- Publisher: Warner Books (October 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D3DERK
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
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[ 700 Sundays[ 700 SUNDAYS ] By Crystal, Billy ( Author )Oct-01-2006 Paperback Paperback – October 1, 2006
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This is a book that a baby-boomer guy will enjoy with its references to the Beatles, the Yankees, the family cars of the 1950's, the first girl we fell in love with, and family outings every Sunday. While Billy took me through a Jewish version of growing up at this time, I could see some similarities with the way I went through my Japanese-American coming of age. Like Billy's family, our lives were built around the Sundays, the holidays, and summer vacations.
I've read a few negative reviews on this book which I'm sure have their place in criticizing this as a great literary piece. But this is Billy Freakin' Crystal! Mr. City Slicker and Harry of When Harry Met Sally. This is the guy who does the big award shows and Saturday Night Live. This is a regular guy of our time...one of us. This is not James Michener or Ernest Hemingway.
So read it because it's a joy to look back at our lives growing up in the 1950's and 1960's. When families didn't have much in terms of financial resources, but life was real,innocent, and darn good although lacking by today's material standards. But I'd never trade in those baby-boomer years for the shallowness that today's youth must deal with.
I hope that Billy does well as he takes his Broadway show across the country for the rest of America to enjoy. I'm glad he wrote this book and created the play. For me, it was a special adventure and one I'm so grateful for.
I hope that Billy continues to share himself with the public with his thoughts, humor, and candor.
I did not know that Billy Crystal grew up knowing famous musicians and athletes. But he did: his father, his uncle, and his grandfather owned a music store and the Commodore jazz label, and were great friends with the jazz and pop and rock greats. Billy saw his first movie while sitting on Billie Holiday's lap. At his first baseball game, he sat in Louis Armstrong's seats at Yankee Stadium.
But it's not the relationships with famous people that make his life and this book memorable. His life, of course, is memorable for his own achievements in comedy. His book is memorable because of its touching portrayal of his relationships with his father, his mother, and the rest of his large and loving extended family.
For those of us who grew up, as Billy Crystal did, in the 1950s and 1960s, for those of us who've lost a parent or both of them, for those of us who've already lived more than half of our expected span of years, this book is a funny, touching, sentimental, and ultimately optimistic echo of our own sometimes painful journey through life.
Now I want to go watch some Billy Crystal movies.