a serious biography of Paul Newman. With that caveat, I recommend it highly and enjoyed it immensely!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly, I got it by accident and saw it as divine intervention. It is everything I look for in story, especially since it is biographical. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SUZANNE MORGAN
Paul Newman - not of my generation, but I wish he was - a great guy and Hotchner is the man to tell the story(-ies)Published 6 months ago by Kevin A. Barnes
Presents a real look at one celebrity that has made a real difference, in other peoples lives.Published 7 months ago by Patrick Fitzsimons
A wonderful insight to the heart and mind of a marvelous human being. I learned a lot about someone I have known of and respected for almost my entire adult life. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Porsche Tech
Any real friend of Mr. Newman knew that he requested Mr Hotchner to write only about the business, and not about his personal life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by moose
Paul Newman as only a dear friend and neighbor could tell it. He highlights personal insights and the start in a barn, a Newman's Own
franchise that I wholly support today. Read more
What a wonderful book about an incredible friendship and an unlikely path toward philanthropy. "Hotch" gives the reader a privileged intimate glimpse of the relationship... Read morePublished 24 months ago by HB