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I, Fatty: A Novel [Paperback]

Jerry Stahl
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23 Jan 2008
Abandoned as a boy in Kansas, Fatty Arbuckle found adulation in Hollywood in the early days of cinema. During his heyday he was more popular than Charlie Chaplin and became the first screen actor to make a million dollars a year. But in 1921 Fatty was accused of the rape and murder of an actress he had met in San Francisco. Although he was later acquitted, the virulent press speculation Arbuckle received destroyed his career. "I, Fatty" imagines Arbuckle taking centre stage to recount his life story - from humble beginnings to dramatic downfall, and the result is an utterly compelling, highly original and beautifully written novel which deserves the widest possible audience.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; First Printing edition (23 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749083824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749083823
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,684 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.

About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY HA-HA AND FUNNY PECULIAR 1 Sep 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not convincing 30 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Insight full read 6 Jun 2013
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Written from Arbuckle's point of view, from the rise to stardom to his life being destroyed by lies spread by the press and the lack of support by the film studios. Also his great friendship and support with buster keyton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read. 29 Sep 2009
Wonderfully written by Jerry Stahl,this may be a cliche but one of these books it's hard to put down,sad and very funny at the same time,also good insight into the world of silent movies and can't recommend highly enough!I, Fatty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatty Arbuckle 8 Jun 2009
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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