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Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
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Dec 15, 10

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Read from December 02 to 15, 2010

This is a very, very personal book. It gets into a whole lot of less-than-flattering aspects of Sparky's life and personality, and doesn't pull any punches when talking about the way he and the people around him acted. I'm sure the representations here probably felt unfair to those who had known the people themselves, but boy does it make you feel really close to the subject.

I've never cried while reading a book, or at least not since I was in elementary school (I'm still trying to find that tearjerker so I can read it again, but I don't remember nearly enough about it), but for some damn reason I found myself getting pretty emotional at the end of this one. I didn't cry, but I definitely got the closest I have in ages. I really cared about Sparky by the end of this book, and that's made me care all the more about his work.
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message 1: by Sara (last edited Dec 05, 2010 04:21PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara nathan wrote: "O-oh. How is this? As mud-slung as I think?"

I don't get the impression that it was written with the intention of digging up dirt so much as with the intention of digging up absolutely every psychological motivation and inspiration that might have affected his work and/or personality. A lot of times it comes across as trying way too hard and it's unflattering as often as not, but it does give you a lot of information on basically every aspect of his life you could want to know about. I wouldn't say it's an unfair portrayal of him and his family so much as it's one that was written with absolutely no regard to how it would make living relatives feel. Worth reading for any Peanuts fan who wants to know more about Sparky Schulz, though.

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