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on 7 August 2013
I have read reviews about this author before and the majority say his writing is poor ,not factual enough and too speculative. After I read this biography of the great Greta Garbo I could not see what all the bad mouthing was about. The only critic I would have is that the descriptions of the films she starred in are too long and in depth when it is the readers responsibility to watch them. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this biography of a woman who in my opinion is one of the most fascinating and talented figures of the 20th century. The authors enthusiasm for the subject is immediately apparent and he makes Garbo's interesting story leap off the page. Her family life,relationships,discovery,famed elusiveness,fear of crowds and enigmatic personality are all discussed in detail. One is left with the sense that it must have been an incredibly lonely life for one of the most celebrated women ever.
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on 5 August 2017
The most interesting parts of the book are those dealing with the presentation of the films of the actress: pre-production, relationships with co-stars, reviews. I can't tell what's new in this book, but it seems to me that the author relies much on other biographies of Greta Garbo. I have some doubts about his interpretations/guesses. For example, he writes "she hardly ever went to the cinema" (p. 132) and "Garbo spent a lot of time at the cinema" (p. 157). There's also a mistake in the summary of the film Queen Christina: "Ebba kisses Christina on the lips" (p. 239) It is the other way around.
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on 7 March 2018
I was not at all impressed by this book. It's selling point is the promise of new information about "missing periods" in the account of Garbo's life. However, I found this new information to be pure supposition & was left unconvinced by any of it. What remains of the book is, in my opinion, a re-hash of previous (far better) Garbo biographies. I strongly recommend giving this one a miss. If you want a good biography on the subject, 'Garbo' by Barry Paris continues to be the definitive effort (& if you've already read that, then this book will add nothing further to your knowledge).
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on 29 July 2013
I'm a big fan of Greta Garbo, so her latest book is a really good book even though i'm only half way through it.
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on 30 December 2013
Super read with great pics too, certainly one for the coffee table lol
Look out for this one it's well worth buying.
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on 6 August 2016
Very happy as described
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on 16 September 2012
T!his latest biography of Greta Garbo is very good read although not much more has been revealed about the star's life. Bought, for the first time, the Kindle version. Excellent value . Easy to purchase and to install. Highly recommended!
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on 9 February 2013
treated myself, not read it yet a bit previous but I am sure I will love it, it is the feel of hardcover books and the newness of them, glorious.
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on 8 November 2013
I dont think there is any new information here and the speculation over her absence just concludes what we already know/dont know. Some of the writing is very good and gives an idea that the writer really likes his subject. The selection of photos are very strange,maybe something to do with copyrights.. For a true fan there is better book out there.
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on 30 June 2012
contrary to the what someone else wrote, this latest biography of screen icon greta garbo is actually quite readable and somewhat better than some of david bret's other books.
there is plenty of interesting information about garbo's background, her trip to hollywood in the 1920s when she knew no english, her attitude toward the press and publicity and of course the making of her most famous films. garbo's constant desire to protect her privacy is highlighted throughout as she rarely consented to grant interviews. it's a pity though that the photos in this book are limited, as there aren't enough of them and i noticed that there aren't any illustrations from garbo films like "grand hotel," "the rise and fall of susan lenox" to name just a few.
david bret has never been one to pull his punches when describing the less attractive side to hollywood or its stars. greta garbo is no exception. i tend to avoid material of this nature. it isn't that i have a closed mind to what went on behind the scenes with hollywood stars but i reckon it can border on questionable taste.
in general, a fairly readable book on one of hollywood's more elusive and mysterious stars.
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