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Coffee with Groucho (Coffee With.Series) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007
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In keeping with the style of the other "Coffee With..." books, this is a matter of collecting all the subject's best lines and stories and then weaving them artfully into an imaginary interview. It works exceptionally well with Groucho for two important reasons. One, Louvish can draw from a wealth of hilarious lines from over a dozen Marx Brothers movies (none of them written by Groucho, by the way). And two, Groucho was at his best in conversational settings anyway, whether on his own You Bet Your Life radio and TV shows, or as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show.
I think I can safely say all Groucho fans wish we could have had coffee with him, during which we would definitely want him to "tell the one about so-and-so" or "do the one about exploring Africa", so this book gives fans exactly what they want; true Best-of-Groucho.
Bracketed by succinct biographical info, this is all today's harried, short-for-time Groucho fan really needs: the single best Groucho Marx book yet. One to cherish.
Tell 'em J. D. Guinness sent you.
It's a fast and breezy book, which can be whipped through in one sitting. Even though there's not much new, fans of Groucho Marx will probably enjoy re-reading his jokes and tales. For those who are unfamiliar with Marx, there's a biography at the beginning of the book that details his life pretty well.
Because of the book's structure I'd hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who isn't already a Groucho Marx fan. For those of us who are, it's a pleasant enough way to spend an hour or so. And it's sure to send you to the Internet to look up clips of the Marx Brothers movies and You Bet Your Life, where you can see and hear the jokes told by the then-living Groucho!
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If so, this breezy "Coffee with Groucho" should satisfy. As a casual movie fan, I recalled a few funny scenes and learned some backstage stories. I recognized several quotes, and they still made me smile. Part biography, part entertainment history, and part silly, this light book requires disrespect and a flippant attitude. I liked it. You probably will too.
This book, however, should not be mistaken for a scholarly analysis of the Marx brothers, vaudeville, politics in Hollywood, or any other such grand project. It's just a simple, fun book filled with clever non-sense.