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John [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Lennon
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'fascinating...all Beatles fans will be interested in the book, the best in recent years'. (The Sunday Times)

'an engaging memoir... along the way, it offers a fascinating glimpse into an altogether

more innocent age, before star-makers and svengalis began colluding with marketing

men and TV execs ...'


'vivid and engaging... refreshingly free of bitterness.' (Mail on Sunday)

'A fascinating first-hand account of one of the most bizarre phenomena of the 20th century.' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Fascinating stuff' (Evening Standard)

'loving but candid... vividly captures the time and place and the characters.' (Washington Post)

'A fascinating read that offers an insight into a brilliant and complex man.' (The Sun)

Independent on Sunday

'this one has the ring of truth that most Beatles books do not'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713DN8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In John's Life 24 Oct 2005
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have loved the Beatles since I was 3 and have been a rabid, inveterate fan and Beatle expert since I was 11. It is not surprising that I have an extensive Beatles' library and have read many books about the Beatles, individually and as a group for many years.
John Lennon, aka the Chief Beatle, was a prominent figure in every sense of the word. He left an indelible stamp on history, music and other aspects of culture and remains a fascinating person to this day.
Of the many Lennon biographies I have read, I liked this one best. This is not to discount the stellar works by Alan Clayson and Ray Coleman, whose objective, scholarly treatment of Lennon remain biographical bars that have been raised.
Cynthia's first book, "A Twist of Lennon" was written when John was still living. In that first book, which could be thought of as a volume one to this work, one gets the impression that Cynthia was too close to the memories and that it was hard for her to write objectively. That would certainly be understandable. Since she was writing about her life and experiences as she knew them, objectivity was not required; however, one gets the sense that Cynthia was still as freshly hurt as she was when the incidents took place.
In "John," readers get a more rounded picture of Cynthia, John, the other Beatles and their wives as well as others who were close to the Beatles, such as their manager, the late Brian Epstein. Readers get a "feel for" or a sense of each person mentioned in the book, including family members such as the previously little mentioned people in Cynthia's family. Readers come to see the forces, people and influences that shaped Cynthia, and by extension John Lennon as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demythologizes John Lennon's First Marriage 31 Dec 2005
Before John Lennon cheated on his first wife Cynthia and left her and their son Julian, they had what seems to have been a generally loving marriage. This book demythologizes John, and his first marriage.
"John" by Cynthia Lennon is the story about who they were before they met, about Cynthia's marriage to the famous Beatle, how John ran off with Yoko, and how she managed after his rejection to resolve things amicably. We see John the person, and not as much of John the musician.
History knows most of what happened during John's short life. Few details have been left uncovered. Most of what is known about the former Cynthia Powell is in the shadow of John Lennon. What she does here is shine the light on the John Lennon she knew, revealing John's own shadows and dark side.
The bulk of the book is candid.
She remarks how John, the world peacemaker, said, "Give peace a chance," as he lay in bed with Yoko. Young son Julian watched at home, asking his mother why his father was with another woman. John, she asserts, was very good to his fans, even at the height of the Beatles' popularity.
There are plenty of Beatle stories here, retold from the vantage of an active participant. Some of it is familiar territory to any fan of the Fab Four. Because of the Beatles' well-documented history, the context is easy to follow. From John's first time hitting on Cynthia while she was still engaged to someone else, to her description of how she processed John's death and George's deadly cancer, and what happened to all those who were part of the John Lennon story.
"John" is not in the least sentimental. John's drug use is mentioned matter-of-factly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She loves you ... 11 Jun 2006
When I first read about this book, I dismissed it assuming Cynthia was "cashing in". However, the book was recommended to me and once I picked it up I could not put it down. Cynthia has produced a fascinating glimpse into the life of an icon. She manages to remain balanced, and yet her descriptions of his behaviour show that he was complex, flawed and often cruel. His treatment of his older son Julian is nothing short of disgraceful. As a long time Lennon fan, I am sorry to say that he was not a nice person and Cynthia would have been better off without him, which is precisely her own conclusion at the end of the book. Read it! It is excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having not been alive during the beatlemania and knowing very little about the band I love so much this book was a heaven sent. I did not put it down from the moment it came through my door. By the time I had finished I was extremly grateful to Cynthia for writing her tale as it cleared so many things about John that had been smothered in rumour and I learnt so much about the man I admire. Although some of it is hard to read as she reveals the less well known often disparaging side of John, but she writes with such strength of character and I have nothing but admiration for her. I feel such sadness that we will never hear John's side of the story, and as probably predicted Cynthia's story may well be in some parts one sided. But we must understand that in any situation a divorce is hard but what she went through with Julian in those circumstances is admirable to say the least. But, without a doubt this is an amzing read for any John Lennon fan and as one of the younger ones I may say that is a great way to finmd out more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and sometimes sad perspective of John's life
Cynthia' s story of her life with John, gave a different perspective of the John/ Yoko relationship. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Carol Everson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 14 days ago by Betty Boop
2.0 out of 5 stars thought she'd be fairer and less self pity
awful.I know Cynthia and particularly julian had a very hard time when john left and after as well. If julian writes a book I would understand it if it was bitter and sad . Read more
Published 29 days ago by cyberjeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Published 1 month ago by Rosemarie Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by jamesbyrne
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm imaganing
An un known insight that know one was awear about in to his life, marrage, and road to fame that was often kept away from the public eye
Published 3 months ago by jenny/petite
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great for a present especially for hubby cant wait to do house work listening to this saves sitting still two things at once
Published 4 months ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars John by Cynthia Lennon
Very moving story, told by the one person who knew it.It portrays Lennon as he was a flawed genius.Also how Cynthia and Julian have managed to make a life for themselves despite... Read more
Published 4 months ago by amber
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN
Balanced and articulate. A reminder of a man who was a part of our lives for 20 years. Would. Recommend for anyone who remembers the Beatles with affection, but also as flawed... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Linda Woodall
4.0 out of 5 stars A subjective but believable account of a very difficult life
This book could just as accurately be titled 'Cynthia' as it is the autobiography of John Lennon's first wife. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Reid
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