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Hollywood Animal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    No mo' Joe.

    I eagerly cracked the cover of this big book while on a beach vacation, but am sad to say I ended up finding it tiresome. Eszterhas's account of his childhood in Cleveland was interesting, but his Hollywood chapters wore on me because he seems to be so relentlessly self-congratulatory. In every situation he bests everyone, - is the smartest, most moral, toughest, the hippest, best writer, etc. None of his screenplays yielded what I consider to be quality, memorable films. His unbridled egotism seems unjustified and annoying. I got just plain sick of the guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    One good thing!

    Something great came out of buying this truly mediocre book. I found another book, one that succeeds in every way this one fails. Where 'Hollywood Animal' made me yawn, Grant Jarrett's 'More Towels,' an irreverant memoir about Jarrett's twenty years in the music business, drew me in and made me laugh out loud. Both books are about unlikeable characters, but Jarrett is able to make you care about him. You root for him in spite of his failings as a human being and as a musician. You feel a part of his strange world and you laugh hard as he loses control of his life. And Jarrett can write. If you want to hear more of the same about Hollywood written in a style that will lull you to sleep, read 'Hollywood Animal.' If you want to read a memorable memoir written by a talented writer, try 'More Towels.'

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