- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; 2nd Impression edition (1 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099493764
- ISBN-13: 978-0099493761
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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"'I couldn't put it down and I couldn't stop laughing'" (Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe)
"'Alda dips and weaves through his life story with bracing unpredictability, dwelling with wry humour on the ups and downs.'" (Mail on Sunday)
"Alda's account is affecting and amusing ... An infinitely more profound and stimulating study than the standard luvvie's autobiography" (Spectator)
"'[An] entertaining autobiography tempered with humility and a depth rarely found in celebrity memoirs'" (Publishers Weekly)
"'An entertaining and profound read with a strong sense of the ridiculous'" (Ireland on Sunday)
'Honest, touching and very funny - like Mr Alda himself' David Mamet, author of Glengarry Glen Ross
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This book doesn't deal with any one topic about Alan Alda's life. It deals with both his career and his personal life, yet he never delves TOO deeply into either, yet he integrates them with a mastery i have never read before. I assume it's because, unlike a lot of actors, acting WAS a part of his private life, and so much more than just a career.
It's amazing how he writes; he can describe an amusing moment in life then turn to something more morose, yet, with the exception of his mother's last days, the humour, though cynical and sarcastic, is always there.
The only minor problem i can see is that he never really kept any track of time in the book. I constantly found myself wondering what year were we in? How old was he now?
Other than that, this is a brilliant book written by an amazing man.
Being UK-based, I didn't know that he'd presented a show based on interviews etc. with scientists, but it all made sense; who else could play Richard Feynman? This book is far more profound than those written by people who hail from more 'serious' professions; reflective, searching, pattern-seeking, independent, honourable ... of course I'd love the blow-by-blow account of what it was like to create MASH, and maybe we'll get that some time, but this is a treat of a different and remarkably nourishing order.
The book itself begins with the immortal words "I was six before my mother decided to stab my father (paraphrased)". There is a lot of humour and the book dwells a great deal on childhood - here the dog comes in and represents a mantra about not getting stuck - why cling when you should say goodbye?
There aren't too many dates or numbers or addresses or people he's met - hardworking Alda has exceptionally for an actor - remained faithfully wedded to his wife the whole way through and is now a grandfather.
The highlight of the book is how Alda comes to terms with the Romanic church and realises to grow up. There is also a lot about acting - becoming Hecuba after Hamlet. I suppose that this book conveys that well known adage - if you want to be rich/successful - find what interests you - and fruits may follow. He talks about his mother's schizophrenia with compassion, and his relationship with his father. The first half of this book buzzes with life and heartache - acting is not a reccommended career.
So Alan found Mash or Mash found him which lead to a career blossoming in writing and presenting.
A very easy, light hearted read with lots of cheerful lessons - perhaps a little too cheerful.Read more ›
This is not a "laugh every page" book, as described by one reviewer on the back, but a very thoughtful and gentle look at his life. He never talks ill of his fellow actors. He shows us the bad side of his upbringing and his relationships with his parents.
He also passes on good advice on acting and life. Indeed Never Have Your Dog Stuffed are truly words to live by for all.
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There's far more to Alan Alda than M*A*S*H. This is an amusing, thought-provoking, well-written and well-paced autobiography by a fascinating man. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book-lover 11
Great book but not what i was expecting from Alan Alda as only seen him in Mash before.Published 4 months ago by john power
Excellent story of a bizarre childhood and of an actor struggling to make it - and surprised to find himself a leading man. Frank, honest, witty and moving.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer