KELLY FERJUTZ enjoys the tale of
Luciano Pavarotti's rise to fame
Considering the billing here, it's a tad confusing when you start reading this book, to find that it's in first person. And you think, 'wait a minute, here' but then, there's a vignette by someone else, and then another someone else, and really what you have here is a comfy cose -- one friend (Herbert Breslin) to another (you, the reader). And this is exactly what it should be! It's very easy to read, nothing complicated at all, just pure enjoyment.
'The King and I - The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary', by Herbert Breslin and Anne Midgette. Hard cover version © 2004 Doubleday
I was a bit taken aback by some of the reviews of this book which say it's nasty, and mean-spirited, etc, because I didn't find that at all. To be sure, we all have our cranky aspects, some more than others. And I believe it to be very true, that it's all too easy for any celebrity to begin to believe his or her own publicity, even if someone else is responsible for it. If you have but to put out your hand to have whatever you want placed there, why wouldn't you do just that?
Copyright © 9 May 2006
Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA