More than once, Carl Reiner has had friends say, Hey, Reiner, you ought to write those things down And at eighty, he finally has In this funny and engaging memoir, one of the best raconteurs on the planet recalls his life in show business in short comic takes Reiner tells of how, after answering an ad for free acting classes on his brother Charlies advice, he forsakes a budding career as a machinist for an acting career In Sidney Bechet and His Jazz Band Meet Franz Kafka, he captivates the legendary jazz man and his band with an unusual reading of The Metamorphosis, during a thunderstorm at a Catskills resort in 1942 Reiner also recalls the highlights of the succeeding decades his first sweaty audition, impersonating a dog impersonating movie stars his forays into the theater his work on Your Show of Shows and The Dick Van Dyke Show during TVs golden days and his long friendship and collaboration with Mel Brooks which gave birth to the Two Thousand Year Old Man In A Recipe to Remember, he recites a recipe for cream cheese cookies to a star studded audience that includes Paul Newman, Leonard Bernstein, and Barbra Streisand In The Gourmet Eating Club, he gives an insiders take on the now legendary group that included Mario Puzo, Joseph Heller, Zero Mostel, and other luminaries Mary Tyler Moore, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Johnny Carson, Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Ann Bancroft, Jean Renoir the list goes on and on also appear in what Reiner calls the literary variety show that captures the highs and lows of his extraordinary life Through it all, Reiner displays the wit and warmth that have made him one of the most beloved figures in the entertainment business This charming memoir will delight anyone who wants a behind the scenes look at five decades of Hollywood and television history....
|Title||:||My Anecdotal Life|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Press 1 edition May 16, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||970 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
My Anecdotal Life Reviews
Good book!! A couple stories sounded familiar, and that's because they were re-told in recent Reiner memoirs, "I Remember Me", "I Just Remembered", "What I Forgot to Remember" and 'Why and When The DVD Show Was Born" - Not a lot, but there were a few. Good thing is you don't have the read the book in order, so if you skip a few stories, there's no harm done at all (As Mr. Reiner mentions in the Introduction). The book came in excellent condition and Carl Reiner is one of the wittiest and amazing writers in history.
I really enjoyed the book. It has a nice "guy telling a story at a party" feel to it. It's full of loving, personal moments about friends & family. I especially loved the pride with which Reiner remembers his brother. It's a passionate, funny book. Highly recommended!
This is a great book! It is easy reading and wonderfully entertaining. I rarely laugh out loud even with the funniest of books, but I did with this one. Carl Reiner has let quite an interesting life, if you are a fan of him (or even if you aren't) you will love this book. Pick it up if you are just looking for some entertaining stories written by a comic genius. I highly recommend it!
Each anecdote Carl Reiner writes brings him right into your living room surrounded by good friends, laughing and wiping your eyes. Mr. Reiner is a story teller with a gift for letting the reader know what a good man he is while he's regaling you with a Mel Brooks tale, or the story of a 3rd grade boy attending a new school. His love for family and friends shines through.
Well written, of course! Fun insights. Not self-indulgent or full of name-dropping. A man with amazing talents who loves life and lets you in of some of the loves.
This was was a very good read. It was nice to catch glimpses into how Mr. Reiner's mind works. The book keeps your attention. The skipping around didn't bother me that much once I got used to it. It is not a memoir in the strictest sense but just funny stories that he is remembering.
then this is a great book for you. Reiner shows the creative talent that helped create "Your Show of Shows," The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the 2000 Year Old Man.
Funny man. Thanks for the fine book and good service.