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This review is from: Jimmy Stewart: A Biography (Hardcover)
Eliot has filled this biography of Jimmy Stewart with enough unsubstantiated information, innuendo, and factual errors to sink a small ship, never mind the grammatical errors. Furthermore, the tone of the book is snide, schizophrenic and frankly unlikable - it seems as if the author almost has a vendetta against Stewart. The near-constant Freudian analyzations range from annoying to obnoxious, as does Eliot's penchant for finding deep sexual overtones and conflict in all of Jimmy's movies and many of his day-to-day activities.
A previous poster suggested the author didn't watch a few (if any) of Jimmy's movies in preparation for this 'biography', and I have to agree. Additionally, while much time is spent talking out Henry Fonda, the information doesn't go very far beneath the surface of the man or his friendship with Jimmy; this lack of real depth is epidemic throughout this book, unless one considers unsupported gossip, suppositions, and questionable psychological analysis 'depth'. The best part of the book really is that which discusses his war experience.
Overall, this book is unbelivable on several levels, the topmost being that Mr. Eliot, separating himself from most Americans, doesn't actually like Jimmy Stewart as a person and does his best to smear Stewart's personality and character - as well as that of anyone else who happens to get in his way. How this book, rife with error, got past an editor is also beyond my understanding. Someone interested in Jimmy is far better off watching his finest movies than reading this book.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2015 9:16:54 AM PDT
Miss Ruth says:
I didn't have to read past the first chapter or so to get the exact same impression you relate here. The Freudian overtones, the snide tone of the author, the insinuations, the "smearing" of Jimmy's character (and his father, for that matter)... Clearly, the writer is not a fan of the moral ideals Jimmy and Jimmy's father upheld and that comes across pretty clear. I will be deleting this from my wishlist. Thank you for your review - I'm glad I read it before purchasing this book. By any chance, would you happen to know of any good biography on Jimmy? Thanks!
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