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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any stallone fan, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Stallone - A Rocky Life (Paperback)
I'd be lying if I said I was a Stallone fanatic, or even fan. However, increasingly I have admired a man who has the reached the dizzying heights of box-office legend without being able to fully annunciate. This admiration caused me to want to know about Sly's background more and more. What drives him? Was he born with a speech impediment? (Seemingly he wasn't.) Then I came across STALLONE: A ROCKY LIFE. Neither knowing previously about Stallone nor the author's other work, it is impossible for me to judge the accuracy of the author Frank Salleno's research and subsequent analysing. I did notice Salleno had written a few biographies all published within a year of each other, which worried me. (To fully know and research a subject surely takes much longer?) I also noted the book doesn't have an index, nor does it catalogue Sly's performances - which is frustrating, if not amateur. However, A ROCKY LIFE does appear to have been reasonably well researched and goes some way to unveiling the embryo that is Sylvester Stallone: superstar, Sylvester Stallone: man, in this well presented and easy-to-read book. Moreover, so many biographers set out to either castigate or lionise their subject (even Salleno, according to other book reviews) that A ROCKY LIFE, refreshingly, appears to do neither. Don't set this book in stone, but definitely a must read for any Stallone fan, or wannabee film star.
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