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I, Fatty Hardcover – Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582342474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582342474
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,665,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I LOVE THIS BOOK!’ -- Johnny Depp

‘An absolute triumph’ -- Scotland on Sunday

‘Wise-cracking, poignant and frequently hilarious, the voice never cracks…it’s without equal’ -- The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jerry Stahl is the author of the bestselling memoir Permanent Midnight, which was made into a movie starring Ben Stiller, and the novels Perv - A Love Story and Plainclothes Naked. He has written for Esquire, Playboy and extensively for film and television, including Moonlighting and Twin Peaks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Keeth on 1 Sept. 2005
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`I love this book,' reads Johnny Depp's comment on the front dust jacket of I, FATTY. `I like it,' is mine. It's a great title for a book and a tremendous tale of early Hollywood, told with a verve and flair reminiscent of that which E L Doctorow's RAGTIME applied to the eastern seaboard of the US of A.
I, FATTY is a first-person narrative fictional reconstruction of the life and times of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, the first Hollywood star to earn $1M a year, only to find his fame turn to infamy and fortune slip from his grasp after a party resulting in the death of a female partygoer in Room 1221 of San Francisco's St Francis Hotel.
Revisionist in the sense that this is Arbuckle's personal take on his career and eventual disgrace, there is still no way the fat boy wasn't "at it" - whatever "at it" may mean, of course. He was not a rapist (for reasons revealed in the book), and he was certainly no murderer. But the precise details of Virginia Rappe's demise remain as unclear as they ever were. Fact: Fatty Arbuckle - a definite dipso and occasional drug addict - is caught in flagrante with a damsel in dire distress who subsequently dies.
So what is Fatty Arbuckle exactly? A voyeur? Maybe. A raver? Well, yes: he's no angel, that's for sure. But neither is Virginia (-in-name-only) Rappe, the professional lady who expires subsequent to Fatty's alleged ministrations with a Coke bottle. And neither are the press and public any more angelic than they.
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"I, Fatty" is one of the most intriguing books I've read this year. The book is based on papers citing the life of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, star of early 20th century cinema.
Arbuckle was a celebrated comedian who came from an extremely poor background and rose up to become one of the leading and highest paid stars of two-reel comedies and movies in the late 10's and early 20's. He was loved by all until one notorious night to be remembered in Hollywood for years to come led to his tragic downfall.
Here, Jerry Stahl has put together many of Arbuckle's diary entries charting Hollywood's former golden boy's enviable rise to fame and his inevitable ruin.
What makes Arbuckle's tale so compelling is how he conveys his emotions throughout his story with plain honesty and especially his childhood years which help the reader understand Arbuckle's state of mind and how he percieved himself and his situation. Stahl conveys a strong sense of pathos throughout which makes the life of 'Fatty' Arbuckle even more compelling and paints the image of a man who was a victim of circumstance, cheated and betrayed by those who made him.
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By Bookworm Jane on 8 Jun. 2009
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This book was brilliant - hard to believe it was 'faction'. It was incredibly sad too' it was so obvious that he was framed for the offence yet never seemed to have the right people to defend him. The only person who believed him and stuck by him was Buster Keaton. Gives an insight into the dissolute life Hollywood in the Twenties was. Compulsive read -it arrived on the Saturday and I finished it Monday afternoon!
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By Kath Page on 30 Sept. 2013
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I was unsure what rating to give this book but in the end, I decided that the things that were good about it were the ups and downs of Arbuckle's life and the things that were bad about it were to do with Stahl's style. The trials following the death of Virginia Rappe are tense and probably the best part of the book. At times the rest felt like filler. Stahl's style is inconsistent and not always convincing.
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By marian on 9 Feb. 2009
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I decided to read this book on the strength of other reviews and I was not at all disappointed. From the very beginning, the author draws you into Fatty's world. Famous names abound and it's intriguing to find how they are connected to Fatty. If I had one criticism, it would be that I would have liked to see some photos.
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