Chaplin: The Tramp's Odyssey Paperback – 6 May 2010
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In Chaplin: The Tramp's Odyssy, Simon Louvish looks afresh at the 'mask behind the man.'
About the Author
Simon Louvish is a biographer of comedians, and author of satirical and outrageous fiction, a part-time film teacher at the London Film School, and a film screenwriter. He is married and lives in Fulham, London.
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he doesn't disappoint. This time he writes extensively about Charlie Chaplin-
not easy, since there have been a number of books already written. What I especially
like about this is the constant juxtaposing of the real CC with the persona created on
screen, and especially Charlie's tramp!
Notes are well organised and helpful, and encouraged me to seek out other books.
I am not sure what SL has in the pipeline, but I will be looking for it!
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This is a very detailed, very analytical book, well documented with notes, bibliography and source material. One will not find a more thorough look at this iconic character. But be forewarned: it ain't a joke book, nor is it designed to merely entertain via humorous anecdote. It is a thoughtful, well written look at the genesis of genius.
Another reviewer has said the book is boring. Nonsense. It is crammed with detail that may, at times, challenge a reader looking for gossipy tales of Charlie's legendary prowess with the ladies or his legal tangles or other biographical details Mr. Louvish doesn't cover extensively.
What Simon Louvish does better than most is to take you inside the studios, detail the technological advances and follow the development of the Tramp, as he relates to the characters around him and to society at large. In other words, this is a serious look at the "Little Fellow" and may not be exhilarating enough to small minded persons who just want to be entertained.
This is my fourth Simon Louvish book. You'll find my reviews of his others in these pages. Sufficient to say I find him a credible writer who knows how to write biography. This one, however, is just a bit different.
I loved it. I hope you will, too. I'm looking forward to picking up more of his books.