Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: A biography of Salvador Dali Kindle Edition
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"Salvador Dali painted lush, exquisitely-detailed and disturbing masterpieces that are a joy to behold. Clifford Thurlow in Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me has conjured up the same alchemy from the memoirs of Carlos Lozano to follow in the Master's footsteps. Full of passion, charm and wit, I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down. Brilliant." --Amazon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File Size : 734 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 253 pages
- Publisher : YellowBay.co.uk; 2nd Edition (August 16, 2011)
- Publication Date : August 16, 2011
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005HRYCWI
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #663,335 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Carlos the innocent wanders into Dali's crazed world of pretentiousness, showmanship, madness, and feigned divine wisdom. Dali treated him like a pimp who brought beautiful and interesting people to Dali for decades. It's obvious Dali loved Carlos as well, and did many good things for him in return for Carlos's lifelong friendship and loyalty.
The stories are wonderful, often hilarious, and usually involve nudity of Dali's assessment of other men's "limousines" (their penises) and masturbation. Some of the names have been changed to protect the "innocent," while others are not. I'm sure Amanda Lear hates this book as Carlos makes no bones about her having once been a man. Dali called her his ultimate creation as he paid for the surgery to remove her penis. Yeah, gossip, sex, and fun, but there's a deeper story of a naive hippie boy who accidentally encounters an artist whom he will cater to for the rest of his life. Carlos would break away (sometimes with a surprise gift of a big roll of cash from Dali) to search for meaning in India and the religions of that part of the world, but when Dali called, Carlos came running back. They weren't lovers, but Carlos was Dali's procurer and toy. They loved each other in a very deep way that lasted until their deaths.
The writing is easy, poetic, and excellent, but the typesetting for this edition is terrible. Spaces between words are often not there, sentences break to the next line when they aren't supposed to, and more. It's irritating, but the contents of the book make it worth gritting on'es teeth a bit in order to enjoy Carlos' wonderful narrative. He dictated most of the book to Clifford Thurlow while on his deathbed and in great pain for a long period of time. It's touching and definitely a must for anyone wanting to know more about Dali. The biggest plus is getting to know the loving, gentle soul who was Carlos Lozano (pictured on the cover of the book).
A MUST READ!
This book paints a very vivid picture of Dali as he was in the years that Lozano & Dali were together. It is full of interesting observations about the great painter & his eccentricities - many bordering on the lewd & obscene, I think it is safe to say. Lozano's success lies in blending a very interesting style of articulating this story - part floral, poetic, part astute observations, part hippie & boundless, always genuine & deeply human - with the colors of Dali's persona & the inundation of the absurd. In many ways, I think that this book was written very deliberately in that particular way, to capture a certain flavor - to arrest more than to inform, to tease more than to be precise.
I definitely enjoyed reading this book for all its unresisting structure & forays into the absurd.
Top reviews from other countries
As a lover of biographies one such as this makes me think of others on human beings such as Hitler and Stalin. Really, just how "perverse" was Dali given such company?
Thurlow effortlessly gets the reader to empathise with Lozano - the poor boy from Barranquilla. First as a dancer and latterly as a gallery owner Carlos Lozano retains a closeness to Dalí that enables him to understand the great eccentric like few others - and in a much more rounded way. Thus the reader is drawn into Dalí's circle of friends, hangers on, assorted eccentrics and their lives on a daily basis in a way that few other books on Dalí have managed to capture.
The zeitgeist is beautifully evoked with vignettes such as George Harrisons's head popping over a wall and Dali thinking he was an assassin, or Keith Richards accusing Lozano of stealing his coat. It also touchingly recounts the slow decline of Dalí and Gala through Lozano's eyes - a part of the book where the affection of Lozano for his long time friend and the life that this friendship gave him is written with skill and sensitivity.
The reader will be drawn into this Sex, Surrealism, Dalí and Me, regardless of any prior knowledge of Lozano or Dalí, because it stylish, well crafted, elegantly written and most importantly a cracking read.