- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Barricade Books Inc; Edición: Reprint (1 de enero de 1992)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0942637453
- ISBN-13: 978-0942637458
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My Life With Groucho: Growing Up With The Marx Brothers (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 1992
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The author shares his memories of his father and provides an overview of Groucho's career, his family life, and the turmoil of his final years
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Part One of the the book is a virtual reprint from Arthur's first tome, Life With Groucho, written in the mid-Fifties. As this book is now out of print, this section becomes a valuable source of information for collectors of Marxiana who were too young or not even born when this book was published.
Part Two is a summary of Son of Groucho's better parts, meaning those concerning life with Dad after Life With Groucho was published. Detailed in full is the inter-family ruckus that almost prevented the publishing of the first book, and Arthur takes us to the end of his father's life, warts and all, although tempered by the perspective of a loving son.
The last part of the book concerns itself with the ensuing fight for Groucho's estate and the pernicious influence of Erin Fleming on Groucho's life.
Highly recommended for Marx fans and anyone else seeking an insight into what it was like to grow up in a family headed by a Marx Brother.
A lot of writers have taken on the Marx Family but few can write about it with the insider's point of view that Arthur Marx does. A few of the anecdotes are ones that you may have heard before, possibly from Groucho himself, but there is enough fresh material here to make for an enjoyable read.
I was very interested in what Groucho was like away from the stage and off camera. The author describes in great detail what he was like just being a husband and father. For me, these were some of the best stories in the book
Growing up the child of any celebrity has to have difficulties and I would have guessed that being the son of one of the most famous of them all- the one, the only, Groucho- would be no exception. But Arthur Marx writes of such a warm and loving relationship with his father that you cannot help but be charmed by this man called Groucho. At times, Groucho sounds like most any father- at times loving and kind, and at others, distant and uncommunicative. But over all, I got the sense that Groucho did love his children and tried whenever possible to be the best father to them that he could.
I remember the news stories about Groucho in his later years and the infamous fights over his estate that the author had with Erin Fleming so it was good to get information about the resolution to those court battles. Of course this story is being told from the point of view of Groucho's son so the issue of who was right versus who was wrong must be decided by the reader but it was still interesting to get an update about what finally happened.
If you are a fan of the Marx Brothers or just like Groucho, I would highly recommend this book. You are not likely to get any closer to the subject matter than Arthur Marx can take you.