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Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
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on 15 October 2016
I don't often read the autobiographies of the 'rich/famous' as many have simply become egotistical money-making forums (*how do you have an interesting biography at the age of 20, unless you are possessed of a truly miraculous life?). But there are some that are wonderful - Andre Agassi's 'Open' was one (even though I don't play tennis!) and Gene's book is another.

He shares his life with you as if you are sitting in a lovely coffee shop on a beautiful embankment somewhere, and he tells it with a gentle humility. He is truthful about people whilst still being respectful of them - and so he is gently truthful of his relationship with Richard Pryor, whilst being understanding of the demons Richard faced. Whilst covering his career, it is a book that moves between the important women in his life - I suspect because although he appeared in and also wrote so many amazing things and met so many amazing people, it was a profession to him where when one thing had completed he was simply looking foray towards the next thing.

It also covers the period cancer touched his life and those of the people he loved, and you read the book thinking he was 'probably' a pretty nice person ...my only concern was the volume of ladies, and a wonder that if their side was heard did he simply get bored and move on from them, or where some of them as he portrayed - where he was living with them and their demons.

I read the book following Gene's death feeling although I'd watched and enjoyed many of his films, I didn't really know anything about him. Now I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a new friend. A very good read. Rest in Peace, Gene Wilder.
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on 2 October 2017
I have always been a fan of Gene Wilder. His performances in some of his films are the kind that stay with you. Comedy genius but with depth and perhaps hint of vulnerability.
This is how he portrays himself in this biography.
It's an interesting read and written in a unique style that flows.
Despite brutal honesty at times, and when it comes to telling us about the films that made him an iconic figure I was left feeling like he was holding back in that area. I just feel sure that there was more to tell.
Regardless of this, it is a good account of a remarkable, creative life and the family he shared it with.
Worth the money.
RIP GW
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on 4 September 2016
I read this because gene wilder has just died, I wish I'd read it before I hope and pray he didn't suffer at his passing a sad loss to the world goodnight Willie wonka xx
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on 24 May 2017
A touching read from the much-missed great Gene Wilder
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on 29 April 2017
Excellent book
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on 17 October 2017
Very open and honest writing. Definitely makes me want to revisit Genes' movies again but also makes me look at him differently than before
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on 4 October 2017
Magic
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on 25 September 2016
I read this book after his passing. It is certainly different to many similar books I have read but I absolutely loved it-he may have been a very funnyman on screen but could be very serious off it. A delightful book dipping in and out of his life at different stages of it-the films the ladies etc etc;the tragedy of Gilda and his finally long term happiness with 4th wife Karen-25 years until his passing. I have just seen on You Tube an appearance on Parkinson 9 years ago- well worth a look. Like everyone one of us he had his failings which is very honest about indeed.His own battle with cancer and also members of his family. I totally loved Willie Wonka and all the other characters he played. I ended reading the book liking the man very much indeed.I am now reading it for the second time. Most highly recommended. A life well lived and also well loved. RIP.
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on 23 July 2007
After seeing Mr. Wilder on the Parkinson show, I decided to buy his book. He comes across as a very genuine, sweet man. However, this book was a bit lightweight. It seemed to skip over various points in his life when I would have expected more detail. For a man that seems to have lived a very interesting life, the book is quite thin in comparison to your usual door stoppers.

If you only know Gene Wilder as the actor in Willy Wonka, Stir Crazy etc, this book will enlighten you to his other talents and his personality. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.
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on 13 November 2016
All good!
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