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This review is from: Bring on the Empty Horses (Hardcover)
Looking for that excellent read which will make you or someone in your life laugh? Then look no further. Bring on the Empty Horses (and "The Moon's a Balloon!") are two of the funniest and most satisfying books I have ever read. There is something about the way in which David Niven writes about other people from which you just know they would approve of what he has said. As an actor, David Niven always seemed to play the good guy, the dashing hero, the sort of character to whom we would all wish to aspire. As an author, however, he writes about his fellow personalities from the Hollywood of yester-year with whom he worked and came into contact. Where others might expose drunkenness or sordid behaviour, Niven simply makes us laugh and, as I say, those of whom he writes would, therefore, approve.
In this book, Niven confirms his credentials as an ingenious writer as he pours his own brand of humour onto each and every encounter he describes. Not once does he stoop to the level of cheap gossip, not once does attack another person. Instead, we have a first hand account of that golden age of Hollywood written by a master wordsmith who has also mastered the art of writing humour. Only a writer who had also been a central part of that of that glorious cast of characters and people could possibly have produced this work.
Was it me, or did I detect a certain disappointment from within his own relationship? More likely it was that David Niven was far too much the perfect gentleman to mention such things.
If you are a fan of the olden days - the golden days of Hollywood, you will enjoy this book. If you simply want a damned good read, you will enjoy this book even more. Truth is, I cannot imagine anyone could not enjoy such an excellent product.