Customer Review

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point!, 29 Nov 2003
This review is from: Raymond Burr: A Film, Radio and Television Biography (McFarland Classics) (Paperback)
If you are interested in the late Raymond Burr, but lack the time or desire to do the research, then this book may well suit you. A large amount of information from around the world is gathered into one neat, little package. On the other hand, if you are looking for an intelligent insight, which goes beyond the old studio biographies and publicity material, then you will be disappointed.
The author has produced a good framework on which to build a book - and then fails to write it! Her affection for her subject is obvious, but she takes it no further than a collection of information, some of which was dubious in its original form.
This lack of personal insight far outweighs the better parts of the book. I was disappointed to note that there are a number of people missing from the work. One person in particular, who formed an integral part of Raymond Burr's life for over thirty years, is relegated to three brief mentions. Other people have a slightly better time, and manage the odd paragraph.
Ona Hill is a good writer, who has sold herself short. Instead of producing an excellent personal insight into an intriguing man, she has distanced herself just a little too far from her subject. Objectivity in this type of work is an admirable thing, but get too far away and you miss the fine detail. The book shies away from any intimacy with its subject, preferring a non-controversial rehash of some originally doubtful material, than a thoughtful study of a complex individual.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£28.50 £27.50
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 256,319