"Life's a pie-fight and then you die",
This review is from: I, Fatty (Paperback)
"I, Fatty" is one of the most intriguing books I've read this year. The book is based on papers citing the life of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, star of early 20th century cinema.
Arbuckle was a celebrated comedian who came from an extremely poor background and rose up to become one of the leading and highest paid stars of two-reel comedies and movies in the late 10's and early 20's. He was loved by all until one notorious night to be remembered in Hollywood for years to come led to his tragic downfall.
Here, Jerry Stahl has put together many of Arbuckle's diary entries charting Hollywood's former golden boy's enviable rise to fame and his inevitable ruin.
What makes Arbuckle's tale so compelling is how he conveys his emotions throughout his story with plain honesty and especially his childhood years which help the reader understand Arbuckle's state of mind and how he percieved himself and his situation. Stahl conveys a strong sense of pathos throughout which makes the life of 'Fatty' Arbuckle even more compelling and paints the image of a man who was a victim of circumstance, cheated and betrayed by those who made him.