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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and engaging., 17 Oct 2012
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This review is from: John Lennon: The Life (Hardcover)
Before I started to read this book, I carefully read all the reviews here and noted what they said. Two comments seemed to stand out : firstly, that Philip Norman is biased against Paul McCartney, and secondly, that he (Norman) was in Yoko's pocket, so to speak. Having now read the book, with an open mind, I can say that I did not find any support for either of these assertions. Philip Norman writes fairly and without bias : if John says or does something good, he says so; if John says or does something bad, he says so - and I can't recall him saying anything bad about Paul. What I did not like was the Americanisms. I am an Englishman reading a book I purchased in England, written by an English author, and published by an English company. I do not expect to read 'sidewalk' and 'airplane' and I think there was a 'faucet' somewhere, too. This is, admittedly, a minor quibble and, after a while, either the Americanisms stopped or I stopped noticing them. The proofreading was not good, either : while I don't recall many actual 'typos,' there were plenty of places where a word had been missed out altogether. To return to the positive side, this is a very well-written book, easy to read, informative and interesting. It is a long book (around 800 pages) but none the worse for that. Philip Norman seems to have researched his subject most carefully, and he paints a very clear picture of John. I would recommend it to any Lennon fan and any Beatles fan.
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