The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes: The Tortured Mind of Jeremy Brett ハードカバー – 1997/3/20
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For more than a decade, Jeremy Brett was the face of Sherlock Holmes. He fascinated television audiences with his portrayal of Conan Doyle's moody master of disguise and brought a brooding concentration and disturbing power to the role. But Brett had never wanted to play the Victorian detective. To enter into the spirit of Sherlock Holmes was to travel to a dark and morbidly fascinating place. This is the story of a talented actor whose finest role eventually overcame him. From the beginning of his career with Lawrence Olivier and Robert Stephens at the National Theatre he was much loved and admired by the theatrical world. However he was devastated by the death of his wife and stuggled with manic depression. As his health deteriorated, playing Sherlock Holmes became a terrifying addiction. Terry Manners talked to friends and colleagues of Jeremy Brett to build up a complete portrait of this talented man whose identity eventually merged with his final role.
Edited 2013 the 12th, because I made a wrong move in the first place and gave five stars to a book I disliked.Sorry for this mistake
I just finished Robert Stuart Davies Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Holmes and Dancing In The Moonlight, and now have read this book.
I start my review for The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes with this: For a work of fiction it was very interesting reading. Why, do you ask, that I consider this a work of fiction?
Well, my main concern is, nowhere in this book does the author cite a SINGLE source for the supposed intimate, personal and first hand information that he writes as the "truth". I find ANY biography of a recently deceased person that is unable to cite sources HIGHLY suspicious.
What makes this even more disheartening is the intimate, supposedly truthful events he reports in this book while not saying where or even how he received this information.
Information about affairs, sexual preferences, delusional public episodes, even Mr Brett supposedly being molested as a child! When dealing with SUCH personal information-if an author cannot say where he received such info than as a responsible reader I feel all info should be taken as FICTION, salacious gossip and slander-period. Which is ironic as the author writes of Mr Brett's struggle to keep his private life private-so how exactly was such intimate info learned about such a private man? One would realistically surmise that it's inaccurate and fictitious at best.
The book is written like a novel as well-with pages long "inner dialogs" that Mr Brett supposedly had with himself. Again-how in the world is an author-whom from the book I assume never even knew or met Mr Brett-to know these things? He's not-no one knows into the inner thoughts of another person.
Mr Manners took HUGE literary liberties with this book. To put it into modern context-it's basically "fan fiction" and poorly done at that as Mr Manners didn't write this book as a fan but to make a buck off(in 1997) the recently deceased Brett. For the most part, the author does not paint Mr Brett in a favorable light and spews outlandish claims for the benefit of the almighty dollar.
Please take my advice Jeremy Brett fans-look to books Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Holmes,The Television Sherlock Holmes for more accurate info, or just watch Jeremy at his best The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Boxed Set Collection), remember him for his proven kindness and talent and skip this highly salacious book.
It will keep you captivated. A good read.