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Tears of a Shadow [Hardcover]

Stella Patchouli

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Dec 2002
Stella Patchouli, an aristocrat's daughter, spends her childhood exiled in Switzerland. At age 13, she runs away on a midnight train to Munich, carrying her good luck charm: an Elvis Presley album. She survives her teenage years as a nude dancer and a celebrated star in France. In August 1975, she meets her idol in Las Vegas. Her date with destiny takes her to Memphis Tennessee where she witnesses the last months of Elvis' life and his slow, agonizing, so-called tragic death. In this autobiography the conspiracy to keep The King forever young is exposed; a plan so well mapped out that those who did it will never be held liable for the perfect Rock 'n' Roll Hit.

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"What a terrific story!-is a real page-turner; Elvis/Memphis tale just one part of a truly fascinating life--" -- JANIS CHASKIN, Vice President, Creative affairs, NEW LINE CINEMA, Inc.

What a terrific story…a real page-turner, and Elvis/Memphis tale just one part of a larger and truly fascinating life. -- -Janis Rothbard Chaskin, Vice President, Creative Affairs, NEW LINE CINEMA

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For Linda [Thompson], her encounter with Elvis wasn’t strange at all. He’d been the hometown boy, she, the hometown girl - the next door neighbor intimates. But for me, a girl who came from the Sahara of flaming oil wells, all that was mystical. Once more, I doubted no longer that one’s destiny was preordained.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars no delete button to be found here... 27 Jun 2011
By Goo-Goo - Published on Amazon.com
Trying to delete something here, but there's no delete button here. It doesn't allow me to delete anything, either since
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5.0 out of 5 stars No lies, no pretense here. Just honesty and courage� 31 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Once in a while, one has the privilege of coming across (stumbling across really) a book that captivates one's imagination and grips one's emotions from beginning to end.
"Tears of a Shadow" is such a book.
I bought the book initially because one chapter deals with a topic I am doing some research on. When I got the book, instead of going directly to the chapter that was of interest to me, I made the mistake of starting with the very first page... and I found that I could not put the book down. I read it straight through... and read it again... I was hooked...
This book is written simply without false pretense. It consists of a series of vignettes, bits of the puzzle of the author's life. In the end, the puzzle complete, one gets a glimpse of an extraordinary woman's persona.
The book operates on many levels. On one level, it is simply the life of a woman recounted through her many encounters with famous or not so famous people, including Elvis. This is very interesting in and of itself. But, in my opinion, the golden nuggets lie elsewhere on a different layer of reality and consciousness.
A child exiled, exiled from family and loved ones, exiled from her country and culture, and exiled, most importantly, from herself, alone in a world that is not hers must find ways to survive on her own. The book, deep down, is really about her courageous "journey through the desert" from that alien world to the "virgin land" that so many exiles ultimately may call home. We witness her metamorphosis from the child who puts a pillow over her head to shut out an inhospitable world to the woman who creates a world that she can call her own and finds hope in small and insignificant things (the most important ones).
This is an extraordinary book and its power lies in its authenticity. No lies, no pretense here. Just honesty and courage...
I hope this author keeps writing books. I have the sneaking suspicion that she has something special to offer the world...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this? Is it real? 5 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Are we reading the same book? This is utter tripe. A vain, silly woman (is she for real?) seems to have written her life story in 10 minutes. And then she adds in some Elvis to interest fans. Halfway through it, I was starting to think it was all made up. Is it? Are there people like this out there? They met Elvis once or twice and then write a book about it.
What drivel. Stop printing garbage like this and stop trying to fleece Elvis fans.
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