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on 30 May 2012
I must confess I have always had a soft spot for Errol Flynn. He struck me as the epitome of the "Mans Man", An athlete, film star, hard drinker, romancer and chancer. Admittedly he got up to his fair share of wrong doings and this auto biography does gloss over some of his more unsavoury experiences.

Originally Flynn himself wanted this book to be more hard hitting and the Original title "In like me" shows you how he was planning on treating the material.

Errol certainly portrays himself as the romantic hero who was a victim of circumstance with his many painful issues. I dont doubt that he didnt always have good luck, but he attributes many misdemeanors to others when he was really to blame himself.

There is no mention of the murder he stood accused of in New Guinea (prior to his hollywood days) and his petty theft and larceny are similarly ignored.

As a highly romaticized version of his life, its well worth a read, but Flynn writes with a certain resignation that he doesnt really believe the story he's telling you. I could certainly feel the desolation and even loneliness coming from him through his words. If ultimately he was a legend (few would disagree) then he was also an outsider who perhaps was never intended for the Hollywood circus and would have been more at home discovering lost islands and sailing the high seas.

I personally would recommend that you supplement your knowledge of Errol Flynn with other biographies as well as this one.

An intriguing man and something of an enigma.
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