Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of?
Tough Without A Gun
by: Stefan Kanfer
As a fan of Bogie I thought it was about time I finally got around to reading a biography about him. This one was a bit short, so I thought I could get through it in a decent amount of time, which I did...
Unfortunately therein lies the problem... How can you sum up someone's life in 255 pages? Especially someone who had done as much, and had as big an impact on the film industry and popular culture, as Humphrey Bogart? I suppose I should've known better simply by the length when I picked up the book, but this bio is pretty touch and go, simply hitting the major points and rarely going into great depth.
Overall this biography left something to be desired, but there were parts both informative and enjoyable. Perhaps I've just been spoiled by biographies like Neal Gabler's extremely in depth, 800+ page biography of Walt Disney, and couldn't keep from comparing one biography from another. Considering I have limited time at the moment to read I suppose I can be thankful to be able to spend a short time reading about Bogie.
Either way this is a decent, but brief introduction to the greatest screen legend of all time, if for no other reason then that, it's worth a look.
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