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By Myself and Then Some
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2011
I originally purchased this book when it came out in 1975.I forgot i had it when i recently purchased the revised updated edition.To me the book really falls into 3 parts.Firstly her childhood in New York,then her time in Hollywood till the death of Bogart and finally her life since 1957.I found the first two parts riveting but the last put less so.I didnt really like the last 50 or so pages which i felt were rather morbid.She goes into great detail about the deaths of many of her friends.It rather left me feeling quite glum.In fact if you were just to read the original book and omit the final 70 pages which have been added to the original you really wont have missed a great deal.
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on 8 January 2015
Although I bought this book a few weeks back I have not had the time to read it until recently. A really fabulous read I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep each night. The book "By Myself" is just one long chapter there is no break until you come to the added section...."and then some". The book just flows through Miss Bacall's life beautifully. Lots of content without it being " full detail" like some peoples autobiographies are. A real insight into the background of the film and theatre industries of the time. Highly recommended read.
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on 16 December 2014
Like anyone, there's bits of Betty's life that she doesn't want to tell the world about. A bit over sugared pour moi darling, but pretty good as personal retrospectives go. Her self-awareness is ok, but a little saccharine. Having said that I found myself staying up late to read a bit more, as it's well written and fast paced. Would have liked it to have been a bit edgier, outspoken and controversial, but then it was written years ago by a lovely, clever lady from a bygone era.
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on 20 July 2015
Highlighting her life Bogart and her struggle in finding a place for herself in acting after his death. A great actress who had to work hard to prove her worth.
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on 9 January 2015
A moving and fascinating insight into the life and times of Lauren Bacall. Authentically written, full of real life experiences. I really enjoyed it.
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on 12 June 2015
A very interesting story, brought back memories of old Hollywood and how things were done, also a in depth look at some of the stars of yesteryear.
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on 30 December 2014
Excellent read. Enjoyed every page of the book
Enjoyed every page
Couldn't put it down
Extraordinary life and people she met
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on 4 February 2015
This is the very first time I read a book about LB. She was certainly a character. Her delivery and story make the book interesting.
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on 4 September 2014
Really interesting and well written. Amazing how much more you find out about a person in a self written book. Highly recommend.
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on 3 June 2015
a good read and gives you lots of information about ther life and her thoughts of Hollywood, her marriages and herself
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