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A compelling and heartfelt story,
This review is from: Dean And Me: A Love Story (Hardcover)
This book was bought for me as a Christmas present and immediately caught my attention. I have heard a few stories over the years about what a difficult man Jerry Lewis could be to work with so this book surpised me with it's honesty. While you can never be 100% sure that a book of this type tells you the whole truth, Jerry Lewis admits that he has been a pain in the butt at times and also an extremely difficult and awkward performer. So it was with genuine surprise that he constantly talks about his old partner with so much love and respect.
Dean Martin was his partner for ten years until their very public split. At no time does Jerry Lewis completely blame his partner for the split even though they were probably as much to blame as each other. Lewis praises Martin with obvious feeling and the utmost respect and it is with warmth and no soft soaping. He raves about Martin's abilities and states several occassions when other artists commented how great he truly was. Yes,there are times when Lewis goes on about how massive a team they were and how lucky we were to have them, but I guess they really were huge back in the 1940s and 50s.
It must be said that this story is not without sadness. You reel from the blow when Lewis told Martin about the love they had and how it would be a shame to throw it away. When Martin replied that all Lewis was to him was a dollar sign, you can feel the hurt that Lewis still feels to this day. It is also very touching when he discusses the death of Dean Martin's beloved son and how Lewis crept into the back of the church during the funeral so as not to impose on his former partners grief. This part of the book was very well told and seemed totally genuine.
This is a very good read. The narrative does jump about at times and you are only hearing one side of the story. But Jerry Lewis paints a loving portrait of his partner and you feel that he wants the world to know just what he really thought of him. Recommended.