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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a long walk with the madness that created genius, 23 Jun 2000
Those of us who know Paris and Barcelona, Figueras, Cadaques and Port Lligat will enjoy a nostalgic walk with Dali and find a new way to look at his work. The Supreme Ego, the Magician, the Divine Dali was accompanied by Carlos Lozano for 20 years - a rare priviledge - and at the same time a disturbing experience, told sympathetically by Clifford Thurlow, with pace, humour, pathos and a delightful craftsmanship with metaphoric analogy, - very symbolic, very surrealist, very Dalinian. Namedropping adds spice, but without burning the throat. Beautifully opened and tearfully closed, the book takes the reader for a scenic railway ride through the madness of life with Dali, the Great Masturbator, and reviews the era of the beautiful, the hippy, the jet-set gullibility of the 70s and beyond. Although not designed to shock, the book opens the door on the day to day life of a genius, and discovers the pathetic insecurity of the man behind the moustache. A gem of a diary account. You won't be content to read it only once, and you'll find yourself quoting from it for a very long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 11 Aug 2012
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What a book. Fantasically written account of Carlos Lozano's time spent in the prescence of the Court of Dali. The setting is flowery & anything can & will happen. It's a time when people wanted & were still able to shock by behaviour & dress. A time that no longer exists. If you want a peek into a bygone world of excess, privilege & beauty, this is a book for you. Some of the excesses are verging on medieval. Dali performed, often brilliantly, occasionally banally in his quest to shock while Carlos stood silently by, ever the good friend, absorbing all around him & never losing his sense of wondrement. Thankfully, his memory of recall served him well. Carlos comes across as a very likeable person to open up this world that only the young, beautiful & very wealthy were allowed to see. His aim was to please & be liked & he certainly achieves that with this marvellous memoir. Thank you Mr. Thurlow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre...and sad, 10 Sep 2000
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This is a fascinating look at Salvador Dali. While some might say that he saw truth where others don't, when you read some of the quotes attributed to him, you might agree with me that it is only gibberish, the wanderings of a confused mind. Yet a mind that produced such thought-provoking artwork...
His sex life was bizarre. His thought processes were bizarre. Yet the description of his life made me feel sad, because Dali was incapable of being intimate with any other person, resulting in such loneliness. This is in spite of the reputation he acquired...
This is a juicy book, with stories about Smantha Eggar, Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and his wife, among others. Dali's sexual adventures, if they can be called that, are explained. His pick-up line to a beautiful young woman is certainly original.
Was Dali insane? Was Dali gay? The book, like Dali, is full of contradictions. I took my time to read it, and now I want to take a second look at his artwork, but with fresh insight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and engaging on every page, 3 April 2012
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This is a remarkable book and a hugely readable one. Clifford Thurlow not only gets inside the head of Carlos Lozano, Salvador Dalí's `Ambassador' in Cadaqués, but also gives us rich glimpses into the life of Dalí and his always interesting entourage.
Thurlow effortlessly gets the reader to empathise with Lozano - the poor boy from Barranquilla. First as a dancer and latterly as a gallery owner Carlos Lozano retains a closeness to Dalí that enables him to understand the great eccentric like few others - and in a much more rounded way. Thus the reader is drawn into Dalí's circle of friends, hangers on, assorted eccentrics and their lives on a daily basis in a way that few other books on Dalí have managed to capture.
The zeitgeist is beautifully evoked with vignettes such as George Harrisons's head popping over a wall and Dali thinking he was an assassin, or Keith Richards accusing Lozano of stealing his coat. It also touchingly recounts the slow decline of Dalí and Gala through Lozano's eyes - a part of the book where the affection of Lozano for his long time friend and the life that this friendship gave him is written with skill and sensitivity.
The reader will be drawn into this Sex, Surrealism, Dalí and Me, regardless of any prior knowledge of Lozano or Dalí, because it stylish, well crafted, elegantly written and most importantly a cracking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Whom The Balls Toll - Dali's metaphysical insolence, 10 Jun 2000
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At last a book on Dali shot entirely in big close-ups. The style : magic realism meets tabloid journalism. The content : that for the painter to address a canvas he should wave his dick at it, and for the painter to impress his public he should turn his back on it. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dali dali good, 3 Aug 2012
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wonderfully colourful written insight into the man. not for everyone but i certainly found it gripping and filled to the brim with fascinating glimses of the man himself. i devoured the book in record time. bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Whom The Balls Toll - Dali's metaphysical insolence, 12 Jun 2000
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At last a book on Dali shot entirely in big close-ups. The style is magic realism meets tabloid journalism. The form is picaresque, an adventure of preposterous honesty wherein a young Colombian actor gains the confidence of the world's most celebrated painter. A dozen revelations on every page - and it's all true. Amazing stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 28 Sep 2012
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There are many biographies on, by and about Salvador Dali, but it is unlikely that you will find any better than Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me. The book is moving, often funny, even courageous. I couldn't put it down and it is one of those books that I will go back to and read again. Truly a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read for all Dali fans!!, 28 May 2012
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A hugely entertaining read, offering an interesting and very different viewpoint compared to the myriad of books already written about the genius that was Dali. Rather than just a rehash of the many famous stories that are widely known, Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me offers a peek inside the mind of the artist that maybe only Carlos and Gala ever saw. For all the Dali fans out there, this is a must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Divine Genius, 11 April 2012
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Just finished this book...Salvador Dali is arguably the best known of all the surrealists and one of the most popular of the 20th century. Dali gave huge attention to minute detail and virtuoso technique and displayed great ingenuity and showmanship. His genius for flamboyant self-promotion led to huge notoriety and public recognition, when he died in 1989 he was one of the most famous artists in the world and a giant of the modern era.
This classically written book ably describes Dali's multifaceted personality as he lives his life accompanied by his special friend Carlos Lozano an actor from Colombia. For those who saw Dali only as an exhibitionist it lays bare his vulnerability pouring scorn on his detractors; Andre Breton anagrammatically referred to him as Avida Dollars for his addiction, as he saw it, to extravagance and money.
In his biography, Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me, Clifford Thurlow stylishly portrays the life and times of a genius. It is a book you will find difficult to put down. Truly, Salvador became the divine Dali...forever.
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