John

John

by Cynthia Lennon
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Penny_Girl More than 1 year ago
This book was a great look into the personal side of John Lennon in the early years. Not much has been written about his life with Cynthia as she was always overshadowed by Yoko. Cynthia, with the approval of her son Julian, wrote this book to tell her side of life with John. You get a different perspective of John pre-Beatles, the early Beatle years, and his breakup with Cyn. It is a very touching story and you can tell it must have been very painful for her to have been John Lennon's wife, then been tossed aside and now to retell the tale for all the world to read. This is a very riveting book that is hard to put down until it is done and then you will wish there was more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I use to think of John Lennon, I thought he was the god of music. Before I read this book, to me John Lennon had no faults, never messed up, and was an all round saint. After reading this book, I realized I had it all wrong. Cynthia depicts John Lennon as a normal man with many faults. In the beginning, I felt that it was hard to grasp the concept that John Lennon was a normal person with faults. I tried to put it off as something that was untrue, and that Cynthia was just saying all these things because she was mad that he left her. I stopped thinking that way when I realized that Cynthia's words were filled with love for the man, not the star, we have come to know as John Lennon. Then after I got over my state of shock, I realized that I had put John on such a high pedestal that I had almost forgotten that he was even human. Cynthia made me see a side of John that I soon learned to hate and enjoy at the same. I hated the way he acted towards Cynthia and Julian, but I enjoyed getting to see a new side of him. I learned to hate Yoko Ono, but soon realized that John didn't have to follow her and that he chose to do so. This book made me realize that John Lennon was still a musical genius, but he wasn't "superman." Now when I think of John, I think of normal person with faults who possessed an unearthly gift. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know and see the real John Lennon; not just the John Lennon that the public eye has come to recognize, but the real John Lennon who has forever changed music and the people who listen to it.
Mizzoubeatle More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Takes the gloss off John...but not in a "let's turn up the dirt" way. Gives more insight into Yoko...and her strange and wicked ways. Must read for a Beatles fan....
arkie20 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a terrific book. I've read many books about the Beatles and I liked this one because she was there. She was the mystery wife back in the day and her story was honest and interesting without meanness or cruelty. She points out her own faults and tells the true story. I really liked this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK! I always admired Cynthia. From the first time I saw her on their first US Tour, she seemed the calm in the storm for John. I was never close to the man other than at a few concerts and as a listener of his music. Cyn's a better woman than I am.... I know I could have never had the stuff it took to be a part of that whole scene. Being a Beatle's wife was no picnic. May she find happiness all the rest of her life. She deserves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and hearing Cyn tell her love story with John. I always felt she wasn't treated fairly in any of the writting about her. I love John but I've always thought he was hypocritical preaching love when it seemed to me he ignored & abandoned his son Julian. I loved reading this book & getting an insiders view of the start of the Beatles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a lennon fan you will like this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cyn is a great writer; I feel so close as if I'm there myself. This is so ridiculously good and insanely hard to put down. I don't think anyone would ever regret reading this book. I highly recommend it.
babsb More than 1 year ago
I felt a real intimacy with Cynthia as she shared her private life with John Lennon. I trusted her to tell it the way it happened, and the only thing I wish is that it had gone on longer with more detail about her times with him. I understand her ending statement about whether or not she would do it if she had known...(Read the book!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Lennon has become a legend over the many years since his sudden and untimely death. His story has been told hundreds of times by many different people, some of which who¿ve had no connection to him at all. This is what makes the book John written by Cynthia Lennon (his first wife) so intriguing and insightful into his life. Cynthia tells what it was like falling in love with John and being married to him while The Beatles first started to conquer the world. She talks about the two meeting at college in Liverpool and how his aggressive behavior toward her was apparent from the beginning. When she relays the information of her pregnancy with Julian Lennon to John, he suggests marriage soon after The Beatles get famous sending John into a roller coaster ride of emotions caused by stress and drugs. Cynthia tells how she and Julian were isolated from John as his commitment to the Beatles grew and the fan base grew larger and larger. She also notes the John was slipping into a state of boredom with there message (which is around the time that Yoko Ono came into the picture), and we soon began to ask ¿is love all you need¿. Vulnerability is a huge theme in this book because Cynthia feels as if she isn¿t secure throughout the book. She is bombarded by fans and press all the time and can¿t seem to get away from the spotlight of the Beatles. As John falls under the influence of LSD she is left to care for there child who is also vulnerable to obsessing fans. Cynthia tries to shade her son from his fathers¿ ugly side as best as she can but his abusive and addictive behavior is always apparent to young Julian. Ironically John is portrayed as a dead beat dad instead of an insightful poet that everyone imagines at the sound of his name. I liked learning about another side of John Lennon other then the poet that I had come to love. I also liked how Cynthia still loved him through the craziness of the time period and how she tried to pursue the couple¿s dreams of staying together. However, I didn¿t like the fact that the book made John out as the reason to blame for the marriage failing. He is constantly considered as the reason for the turmoil in the relationship instead Cynthia or Yoko Ono. I feel that all Lennon fans should read this book because it puts a whole new perspective on the songwriter and poet¿s personal life. We see what he was like when he wasn¿t on stage and catch a glimpse into his daily life when he was married to Cynthia. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wanted to learn a little more about John Lennon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, the reader should pick up this book expecting to read about love, happiness, frustration, pain, hurt, anger, tears, and conflict -- all of the things you would find in any relationship that is put under a non-stop eye of media scrutiny. No matter what you've read about the Beatles over the past 43 years, this story is different because it's told by someone who wasn't in the machine that made the Beatles a success. I looked forward to hearing Cynthia's side of this story. Her narrative is honest and poignant. She paints a wonderful picture of the Liverpool that was in the late 1950s/early 1960s, and gives us a real insight into the young, angry, acerbic -- and very insecure side -- of John that we've seldom (if ever) seen. She talks about Julian's relationship with John openly, giving us a better picture of the strained relationship between father-son and mother-stepmother. The funniest bits are her descriptions of the early moments of their romance. The description of their wedding day was hilarious. This book is must for any Beatles fan. It is touching, sad, funny, and a wonderful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I had read everything new to be said about the Beatles, but Cynthia provides details that, even to this day, are new for Beatles fans. This is the only Beatles book to bring tears to my eyes. And when Cyn reveals drugs to be the #1 downfall of their marriage, she made me feel like it was my loss as much as hers. Way to go, Cynthia! A must-read for Beatles fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me deeper insite on John. Being a John girl from the start i was always desperate to know the other side of John , the side that didnt sing about world peace, or give witty comebacks during interveiws. And thus book truly shined a light on every part of John. His calm caring side and his troubeld emotinal side. 11/10 highly recomend.
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This was quite a good book, the behind the scenes goings on were quite different thank the media led all of us to believe. I found Cynthia kind, and reinforced my dislike of Yoko. Interesting book, John Lennon was not a nice person.
nancylmt12 More than 1 year ago
Interesting view of John Lennon's life with first wife Cynthia. Although she had a lot to be bitter about, she was gracious and truthful in her writing without being hateful. I loved reading about the early days as the Beatles were forming into a group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to read this book because I thought it was going to be a bitter ex-story but Cynthia impressed me. She was a class act. She wanted the best for John and was willing to do what many women would not do. I thought it was well written and an easy read. She should have been treated better. The preface by her son, made the book real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt so sorry for John's son, Jude.
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Great story
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