Bogart: In Search of My Father

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  1. 14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sketchy memories, August 17, 2003
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    Beverley Strong (Australia) –
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    As a fan of Bogart movies,I found this to be an interesting read, even though it is really a collection of Bogart stories, told by his old friends. Humphrey Bogart died when his son was only 8 years old and his memories of his father are as sketchy as one would expect. What annoyed me was his whining attitude towards his father for dying and leaving him (as if he could help this !) and towards his mother, for her love and loyalty to her husband. This was a much loved and cherished child who blamed all of his failings in life on the fact that he was left fatherless as a child, but enjoyed a loving home and what would have been a fine education if he had applied himself and stopped drowning in self pity.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    son of a legend…, April 3, 2007
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    Kerry O. Burns
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    I don’t imagine any of us really know what it is like to be the son of a legend..the incredible pressure that must come with living up to your father..it sounds like a wonderful easy life but as Stephen Bogart let’s us know it’s not..a book full of anecdotes and stories, self-examination, a bit too much whining for my tastes but nevertheless some tasty morsels can be found in this book..

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  3. 8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    a tiring search, January 12, 2004
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    Chris E. Dalton “c” (Arlington, Texas United States) –
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    This review is from: Bogart: In Search of My Father (Hardcover)

    Well written but hardly engaging, Stephen Bogart descends to the predictable far too often. Open any section and the recipe will be identical: Fascinating anecdotes about Humphrey Bogart & mid-century Hollywood are sandwiched between massive slabs of “oh my daddy died and thats why life has been so hard for me me me!” The mantra of selfpity continues throughout. For those who blame their parents for the crippling hardship of adulthood (!) this is the book for you. Bogart fans will perhaps be less pleased – 2 stars for fluid prose & the bits which actually deal with Bogie, icon & man

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