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by Roger Ebert
by Roger Ebert
As a huge fan of the movies and as someone who has watched Siskel and Ebert since the early days when they were on Chicago public television, I was very interested to hear that Roger Ebert had written a memoir. I bought it for two different people this Christmas, and figured/hoped I'd get to borrow one of those copies eventually to read it myself. My mother in law just finished hers, so I lucked out. What a great read. Roger Ebert writes with such a down-to-earth, humble Midwestern voice you almost feel unprepared when you read about how his close relationships with mega-stars like Oprah, Martin Scorcese, John Wayne, and Werner Herzog shaped his experience, and how he in many cases helped shape theirs. Ebert's childhood tales are quite touching as well. Reading about the "Blackie shaped hole" in his heart was one of many sections of the book that moved me to tears. Roger Ebert's struggle with cancer and his resulting disfiguration and loss of the ability to speak or eat has not made him bitter, or angry, or beaten down. This fact alone is extremely uplifting. But to read his assertion that we are here for one reason- to try to make each other happy, and to try to bring joy into the world makes it even more impressive. It's a beautiful, true sentiment and it's artfully told through a collection of heartfelt and fascinating essays about the life and times of an accidental film critic.
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