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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting work
This biography of the famous tenor is most interesting in its detailed and clear explanations of the tangled business dealings which added to the complicated circumstances of Mario Lanza's life. The writer shrewdly identifies the collision of the relatively regular guy Freddy Cocozza with the superstar Mario Lanza as a basic cause of the confusion and unhappiness that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CONTENT, BADLY WRITTEN
Roland Bessette's "Mario Lanza" is a good object lesson about the price of fame and an interesting survey course in the career of this gifted but horrifyingly troubled tenor.
But attorney Bessette's book proves that as a writer, he makes an excellent lawyer. Bassette's sentence structure, confusing and contradictory information and feeble attempts at...
Published on 24 May 1999


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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CONTENT, BADLY WRITTEN, 24 May 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
Roland Bessette's "Mario Lanza" is a good object lesson about the price of fame and an interesting survey course in the career of this gifted but horrifyingly troubled tenor.
But attorney Bessette's book proves that as a writer, he makes an excellent lawyer. Bassette's sentence structure, confusing and contradictory information and feeble attempts at humor all mar what is otherwise a well researched work on a man about whom the author obviously cares.
Here in Philadelphia, Mario Lanza is something of a diety: its good to see the record set straight. In the end, it seems his failings make his accomplishments all the brighter. If only Mr. Bessette had had what today is that rarest of all things: a good editor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced, but sordid, 4 April 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This is a good run of the mill celebrity biography. Certainly it gives an explanation of some the dynamics of Lanza's life from a medical and psychiatric background and actually makes it more sympathetic to them. In fact, the Lanzas' lives, complicated by mental illness and substance addiction, were very tragic. On the other hand, the author could have expanded his list of sources. This limitation is my primary objection to the book. I must say I am very surprised by the virtulant response to this book because much of this was already known and published, and Lanza, like most of us, did not lead a perfect life
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting work, 17 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This biography of the famous tenor is most interesting in its detailed and clear explanations of the tangled business dealings which added to the complicated circumstances of Mario Lanza's life. The writer shrewdly identifies the collision of the relatively regular guy Freddy Cocozza with the superstar Mario Lanza as a basic cause of the confusion and unhappiness that contributed to his tragically destructive life style.
It is not essential to enjoyment in reading any book, including this one, to agree slavishly with all the conclusions reached by the author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage - Lanza deserves better treatment. Pure tabloid., 11 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This book makes supermarket tabloids look like great literature. It centers on, and magnifies every negative aspect of Lanza's life, and does little to give description to one of the greatest tenor voices of the century. Even when his voice is given praise, it is usually tinged with negative commentary. Much is drawn from previous biographies (Callinicos, Bernard, Robinson) which makes this a rather lazy effort that brings little else of a factual matter to light. The only redeeming quality of this work is the inclusion of rare photos which Lanza fans will enjoy. You can forget the rest as worthless.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Negativity!, 17 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
Mario Lanza was one of the greatest tenors of all time. I was only 7 when he died, but I remember listening to my sister's records of him, especially "The Student Prince", which I still have, along with some of his CD's and all his movies. This book seems to desicrate his memory--and all the happiness his wonderful voice brought to everyone. I enjoyed the pictures, but did not care for the tone of the book, which seemed unnecessarily negative. I agree with you, Damon! Your Dad was wonderful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing list of Lanza's failings., 14 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This is a depressing list of Lanza's failings, passing as a biography. It's everything negative about Lanza that you didn't want to know.If you've seen Lanza in his movies, you won't find that Lanza here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great biography of Lanza., 17 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
Lanza led a difficult life. This book does not hide from that. It tells you the highs and lows of his life. It is a great read. Well researched.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Superficial One Demensional Cold & Detached Report, 13 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This book was written like a cold detached boring report....It is a shame that the author wasn't able to capture the "passion" of the artist in his writing. It is fine to write an honest portrayal which deals human frailties but it should be balanced with a better understanding in terms of the "whys" and the "whats" that were behind the persona of the man....This book was written like a National Enquirer Article. What this book is missing is the ability to write from and with "heart," it is cerebral report. The problem in this book is not so much what was written but how it was written. Life is a schoolhouse, perhaps the author step down from his superficial pedestal of "authority" and study it and try to understand it before he attempts to play God and be a self proclaimed authority on someone else's life. It is very difficult to read a book, and care about the subject of the book, when the author writes on a superficial level and appears not to have the ability care or write with some amount of human compassion pertaining to the subject of his book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping good read., 16 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
Authorative, well-written and nicely packaged, it is a book for Lanza and non-Lanza fans to enjoy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hope the author never gets an interview, 20 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile (Hardcover)
This author and his book leaves a lot to be desired. Although he writes well, he misses the mark with his feeble attempt to undermine Mario. Never have met any of the family, he professes to know too much and depends on others and their wanting to be included in his book, in which they give him any information that he wants to hear. He has not done his homework well and no matter what others may say, he is no expert on Mario. He never knew Mario or his family. This is a cheap shot for him to make money on. His next cheap shot is on Lucy Ball, which will be a bigger mistake. He already started on her...
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