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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dissapointing, 8 Nov 2013
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This review is from: David Jason: My Life (Kindle Edition)
I normally find the early stages of a biog quite dull and samey but this one was written quite well, the story was interesting and honest enough to stop me skipping to the "famous" part.

I found the only fools and horses chapters to be really rushed and believe it or not to contain continuity errors, i.e the dating of the batman episode. I lost my faith and assumed it was ghost written by this point. There have been some very in-depth books regarding the only fools phonomenon which provided far greater detail than this one. Whilst i did expect some duplication in anecdotes i was sorely dissapointed at how little we gleaned from the star of the shows recollection.

As a huge fan of only fools it pains me to say i was very dissapointed with this element of the book and lets be honest this is what David Jason is best known for.

I heard David Jason agreed to do this book as he was told if he didn't someone else would. I wish i had known this was the motivation before i shelled out on this effort.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2013 11:40:04 GMT
RRTT says:
Perhaps you're confused as to the motivation behind this book, this is about David Jason and his life... not just another lamentation of the wonderful Only Fools And Horses era.
If you had opened your mind to the wider picture and not just fixated on a specific (and dare I say it, already over-documented) chapter of his life, then I feel sure you would have enjoyed it more.

I would avoid the brilliant biography of The Two Ronnies by Ronnie Corbett (And It's Goodnight From Him...) if I were you, you wouldn't like it!


Posted on 14 Nov 2013 02:47:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2013 02:51:28 GMT
Joe Bloggs says:
As another commentator has already said, this isn't just about one specific thing he's appeared in. It's about his life, hence the title. You may be a great fan of Only Fools and Horses but he's done a equally good job on many of the TV series he's appeared in. He doesn't go into detail about any of them, but weaves other events of his life around them. I for one would have found it rather boring if all it had consisted of was facts, figures and anecdotes pertaining to Only Fools and Horses. Successful as it was, it wasn't the only thing he's done in his long career, and dare I say that it has been rather over emphasised. I love Only Fools and Horses, but I admire the actor behind the character, not just one specific character he's played. At the end of the day he's an actor who has played many parts. It would be doing him an injustice as an actor to only admire him for one thing. It is a tribute to his great skill as an actor that I never think of Del Boy when I watch him in something else. Same goes for any other parts he's played. They never bleed into any other role he plays. A lesser actor would have been forever typecast as Del Boy. I'm thankful that he wasn't.

You said there are books that go into far greater depth and detail about Only Fools and Horses. Have you ever thought that David Jason knows this only too well, and therefore didn't see the point of raking over the same old coals?

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 11:42:26 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 08:43:09 GMT
RRTT says:
Dear oh dear Ankerdine, I feel you may also have missed the point.
The above comments, however grammatically incorrect, are personal opinions concerning the content of the book.
The fact that you have focused entirely on the relaxed presentation of these comments rather than providing any opinion on your own speaks volumes about how 'qualified' your views would be in any case.

Try removing your head from the dark place it resides.

Much love.

Posted on 28 Dec 2013 21:04:04 GMT
@ Ankerdine - I totally agree with RRTT, it really is tiresome reading comments like yours that pick apart other peoples reviews purely on grammatical grounds. Honestly, the reviewer probably isn't looking for a literary prize, he's just tapped out a quick review in a spare bit of time and then moved on with his life. If you have nothing interesting to contribute, try not to bore others with irrelevant posts.
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