Monday, September 26, 2011

Life Itself : A Memoir
by Roger Ebert

I used to watch Roger Ebert when he was on television critiquing movies and totally enjoyed his comments. I wish I could say the same for his autobiography. His writing leaves me empty. There's no pizazz and I was bored. By the time I got to the third chapter about his father, I had had enough.
The book is in need of an editor and there's numerous spelling errors. Nothing else to say.
Not recommended.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Mad Bomber Of New York : The Extraordinary True Story Of The Manhunt That Paralyzed A City
by Michael M. Greenburg

From 1940 to 1956 thirty-three bombs were set off in New York City and it took a massive manhunt to finally find the perpetrator. The book sounded interesting but alas it was not to be. I couldn't stand the writing (it bored me). Six pages was all that I could stomach. The author's previous book Peaches and Daddy was superb (it was about the Roaring Twenties and it's reviewed in my book-a-holics blog. I don't know why the writing style changed for his current tale.
Not recommended.
The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz : A True Story Of World War II
by Denis Avey and Rob Broomby

I couldn't get into this book at all. At page 16, I quit. Part of the problem is the vocabulary used. Denis Avey is British and if you're not familiar with certain words (that are not explained), they just bounce right off. The book was obviously dictated but the writer doesn't exude any excitement (he's British too and worked for the BBC as a broadcast journalist).
The title is misleading because Avey did not break into Auschwitz but swapped places with a Dutch Jewish inmate. He experienced the cruelty and survived.
I think the story would have been better written in much abler hands and maybe then I would have finished the book.