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This review is from: Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven (Paperback)
This feels a somewhat superficial exmination of a complex man despite the endless detail. Everybody is keen to impress what a lovely man he was (and how awful his second wife was) yet we are left without any real insight into the inner man & his contradictions.
I came away with the impression of a person who was blessed with good fortune in his vitality and charm and lived life to the hilt. He comes across as great company and a good friend, but also a somewhat lost person and with certain weakness to him and an inability to face upto life issues. Issues such as his dysfunctional relationship with a second wife who 'hated' him are not really explored in any depth; his womanising and drinking are just left as him being a good old boy. I never really felt we got to know the man behind the mask.