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Coffee With Groucho Hardcover – 12 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (12 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844834697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844834693
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 14.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Louvish, born Glasgow, Scotland, in 1947, author, film maker, lecturer in film at London Film School. I work in both fiction and non-fiction, having published more than ten fiction novels and seven and a half books of movie biography, mainly on Hollywood's golden-age comedians. I have now returned full-time to the fiction field, and am currently involved in re-printing the entire BLOK SAGA, to include the four books already published and two unpublished volumes, BLOK 5: THE FUNDAMENTAL BLOK and BLOK 6: THE CHINESE SMILE. These will appear under the imprint of Margaret Macdonald Books, which is my present personal imprint and will include in due course the hard-copy issue of the new paperback BLOK SAGA and e-book publications. THE BLOK SAGA Special Edition begins with the first two volumes in the series, THE THERAPY OF AVRAM BLOK and CITY OF BLOK, which are now available on Amazon vended by my own merchant label "louvishbooks." These books were first published in 1985 and 1988 and received a wash of fine reviews, but have been out of print for some time. The Saga began by dealing specifically with the madness of the modern Middle East and Avram Blok's wanderings in the labyrinth of Israel-Palestine and in Europe and America of the 1970's and `80's but morphs in the later volumes to encompass China and a wide historical sweep. So it goes. Hoping it finds a new generation of readers in the world of global turmoil, crisis and collapsing certainties, who can foresee more madness yet to come...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
PseudoGroucho 28 Aug. 2008
By Frank J. Konopka - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The idea of this book is good: a conversation with Groucho Marx that covers his life and work. The mini-biography is very well done, and the remarks attributed to Groucho have an authentic ring, especially because many of them were actually said, or written, by him. It's not as funny as I expected it to be, which is why I only gave it four stars. The book is short enough that it can be read in one sitting, so it is a relatively entertaining way to spend a few hours with one of the funniest men of the 20th century.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing book 4 Oct. 2007
By Groucho Fan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was disappointing for two reasons: First, it is tiresome and not funny. It takes some well-known Groucho quotes and weaves them into an imagined interview between the author and Groucho. The second reason for the disappointment is that the author, Simon Louvish, has written an excellent appreciation of the Marx Brothers called Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers. I'd highly recommend the latter book and skip this one. Just my opinion, but people who try to write in Groucho's voice don't often do a good job of it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun, breezy biography 21 Mar. 2008
By Eric H. Roth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Do you have an hour to spend just reading for fun? Do you like the Marx brothers and prefer smiling to sighing? Are you ready to laugh out loud at classic quips?

If so, this breezy "Coffee with Groucho" should satisfy. As a casual movie fan, I recalled a few funny scenes and learned some backstage stories. I recognized several quotes, and they still made me smile. Part biography, part entertainment history, and part silly, this light book requires disrespect and a flippant attitude. I liked it. You probably will too.

This book, however, should not be mistaken for a scholarly analysis of the Marx brothers, vaudeville, politics in Hollywood, or any other such grand project. It's just a simple, fun book filled with clever non-sense.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great starting point... 7 July 2012
By M. J. Rumpf - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First, I should point out that I am a Marx Brothers fan, not a Marx Brothers fiend. What's the difference? I can't give you dates and times when they filmed their movies or TV shows. But I've read a couple of books about them--the autobiographies as well--and own their movies. So I got just what I was looking for when I purchased Simon Louvish's "Coffee With Groucho." I thought it was a great overview for those uninitiated with the Marxes, particularly Groucho, and I thought it was a fun read. It certainly had the flavor of Groucho if not the full version himself. I noticed in a couple of reviews for the book that people complained that some of the stories were told incorrectly and the facts were off, but this could be said about any Marx Brothers book. Of the three or four I've read, there are always conflicting accounts of an episode in their careers and what they said, and once again, this is just supposed to be coffee with Groucho, not a tutorial. The only explanation I could find for such terrible reviews was that Simon Louvish must be an awful driver and ran over these people's dogs. A rotten review was their only redress in this situation, so now they've gotten their revenge. Ultimately, I found it particularly edifying that Groucho was included in this series alongside such folks as Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Buddha. And in such a fine hardback edition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Greatest Grab-Bag of Groucho! 11 Aug. 2013
By J.D. Guinness - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Simon Louvish has accomplished something quite special: he has assembled a Groucho Marx book that is better than any written by Groucho himself. (And yes, I say this as a hardcore fan who's read them all).

In keeping with the style of the other "Coffee With..." books, this is a matter of collecting all the subject's best lines and stories and then weaving them artfully into an imaginary interview. It works exceptionally well with Groucho for two important reasons. One, Louvish can draw from a wealth of hilarious lines from over a dozen Marx Brothers movies (none of them written by Groucho, by the way). And two, Groucho was at his best in conversational settings anyway, whether on his own You Bet Your Life radio and TV shows, or as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show.

I think I can safely say all Groucho fans wish we could have had coffee with him, during which we would definitely want him to "tell the one about so-and-so" or "do the one about exploring Africa", so this book gives fans exactly what they want; true Best-of-Groucho.

Bracketed by succinct biographical info, this is all today's harried, short-for-time Groucho fan really needs: the single best Groucho Marx book yet. One to cherish.

Tell 'em J. D. Guinness sent you.
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