Paul Newman: A Life (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/9/30
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Presents the life and accomplishments of the motion picture actor, director, and philanthropist, from his early life and acting career to his personal life and family.
[E]ngaging and revealing ... Recommended. Library Journal This biography takes a comprehensive approach to this great actor/director's life, examining all aspects of his character, fair or foul, both on and off the screen... A superb biography. Midwest Book Review ...[O]verall an honest biography...a tribute to a man whose life story would be done an injustice by anything less vivid. The District Blog Paul Newman presents a very human view of the film icon, a top pick for biography collections with a focus on the silver screen. Midwest Book Review商品の説明をすべて表示する
So why am I only giving it one star ? Because I....with my very limited knowledge....have found at least 2 important, basic errors, which means that I don't know how many more there might be. The first one is when he says that PN's first wife, Jackie Witte, had a bit part in Harper....in fact, that was a Jackie de Witt....a different person altogether. That wouldn't be so bad, but he actually quotes " a friend of Jackie Witte's" saying how painful it was for her to do that work & how it made her hatred of Joanne Woodward well up...presumably these quotes were complete inventions (????) (Hasten to add, I'm not denying the pain Newman & Woodward caused to his first wife...as Newman admitted...I'm talking about the reliability of this book) The second mistake is that he says that, when PN returned from his honeymoon with Woodward, he made The Left Handed Gun...in fact he made another film (Long Hot Summer) AFTER that BEFORE he married Woodward. Lita Milan (his co star in The Left Handed Gun) has always maintained that they had an affair. Quirk doesn't mention that & I've no idea if it's true, but anyone putting these things together would assume he came back from his honeymoon, leaving Woodward still recovering from a miscarriage, & immediately embarked on an affair.
Whatever Quirk thinks of Newman the man, I didn't expect such a prominent film critic to get basic facts wrong...he's had time enough to correct them for the new edition. And it looks as though he's invented at least one set of quotes. Everything else might be totally accurate......or completely untrue.
Quirk can't decide if Newman is a normal guy among men or a complete ass. My problem with Quirk is that his writing is so judgmental - from a journalistic perspective, just give me the facts, don't slant it with your own input and questions. I think on many levels, it's clear Newman the man was not easy, was not a push-over, and was not without strong opinions. I think it's clear he used his celebrity where he could for what he cared about - and who doesn't, by the way? Name one celebrity of his caliber who hasn't and doesn't today - Pitt, Clooney, Jolie, Affleck, DiCaprio...stop me anytime. On the notion of his parenting, we get it. He wasn't a great father in many respects, but again, most of us grew up in the world where we realized our fathers' flaws long ago. Rarely is there a perfect father out there...and I don't believe Newman was as nonchalant and obtuse to Scott's death as Quirk claims. Given what he committed to Scott's foundation in the decades following his death - no way, no how. And like most fathers who were focused on their careers while their children were small - the eventually become amazing grandfathers and parents to their adult children...which most reports point to having occurred with Newman.
There are too many gross guestimates, questionables, and ambiguities in the storytelling of this book for it to be credible. Quirk even questions the friendship of Newman and Redford at one point, almost mocking the statement Redford released upon Newman's death, claiming they really weren't that close. Yet earlier in the book he claims Redford moved closer to Newman after his divorce because of the friendship. Make up your mind, Quirk. If you've read anything at all on Newman and Redford - and not books mind you, but rather interviews with them each where they were questioned about the other - they spoke with great love and admiration of each other and their friendship - even sharing inside pranks and jokes they played on each other from afar over the years. If you believe what Quirk would have you - Newman and Woodward really had no friends, no loyalties, and no love of any real kind in their lives. Good God. Really?
Don't waste your money on this book. I don't care who Quick interviewed (and many he refuses to name, which in all cases, I then scream "fabricated" and "subjective"), the book doesn't read believable, it counters itself at different periods, and it reeks of personal judgement and opinion. For a biography? No thanks.