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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491038209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491038208
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clifford Thurlow (born 1952, in London, England) trained as a journalist and wrote his first book at age 23. He has been described by Penny Wark of The Times as "one of the UK's best ghostwriters."

Thurlow studied Buddhism in India and worked with the Dalai Lama as one of a team translating Tibetan sacred texts into English. He traded gemstones in South East Asia and ran a travelling dolphin show in Spain before moving to Hollywood where he penned Carol White's autobiography Carol Comes Home.

Thurlow is noted for creating novelised-style true life memoirs. Recent books are Fatwa: Living With A Death Threat (Hodder & Stoughton 2005), which describes the flight of Jacky Trevane across the desert with two children to escape an abusive husband; Today I'm Alice (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2009) the story of Multiple Personality Disorder survivor Alice Jamieson, a Sunday Times Top Ten best-seller; and two books set in Iraq with former infantry captain James Ashcroft, Escape From Baghdad (Virgin 2009), the rescue of Ashcroft's former Iraqi interpreter and his family from Shia Death Squads, W H Smith's Top Twenty; and Making A Killing (Virgin 2006) - on which Andy Martin wrote in The Daily Telegraph: "Ashcroft must have formed a good working alliance with ghostwriter Clifford Thurlow, because this diary of death and destruction radiates not just personality but that illusive, lyrical honesty the existentialists used to call authenticity.'

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Carlos Lozano's sexy, eyewitness account of life with Dali is described in a colourful, energetic style that touches the sublime and the magnificent. The combination of his story and the breathtaking style of his collaborator, the award winning writer Clifford Thurlow, combine to create a book that is truly memorable. For once, names are named and, the veil of hype and mystique that so often surrounded Dali is blown away for all to see. Once we started, we couldn't put it down! EXHIBIT:A - International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000 -- EXHIBIT:A - International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000

The Surrealist painter deliberately lived his life to complement his deceptive and illusory art. By the end, it was so close to being a confidence trick in itself that historians and biographers have had to struggle to separate fact from the sexual fantasy. Lozano's book is now set to bring the voice of an eye witness to the Salvador Dali myth - and to all the orgiastic gossip about the past. Vanessa Thorpe - The Observer February 20th, 2000. -- Vanessa Thorpe - The Observer February 20th, 2000 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Revealed: the intimate secrets of Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dali was the 20th century's most important artist. Okay. There's Picasso; Marcel Duchamp. But for suspending time in the Persistence of Memory, for appealing to our subconscious fears and frustrations in the Metamorphosis of Narcissus, for pure unadulterated personality, Dali is peerless. He was a circus. The big top was always full. He was always on stage: the clown, the magician, the man on the high wire and up there in the white heat of the spotlight what we see is an image, a shadow, a spectral secret few people were invited to share. Carlos Lozano was one of the select. They connected as young boys connect. Sometimes they were naughty boys. They played. They were always friends and within the bounds of this friendship, Carlos was enriched by insights that reveal the broadest range of emotions, the private terrors and the moments of self-doubt that make up the complex portrait of art's most intriguing practitioner. Dali hated pornography. He loved eroticism. Surrealism, drawing upon the insights of Freud, wanted to unlock human sexuality. Salvador Dali was its greatest exponent. As he said – and more than once: The only difference between me and the surrealists is that I am a surrealist. It was a privilege for me to be allowed to share Carlos Lozano's unique story and write his memoirs in Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me. It is, I hope, surreal, erotic and lots of fun. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By loiner on 3 April 2012
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This is a remarkable book and a hugely readable one. Clifford Thurlow not only gets inside the head of Carlos Lozano, Salvador Dalí's `Ambassador' in Cadaqués, but also gives us rich glimpses into the life of Dalí and his always interesting entourage.
Thurlow effortlessly gets the reader to empathise with Lozano - the poor boy from Barranquilla. First as a dancer and latterly as a gallery owner Carlos Lozano retains a closeness to Dalí that enables him to understand the great eccentric like few others - and in a much more rounded way. Thus the reader is drawn into Dalí's circle of friends, hangers on, assorted eccentrics and their lives on a daily basis in a way that few other books on Dalí have managed to capture.
The zeitgeist is beautifully evoked with vignettes such as George Harrisons's head popping over a wall and Dali thinking he was an assassin, or Keith Richards accusing Lozano of stealing his coat. It also touchingly recounts the slow decline of Dalí and Gala through Lozano's eyes - a part of the book where the affection of Lozano for his long time friend and the life that this friendship gave him is written with skill and sensitivity.
The reader will be drawn into this Sex, Surrealism, Dalí and Me, regardless of any prior knowledge of Lozano or Dalí, because it stylish, well crafted, elegantly written and most importantly a cracking read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jimarnold@teleline.es on 23 Jun. 2000
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Those of us who know Paris and Barcelona, Figueras, Cadaques and Port Lligat will enjoy a nostalgic walk with Dali and find a new way to look at his work. The Supreme Ego, the Magician, the Divine Dali was accompanied by Carlos Lozano for 20 years - a rare priviledge - and at the same time a disturbing experience, told sympathetically by Clifford Thurlow, with pace, humour, pathos and a delightful craftsmanship with metaphoric analogy, - very symbolic, very surrealist, very Dalinian. Namedropping adds spice, but without burning the throat. Beautifully opened and tearfully closed, the book takes the reader for a scenic railway ride through the madness of life with Dali, the Great Masturbator, and reviews the era of the beautiful, the hippy, the jet-set gullibility of the 70s and beyond. Although not designed to shock, the book opens the door on the day to day life of a genius, and discovers the pathetic insecurity of the man behind the moustache. A gem of a diary account. You won't be content to read it only once, and you'll find yourself quoting from it for a very long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By markkeys on 11 Aug. 2012
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What a book. Fantasically written account of Carlos Lozano's time spent in the prescence of the Court of Dali. The setting is flowery & anything can & will happen. It's a time when people wanted & were still able to shock by behaviour & dress. A time that no longer exists. If you want a peek into a bygone world of excess, privilege & beauty, this is a book for you. Some of the excesses are verging on medieval. Dali performed, often brilliantly, occasionally banally in his quest to shock while Carlos stood silently by, ever the good friend, absorbing all around him & never losing his sense of wondrement. Thankfully, his memory of recall served him well. Carlos comes across as a very likeable person to open up this world that only the young, beautiful & very wealthy were allowed to see. His aim was to please & be liked & he certainly achieves that with this marvellous memoir. Thank you Mr. Thurlow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Catterall on 11 April 2012
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Just finished this book...Salvador Dali is arguably the best known of all the surrealists and one of the most popular of the 20th century. Dali gave huge attention to minute detail and virtuoso technique and displayed great ingenuity and showmanship. His genius for flamboyant self-promotion led to huge notoriety and public recognition, when he died in 1989 he was one of the most famous artists in the world and a giant of the modern era.
This classically written book ably describes Dali's multifaceted personality as he lives his life accompanied by his special friend Carlos Lozano an actor from Colombia. For those who saw Dali only as an exhibitionist it lays bare his vulnerability pouring scorn on his detractors; Andre Breton anagrammatically referred to him as Avida Dollars for his addiction, as he saw it, to extravagance and money.
In his biography, Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me, Clifford Thurlow stylishly portrays the life and times of a genius. It is a book you will find difficult to put down. Truly, Salvador became the divine Dali...forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2000
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This is a fascinating look at Salvador Dali. While some might say that he saw truth where others don't, when you read some of the quotes attributed to him, you might agree with me that it is only gibberish, the wanderings of a confused mind. Yet a mind that produced such thought-provoking artwork...
His sex life was bizarre. His thought processes were bizarre. Yet the description of his life made me feel sad, because Dali was incapable of being intimate with any other person, resulting in such loneliness. This is in spite of the reputation he acquired...
This is a juicy book, with stories about Smantha Eggar, Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and his wife, among others. Dali's sexual adventures, if they can be called that, are explained. His pick-up line to a beautiful young woman is certainly original.
Was Dali insane? Was Dali gay? The book, like Dali, is full of contradictions. I took my time to read it, and now I want to take a second look at his artwork, but with fresh insight.
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