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Enthusiastic if repetitive,
This review is from: Alan Rickman: The Unauthorised Biography (Paperback)
The only biography available on this interesting British actor, Maureen Paton's work is an enthusiastic but occasionally repetitive work that could have benefited significantly from a better editor.
For the most part the text flows well, and I thought the author got a feel for the man's personality as an actor: the combination of intellectualism with an understated sexual allure.
However, as an individual her portrait is confused. She douses her work with far too many praising quotes, the end result feels more of a hagiography than a biography at times.
There is cutting criticism and analysis of some of Rickman's work on film, but there is too much repetition and a chapter about his bid to take over a theatre is just plain dull.
I don't think it's as bad as some folk are making out, but an autobiography from the man himself would be arguably more definitive than this.