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I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl
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Aug 07, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in June, 2008

The story of Fatty Arbuckle is a fascinating one and as I read and talked about the book with people I was very surprised to find out that most people know very little about Fatty Arbuckle, let alone his murder/rape trial, drug use, abusive childhood, and sexual impotence. Stahl's fictionalized account of Fatty's life is told from Arbuckle's perspective and despite the depressing subject matter delivers a light-hearted prose with plenty of levity. Forget OJ as the trial of the 20th century, Fatty became the public's punching bag for all that was morally wrong with Hollywood at the time. My only complaint was that parts of the trials were brushed over and the ending lacked that feeling of satisfaction one usually gets after finishing a great book (but maybe that was the point....).

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