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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read., 22 May 2006
This review is from: The Moon's a Balloon (Paperback)
Are you looking for an excellent read which will make you or someone in your life laugh? Then look no further. The Moon's a Balloon (and "Bring on the Empty Horses!") are two of the funniest and most satisfying books I have ever read.

David Niven was not always a star. He had to go away and learn his trade in "B" movies before being allowed to enter the big time. He learnt that trade so well he eventually won an Oscar. Unlike some who were destined to become greats of Hollywood, he also put his entire acting career on hold whilst he served as an officer in a fighting unit throughout WW2. This book tells the first half of his life's story and what a story it is. Like every biography ever written, the best bits are not found at the beginning, so some readers, therefore, might find it slow going at first - though most will not. Then we meet the rich and famous stars of Hollywood from another era and learn a little about each of these people and their various relationships as we move from one to another and sometimes back again.

Written in David Niven's own hilarious style, there is so much humour here that you "will" find yourself insisting others read this book. In fact, it is so funny - especially his descriptions of the wrong use of English words by foreign movie directors, one finishes the book in the knowledge that had David Niven not become an Oscar-winning movie star, he would easily have achieved great success as a writer.

Refreshingly, Niven writes about his fellow personalities from that golden age of the Hollywood of yester-year with charming frankness. Where others might expose drunkenness or sordid behaviour, Niven simply makes us laugh and, in so doing you really do get the feeling that those of whom he speaks would approve.

The underlying theme, of course, is David Niven's life and, as one reviewer has said elsewhere, this book leaves you wishing you had met this man. Me too.

NM
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2014 08:20:16 GMT
Get a Life says:
You've put 2 revuws here.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 16:45:26 GMT
Hello again - and thank you for posting this comment twice!

I originally posted a copy of this review on two separate pages where the same book was advertised for sale - quite separately of each other. When one of those pages was eventually closed down, Amazon transferred the review on that page to join the review on this page - making it appear as though I have posted the review twice. It is very annoying because it attracts negative reviews!

Best wishes.

NM
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