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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2010
This book is full of GC-humour style stories and inside views on some of actions and decisions that this man has made during his life. Even though it hasn't been written by George himself it really fits his spoken-style, making you feel like it's him telling those stories. I would recommend it to anyone, who's interested in his ways of thinking, perceiving and development through the years. You will get to know how and why he transformed from suit-dressed, role playing, "user friendly" comedian, through hippie style rebel, up to becoming one of the most influential writer/comedian that've ever lived. He'll also guide You through thoughts, reasons and opinions that he had in the past, and he'll comment on them with more recent point of view. In "Last Words" you'll find his ups and downs, successes and drug problems, friendships, influences and even parts of the scripts from some of his shows.

As George Carlin used to describe himself: at the beginning he was a performer, who was writing his own material, through development he became writer, who performed his own material. I think he became more than that - an audience shaping performer, able if not to change people's minds, then - al least - make people start to question things.

Good to get to know him a little bit better.

"But when you're in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you're guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It's very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That's when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow."
[George Carlin]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2010
Carlin is a very funny, very angry, very insightful thinker. His satirical commentary on our times and culture and the human condition are enlightened and enlightening. Yes, he does rant here and there, but it's a lot more and wiser and more reflective than most. It's worth your time. Carlin is more than a stand-up comedian. He's in the club with Mark Twain and Ambrose Bearce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
Having recently discovered George Carlin, sadly posthumously..I was intrigued to see what his take would be on his upbringing in New York.

His genius with the written word, is clearly evident in this book...funny and poigniant in equal measure.
Really enjoyed reading about his experiences in the USAF.

Recommended reading to all
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2011
This autobiography of Carlin starts at the beginning, the very beginning. Carlin starts on the moment where he was conceived. Next to being funny in his own Carlin-way it's very interesting to read about his life growing up in New York.

Of course his carreer is put under the microscope and explained by him in great detail. Talking about his first job, his first attempts at comedy, his appearances on television and how his comedy shapes over time. We see how his first show came to be about (and many after that).

Mr. Carlin is very open about how he lived his life (including the addictions and violent outbursts) and the life with his family.

A very inspirational and entertaining read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2011
As a fan of George Carlin I can say that having access to this book gave me an insight on a few things I didn't know about him. His tv performances and his material in general (specially HBO shows) are familiar to me, but the intimate sight of his upcoming, his relationship with family, friends, and the dark side of the world made me appreciate him even more.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 May 2013
I purchased this for my dad and I to read. We have always been big george carlin fans and have read other books of his, which have made us laugh out loud. This book wasn't the typical george carlin ranting. Some of the bits were good, but if you are looking for a good george carlin book that will actually make you laugh try "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops", "Brain Droppings" or "Napalm & Sillyputty" (I rank them best to least favorite in this order followed by this book)
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on 29 March 2013
There's not a great deal about Americans that I like but Bilko, The Marx Brothers, Bill Hicks and Chris Rock are exceptions. Top of the tree though is this guy who died far too soon. A real thinking comedian who told it like it was. Loads of him on youtube of which his Saving the Planet is my personal favourite. This book is a warts and all compelling read ..... enjoy it!
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on 28 December 2011
I love george carlin,i was a little disappointed with this,can't put my finger on it,there was something about the way the book was written that aggravated me, i would have liked a bit more depth into carlin,it seemed to skim over the surface.
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on 8 December 2013
Read the reviews on all the books I could find on George Carlin, and this one came
highly recommended. Bought as a gift for a fan of his, was delivered quickly and looks
like a good read
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on 10 November 2013
Carlin, one of the last comedy greats, spills his guts in this hilarious and heartwarming biography. No filler, just a fantastic read.
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