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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed by this Autobiography, 25 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Becoming Johnny Vegas (Kindle Edition)
I love autobiographies but in the last couple of years I have have been so underwhelmed and disappointed in most of them. Downloaded them, read them and thought, was that written by a 12 year old?. Found that many are written by ghost writers so they all sound the same. I plod along and learn nothing about the person at all. But not this one! Johnny Vegas, real name, Michael Penlington writes in a most intelligent and insightful way. He is very self deprecating, and it was not until his alter ego, Johnny Vegas, took over that he was able to become as successful as he is. His explanations of how he got to be Johnny Vegas sometimes went into great detail, but I understood why. I just got it! He was trying to let us know his deep feelings and in my mind this is what an autobiography is all about.The amount he had to drink, and the routine around his drinking, to become Johnny is truly frightening! His family seem to have been very nice and family background very good, so you wonder why is this man so hurt. You find out then that when he was 11 he went to a school to prepare him for the Catholic priesthood. Because he was suddenly the great guy in his neighborhood he stuck it out even though he hated every minute of it! The regime in this boarding school and the way he and young boys were treated was to have a lasting effect on him.Luckily he only lasted for 4 terms and decided to leave in a most dramatic way! I laughed and cried reading this book and just hope he is now at peace with himself(I know he must be because he is married to a lovely Irish woman).When I finished this book I felt there has to be another one on the way so roll on. Read this book you will never look at Johnny Vegas in the same way again!
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