The Elephant to Hollywood Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Michael Caine has so much to talk about he's just written his second autobiography in which, in glamorous detail, he writes about his time working and living in Hollywood. But for all his tantalising titbits about the movie game it's Michael's private life that is the most fascinating, his personal account of hardship and tragedy. (60 Minutes (Australia))
'Most compelling autobiography since David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon. (RTE Guide, Ireland)
uproarious and unflinching (Mail on Sunday)
Brimming with his gift for genial anecdote (Sunday Times)
To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success - and happiness - without appearing to be in the least smug. (Daily Mail, John Preston)
the peeks behind the silver screen make the book light up (New Statesman)
A truly incredible life story. (The Sun)
Caine remains a down-to-earth soul who seems to know everyone who has ever been anyone in the movie business, he loves talking about Hollywood and the extraordinary twists of fate in his career, but has no airs or graces. He was knighted in 2000, but doesn't expect anyone to stand on ceremony for him. "Being knighted was the greatest honour I've ever received, but I don't make people call me Sir. It's for me alone. Everyone calls me Michael.... It's filled with anecdotes of his movie career, his big breaks in Zulu and Alfie, as Harry Palmer in The Iperess File and as the ageing professor in Educating Rita, his encounters with the rich and famous, from The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot to Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson and other stars both at home and abroad. (The Canberra Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Film legend and British icon Sir Michael Caine's major new autobiography. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Since What's It All About?, there are another 20 years and countless movies to add, and perhaps in recognition that many readers will have read the first book, this time the book is about half the length of the first book. It's harsh to note that some of the stories are the same - of course they are - but with the huge number of movies, there is little scope for any detail as he attempts to precis this period that he's already covered. The result is too much like a list with little interesting detail. There's also some repetition within the book of bits from the first period and the more interesting newer work.Read more ›
I haven't read Michael Caine's previous autobiography and I think this may have gone in his favour. He does say at the start of the book that he'd wrote What's it all About? thinking that his film career was over but that he's had emense success since which has persuaded him to write this follow up. The first half of the book does focus on his early career and the stories of not only his struggle but the struggle of those around him, many of whom are also established names in "the business".
The initial chapters took a bit of getting through, I think mainly this was because my initial thought was - he's name dropping, I then came to the realisation that he's actually not, this is his life and the big names are just regular appearances in it. The book is also written exactly as Michael talks, there's no flowery embelishments of literary terms, it's plain speaking and gets to the point, this makes it very easy reading and quite quick to get through.
Once I'd got into the book I did really enjoy it, family and friends (plus house and garden) are obviously very important to him and it's nice to find someone so famous who is also very grounded, I got the distinct impression that he had his mum and wife to thank for that!
The only thing I really didn't like about this was the ending, I didn't want a recipe book and although I was interested in the films he's made, his favourite films and why was also something I wasn't particularly interested in.
If you've not read Michael's earlier autobiography then my advice would be to not bother, skip that and just go straight through to this one, it's an enjoyable read and highly entertaining.
However, I was pretty disappointed with this book, for two main reasons. As a long-time fan of Caine, I'd already read his previous autobiography, "What's It All About?", which I absolutely loved. This new autobiography, however, essentially recycles that book for the first 14 chapters of this one. Caine does state in the foreword that he's "not going to apologise for telling some of the old tales", which is honest of him, but - boy! - he really does retell a lot of them, and pretty much word-for-word as they previously appeared in "What's It All About?"
The new stuff in this book (i.e. post-1992, the point at which "What's It All About?" ended), is pretty thin on the ground, and whilst interesting, is lacking in detail. We get a little bit about later films such as Batman Begins, and even a mention of Inception, but it's all pretty sketchy. The great amounts of detail about his earlier work (which is great, but appeared in the first book) is simply not there for most of the later films he mentions.
Secondly - and I really do think this is a bit naughty - there's a definite sense of filler material being thrown in towards the end of the book. One chapter suddenly turns into a list of some of Caine's favourite recipes, which - whilst appearing to be very tasty - is hardly what I bought the book for. After a short epilogue, we then get a list of Caine's top-ten favourite movies, and another list of his favourite films in which he's appeared.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael gives a great insight into his long and successful career, from his humble beginnings at the Elephant and Castle to the heights of fame and fortune in Hollywood. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mr Peter Moore
Since I saw Zulu at the age of 8, I always enjoyed anything by Michael Caine. This book shows his real character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven Mervish
A really enjoyable read. I laughed and even had tears in my eyes at the poignant moving parts. What a life, and determination to learn, respect others who deserve it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CEC52
Michael Caine, a great British product from very modest background who even through his success and fame, has kept his feet firmly on the ground, unlike many others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony H.
One of the best autobiographies I have ever read, it's matter of fact, funny and full of wonderful anecdotes and story's about other movie people and of course Michael's tales... Read morePublished 3 months ago by barrymac
Great story telling from the man. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Michael himself over 10CDs.Allow plenty of time to listen to them all.Published 3 months ago by Barry B
Very good read it actually feels like he is talking to you about his life,still jealous he married one of the most beautiful women in the world.Published 5 months ago by born again
Thought I might enjoy this book, as the author is a much travelled, and I imagined interesting human being. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bowler Hat