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5.0 out of 5 stars
Not just wlid on screen !!, 9 Sep 2002
Harpo Speaks is an excellently written,easily read biography, which keeps you enthralled and eager to not put this book down. Each chapter is a short story in its own right giving a vivid look into the past, not just of harpo's life, but of family and friends and the social climate of that era. Reading this book gives you the awareness of actually how famous the Marx's had become through determination of there Mother Minnie who put her five sons on the stage sometimes with resentment. Unlike Groucho's book 'Groucho and me' this isn't afraid to name drop, listing some of the most famous names of the time, throughout the world who Harpo had met and had become close friends with. It give you an insight into the turn of the twentieth century in the poorer areas of New York and how you could survive earning very little, especially with Harpo's choice of lack of education. Wonderful stories of his childhood and his many jobs, that today you would be embarrassed to admit. Hope i haven't given anything away as this is a book you must read if you are a Marxist,(in the movie sense).