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Yul: The Man Who Would be King : a Memoir of Father and Son

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A dazzling and eye-opening memoir that captures one of the most charismatic figures of stage and screen--Yul Brynner--by Yul's only son. 32 pages of black-and-white photos.
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1989)
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Alex Gregory
Yul: The Man Who Would Be King is more of a cautionary tale than anything else - no one walks away unscathed at the end of it.

Despite author Rock Brynner's claims that this was something he needed to do to clear their air over the misconceptions of his father late in life, the book goes a long way to destroying the mystique of the entire Brynner family, including Rock himself. Yul is characterized as a womanizing playboy who could never keep it in his pants, disowned everyone around him, hated h
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Chris Hampshire
This is a heartbreaking book and if Rock is to believed,Yul was definately lacking in some fatherly qualities,though Rock does come across as a little pathetic at times.

As in a lot of father son relationships though,it's hard to fathom exactly who did what to whom.I read this during my early twenties when I was a young wayward lad when my father exhibited a certain degree of dissapointment in me,it certainly helped me gain a little bit of perspective about how fathers view themselves,their own s
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Phair
Good but disillusioning look at Yul Brynner's life. I had always been drawn to him as an actor - at least to the characters he played and felt his screen presence was so much greater than his physical size would warrant. After reading this I'm glad I never had the chance to meet him in person- he would probably have squashed me like a bug. By chance I did run into someone who had had an encounter with Mr. B via telephone (she had something to do with the PR side of the theatre business). She re ...more
Roberta
I picked this book up at a library fair. The author of this book is Yul Brynner's son, Yul Brynner, Jr., who was nicknamed Rocky after the late boxer, Rocky Graziano. He may be both the best and worst person to write his father's biography. The best because he has access to the most information and the worst because he is way too close to his subject and it is totally impossible for him to be objective. I wonder as I am reading whether he is sometimes writing what he wished had happened instead ...more
Lourdes
I've just discovered that Rock Brynner is a pathetic liar, I lived part of what he describes in that book and are lies, supported by people who already died and nothing can argue in defense of Yul.

Rock must be in a psychiatric therapy, after his father did not let him anything in his will.

Is a poor social resentful.
Cami
This bio brings the multi-dimentional Yul Brynner to light. Written by his son, it is a very honest (or at least as honest as Yul's fabricating will allow it to be, even his son knows he wasn't told the complete truth) biography. Good and bad are all there.
This man had one monster ego.
Graceann
Nov 27, 2014 Graceann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Biography Fans
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Rock Brynner takes on a difficult subject; that of his father. Yul Brynner could, at times, be a very unpleasant person - it was the flipside of his incredible talent. The biography is warts and all, and worth the time it takes to read.
Tchipakkan
As a fan, I skimmed it, going for the bits that interested me most. His early years, as an acrobat and singer. I wasn't as involved in the interaction between son and father. I bet other people would find that really compelling.
Suzanne Keehne
Strong, but eccentric star whose opinion of himself and his abilities were always exagerrated....as a part of his charm. It really shows the toll that stardom takes on personal lives and those who surround them.
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