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The King and I - How Elvis Shaped My Life (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Mount
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Book Description

The King and I tells the story of Harry Mount's fixation with Elvis over 35 years; how it changed from mild interest as a child, via self-mocking adolescent fandom to full-blown obsession at university, before settling into relatively sane reverence today.
What happens to our teenage obsessions when we grow up? How do they help - or harm - us? In this moving, funny memoir, Harry Mount reveals how Elvis released him from the bookish shyness of his sheltered childhood, and provided a magical escape route from his conventional, cloistered public school background.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1468 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEHBV78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing not worth finishing. 27 Jan. 2014
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If it wasn't an E book I would get more satisfaction from this book by burning it. I didn't finish it as his reminisces were disjointed and made an icon like Elvis seem boring. Criminal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth finishing... Or starting! 24 Jan. 2014
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Not worth finishing. A cheap book bought in haste but thrown away at leisure. So many many better books available!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 2 April 2014
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Didn't enjoy very early on, tried and tried but could not warrant the time to continue. Maybe its just me?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick short read but not enough about Elvis 11 Feb. 2014
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A quick short read but not enough about Elvis himself. I expect the author wanted to put on paper how Elvis shaped his life so he is probably happy with this book, somewhat self indulgent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Elvis fans only. 8 Mar. 2014
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I was rather boarded reading this book. Cannot really recommend it. But if you're an Elvis fan perhaps you might enjoy reading it. I bought it because the price was cheap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice Recollection of lifetime thoughts. 15 Oct. 2014
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Interesting read from a man who charts his interest in Elvis throughout his childhood and working life.
Thanks for sharing lots of your own personal but resonant thoughts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but! 13 Jan. 2014
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Did this read enrich my knowledge of the world? Did it inform or entertain? A bit of each but it still left me with the question "why?"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written essay 30 Dec. 2013
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I found this essay interesting because I have occasionally wondered what Elvis means to those fans born after his initial impact and those born after his death. It was easy for me – I was 9 years old in 1956 and got to witness the entire phenomenon first hand.
It’s well written – the author is articulate and well educated but he keeps things straightforward, without resorting to any flowery prose.

Harry doesn’t seem to really want to be a fan and I can appreciate that. It’s not something you switch on, it just happens. I’m by no means obsessive (never been to Graceland for a start) but I’ve been a fan and I am a fan and if you are talking to someone who is not and never would be a fan of someone then they are going to think you are odd. He spends a lot of time trying to convince us that he’s normal. Of course, if you are a fan then you won't need it pointing out and if you are not a fan type person then you will never be convinced.

An illuminating thing happened to me once. I was in a car with three friends going down to an Elvis convention in the good old days when Elvis was still with us. We stopped at traffic lights and a coach pulled up beside us. Elvis stickers were all over the windows, they were clearly going to the same destination. I pointed out the bus to my friends and we were all delighted. However, the faces on the bus immediately closed down and got that defensive look. We were mocking them, they were used to it. I put an Elvis book up against the car window and the faces all started smiling. We then spent the next 30 seconds or so before the lights changed waving at one another. It was ok - we were all in the same gang!
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