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Charlie by Ben Hecht
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Sep 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2012
Read from August 08 to September 09, 2012

This is outstanding in so many ways it's hard to know where to start. I want to be sure to point out something that might be missed and that is that author Hecht has this biography of his pal Charlie MacArthur with excellent quotes. Much to be quoted is just descriptions made by Hecht. I have my volume full of sticky notes where I found wonderful quotes.

Hecht's writing is typical Hecht and his love of his friend shines through often in the text. I'm glad he wrote many of the chapters more as if approaching a column than a linear biography. It gives the opportunity to read a part and walk away and savor the writing abilities of Hecht.

Certainly the biggest drawback to the book is that there's a good deal not told about MacArthur. Especially missing is information in his youngest years. However, the entire book is a joy to read and I highly recommend it.


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