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he by John Connolly
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it was amazing

A beautiful book on a lot of different levels that takes you back to the first beginnings of cinema and paints a nuanced picture of Hollywood legend Stan Laurel and his relationship with his partner Oliver Hardy. We are introduced to a man who is by turns charming and infuriating, humble and ambitious, generous and selfish... As always, the author writes flowing prose that slips down as easily as cold orange juice on a hot day- you'll have 100 pages read before you know it, but at the same time you're gaining the kind of insight into a deeply complex figure that would normally require a doorstop of a biography complete with cumbersome footnotes. Connolly has waded through all of that so that we don't have to. His research is meticulous, but he transmits and condenses what he's learnt within a fast-paced narrative fizzing with snappy dialogue and great one-liners to make the book very hard to put down once you've started. This is one you'll be recommending to friends- it's fascinating, funny, and finally, deeply moving.
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August 23, 2017 – Shelved

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