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Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin Hardcover – 7 Aug 2014

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571259774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571259779
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] magnificent volume of interviews ... this book presents an opportunity to enjoy extended musings from one of the most fascinating minds to which we are fortunate enough to have collective access ... Reading [Herzog] expounding on his myriad interests and obsessions, in tones that are full and fluent without ever crossing into pretentiousness or obscurity, is a tonic for the brain ... this book's vast bulk is indispensable. There's so much in it that it could be stocked in almost every aisle of the bookshop, including - such is its assault on cynicism and lethargy - the self-help aisle. (Hannah McGill Independent 2014-08-16)

[T]he heftiest and most fascinating one-stop guide that the Herzog fan, or even newcomer, could possibly ask for. (Sunday Telegraph)

[O]ne of the best things published about cinema ... so expansive, detailed and thought-provoking that it feels like more than a book. I can think of ten ways to use it. First, as a home film school ... as a life manual ... as a piece in a cultural jigsaw ... as a 'how not to' ... to make you laugh ... as a warning against professional hubris ... in learning how to interview ... as a surrogate life ... as pure literature ... as inspiration. (Sight & Sound)

A Guide for the Perplexed will remind lapsed fans why they so loved [Herzog's] films... Part of what makes A Guide for the Perplexed so extraordinary is that Herzog seems to recall, in detail, everything that has ever happened in the course of his dramatic life ... The book is so full of marvellous passages that one could go on quoting forever ... What is remarkable about A Guide for the Perplexed - what makes it the sort of book you want to give to friends - is the access it provides to the furious inner excitement of one of the great artists (whether he likes the term or not) of our time. (Prospect)

[A Guide for the Perplexed] deserves to reach a general readership ... [it] is one of the best, the most inspirational and definitely the most unusual guides to filmmaking ever written ... Just about anyone who wishes to follow an art or craft or trade or passion can learn from this book. (Literary Review)

Featuring poems and essays, contributions from Harmony Korine and editor Herbert Golder and dozens of photos, it's a beautiful book about a beautiful man. (Total Film)

An astonishing book, so rich and weird and compelling that the ideal review would consist entirely of quotes from it. (Sunday Business Post)

An opportunity to uncover gems of insight and moments of madness. (The Skinny)

[A] blockbuster performance of telling and hiding: remembering, denying, cursing, reliving traumas and triumph; picking over all the projects, triumphant and forgotten. This much revised and updated version of the one published in 2002 is an invaluable guide to a hard-fought life and career. It is a black bible of verbiage, controlled rants and recollections, fit to stand beside any of the wandering director's savage pilgrimages. (Times Literary Supplement)

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In Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin, the award-winning director of Grizzly Man and Fiztcaraldo talks about his inspiring career in cinema.

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Superb, though It's not important for me if this is the "true Herzog". It's just always a treat to hear him, his tales, his peculiar and frank takes on endless topics big and small, and of course, his encounters with bears, snakes, UFO's and everything in between.
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This book is the equivalent of sitting in on a conversation that is curiously going where you knew it would, yet is immensely satisfying in rendering/conveying a voice-personality- philosophical world -view that is appealing in its clarity,it's autobiographical revelations,and it's way of conveying the awesome drive,authority&work ethic that has produced such a body of work- I'll never meet Herzog(he would never say that!) but this guide is the next best thing!
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Every bit as interesting as I'd been led to believe by Ian Sinclair's review in the LRB.
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Interesting perspective on life and film making.
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