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Letters from a Known Woman: Joan Fontaine (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/6/27


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  • ペーパーバック: 132ページ
  • 出版社: Wasteland Pr (2005/6/27)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 1933265574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933265575
  • 発売日: 2005/6/27
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
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37 人中、37人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 3.0 Juvenilely written 2005/8/4
投稿者 S. Dees - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー Amazonで購入
This book has the feel it was written by a middle school student. While I applaud the author's efforts to get a book written about Joan Fontaine, this is a mess. It has no consistency; he jumps from when Fontaine and her sister, Olivia deHavilland, were children, to a chapter on when they were competitors for the 1941 Best Actress Oscar and back again. Also, he mentions KathErine Hepburn several times; being a longtime Hollywood correspondent, surely he knows Miss Hepburn spelled her name KathArine, not KathErine.

A glaring thing the author points out is Olivia snubbed Joan in 1950 when she won her "The Heiress" Oscar. That snub was in 1947, when Olivia won for "To Each His Own." Apparently the author didn't check various Oscar histories. Also, one time he calls the sisters' father, William de Havilland, when it was Walter de Havilland. He also mentions that Jennifer Jones beat Joan for the 1943 Oscar and the author aludes that Joan was nominated for "This Above All," when in fact, her 1943 nomination was for "The Constant Nymph," a film he obviously hasn't seen. Also, why does he capitalize the term 'American Classic' when referring to "Rebecca"?

The only saving virtue of this SLIM, SLIM book is the photos. Joan must have autographed them for the author as her autograph appears on almost every one, but while we've seen the most of them before, it's a nice addition. The photo part is the majority of the book.

The author's grammar and English structure are horrible. Short cut-off sentences, nothing flows like a good narrative should. He also only appears to have seen a handful of Joan's pictures, notably "Rebecca" and "Suspicion."

Nothing here new on the continuing rivalary between these two actresses, but it's worth having for the photos. Don't expect much from the narrative, it'll leave you wanting.
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5つ星のうち 1.0 Less than Impressive book 2005/8/15
投稿者 J. Brock - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
As other people have already written, this book provides the reader with no new information about Joan Fontaine. That in itself, is a major disappointment. I really feel that she deserves better. Other books have been written on the subject and they shed more light on Ms. Fontaine and her life. The book does not go in chronological order, or any order for that matter. Actually, it is a jumbled mess as far as that is concerned. Any of this information could have come from a magazine article or something like that. There just isn't that much information in this book. This book appears as though it was thrown together in an hour, and no one bothered to check and make sure that it made any sense at all.

However, I have to add that this book has wonderful pictures. If you are going to buy this book, this is the reason to buy it. Actually, i would give this book five stars for the pictures. Joan Fontaine was one of the most beautiful and photogenic stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. At least the pictures do her justice. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the book.
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5つ星のうち 1.0 `Thank You Notes From An Extremely Gracious Woman Who Really Wants To Be Left Alone' 2005/10/3
投稿者 L. Parham - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
I'm glad that I borrowed this book instead of wasting my money on it. The writer obviously did not do any research or he would know the very basics on Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland. Such as, Joan's middle name. It is de Beauvoir not Beauvoir and she is not two years younger than Olivia, she is one year and three months younger. It's all in Joan's autobiography - you might want to read it. If Olivia is still alive in 2009 for the 70th anniversary of `Gone With The Wind' she will be 93 not 92. Joan was doing a play not a movie when her mother passed away. I've come to the conclusion that the writer doesn't really know anything about Joan or her family. He is just an obsessed fan and so-called writer using this book to further his obsession. Why do I say `obsessed' well in Chapter 12, Letters From A Known Woman (which really should be titled `Thank You Notes From An Extremely Gracious Woman Who Really Wants To Be Left Alone'), Joan clearly stated that she no longer wanted any gifts especially candles but the writer couldn't grant her that wish. It's no wonder why she is no longer answering fan mail. I do believe that this so-called writer ruined the relationship between Joan and her fans with all of his nonsensical gifts and a book that is nothing but mixed up tabloid trash. The only thing that may have given this book a chance are the photos but the writer didn't even get that right with not having them printed on satin paper. All of what could have been beautiful photos came out with poor quality which fits the very essence of this book - tacky. The captions are mixed up with a horrible spelling error and one photo is printed twice. So in a nutshell, don't waste your money or your time. If you want to know about Joan Fontaine, read her book `No Bed Of Roses'. Joan knows her story and she is a wonderful writer.
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5つ星のうち 1.0 Lost in Translation 2007/2/9
投稿者 GoldfishNation - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
From the awkward pun of the title, through his somewhat overwrought introduction (think Gwynnie Paltrow at the Oscars with added emotion) where he thanks all those "who gave me the energy to keep going when I was exhausted" (this book has less than 50 pages of text), to the apparent surprise of "When she found out that I was going to write this book ... she refused to speak to me anymore" Mr Garrett is quickly revealed to be something of an over-zealous fan, apparently spurned by his idol, cashing in his fandom, but having absolutely nothing to say. Perhaps 'fan' is too strong a word, as "Letters ..." is ripe with inconsistencies, neither is there any sense of the author having had any kind of significant correspondence with Ms Fontaine whatsoever, other than the twenty or so banal 'thank you' notes he reproduces proudly by way of conclusion (I half expected to see a polite "No milk today, thank you", but you can't have everything). It is in fact the only time he quotes her directly.

None of this would be too disastrous I suppose if this were at least an engaging read, but Mr Garrett is to the written word what Madonna is to acting. His 'style' is all over the place, jumping from one topic to the next, often from sentence to sentence, and back again, which is somewhat bewildering. It's like overhearing the teenage babysitter gossiping ten to the dozen down the phone. Probably to a wrong number. He simply presents tittle tattle as fact. There is no framework or structure. No sense of chronology. Nor is there any attempt at discussion of Ms Fontaine's film roles, other than to blurt out titles. In this book Joan Fontaine the woman/actress exists only in terms of how she relates (or does not relate) to her equally famous GWTW-starring sister, Olivia, who receives pretty much equal (and equally inadequate) coverage. They didn't get on you know. Hold the front page! Events are endlessly repeated so you have to keep checking you haven't opened the thing at the wrong place. There is nothing that isn't already in the public domain. Joan's entry on Wikipedia is more revelatory.

The remaining two thirds of the book is taken up with photographs of Joan, which were probably once quite lovely. Unfortunately they've been reproduced on the same flimsy paper as the textual portion and the quality is decidedly spotty. A bit like this book in general. To be frank, I'm unsure how it ever came to be published. As many of these criticisms have already been covered by other readers obviously Mr Garrett's style has rubbed-off on me. One can only speculate as to the exact source of some of the glowing reviews it receives here. A tremendously inconsequential read. That's 20 minutes of my life I'll never see back.

One star for the luminous cover shot.
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5つ星のうち 1.0 More of a pamphlet than a book 2005/12/28
投稿者 Jennifer M. - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
And a very poorly done one, at that. Other reviewers of this book hit the nail on the head -- the poor grammar and spelling, the glaring inaccuracies, and the measly 48 pages of text (which includes acknowledgements, introduction, and a filmography) make this a poor excuse for a biography. Most of the poorly reproduced photos are autographed, which indicates to me the author culled them from his personal collection. When the pages of photos outnumber the pages of text almost 2:1, you know something's amiss.

As for his claim in the Acknowledgements that he will "delve into the personality and life of Joan Fontaine via her personal letters to yours truly"? Well, don't hold your breath on that one, because the "personal letters," as revealed in the last chapter, are nothing more than polite thank you notes from Ms. Fontaine for the many (unwanted, it is implied) gifts the author has given her. After reading this book (and it took about 20 minutes), I can well understand why poor Ms. Fontaine wants to be left alone and shuns publicity.

Oh, and the reviewer who commented that all the negative reviews must have been written by the same person? I can assure you that's not the case. We're just all in agreement that the book is that bad. Had I thought to read the reviews beforehand, I never would have put this book on my wish list.

Do as others have advised and try to dig up a copy of Ms. Fontaine's autobiography, "No Bed of Roses."
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