Monday, August 29, 2016
REVIEW: Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder. RIP Gene.
RIP Gene Wilder. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with the world. You will be missed. I read this book back in April, and loved his candid discussion about his life and career.
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love & Art
Author: Gene Wilder
When I first started reading this book, I felt uncomfortable -- maybe even a little embarrassed. It was almost like eavesdropping on a therapy session. But then, after a few chapters, I realized something -- Gene Wilder was being totally honest. He was sharing what he really thought, giving his real opinion, and telling about things he did or said, regardless of whether they would be judged as good or bad by his readers.
Don't read this book expecting Gene to be funny. Watch his movies for that. This book is about his career, his life, his friends, relationships, the ups and downs of his career, his marriages....his real feelings, his real struggles with mental illness and life in general. Creative people often have the hardest time with "real'' life. It makes sense -- if you spend more time pretending to be other people than being yourself....how do you remember who you really are?
He shares about his self doubt, talks about his failed marriages, loving and losing Gilda Radner, his own struggle with cancer and finally finding love again with his present wife.
It was nice to have a peek at the real man behind the acting skills. I was a fan of Gene Wilder before I read this book -- I am an even bigger fan now.
Thank you for being candid and real, Gene. Your story was amazing.
My rating: 8/10
Candid discussions of sex and adult situations