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Well, you know... reading this is like one of those people at dinner parties that always has good stories to tell. And often you think, hey I have heard him telling that story before. But you don't care. Because it's funny, it's a good way to pass time, but it is also very forgettable.
Quite possibly my all-time favorite Goldman book. As much as I love The Princess Bride,Hype and Glory is all commentary on the author's experience while judging Cannes and the Miss America Pageant. If you loved the commentary in TPB,this is not to be missed.
Excellent autobiography of writer William Goldman's life during a year of ups & downs.
Highly amusing anecdotes from a profoundly accomplished screenwriter and author. He wrote some of the most classic films: Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, etc. The book consists of musings of the author at Cannes Film Festival and Miss America Pageant. Goldman has a refreshing "I don't care what hollywood thinks of me, bc they need me" attitude and pulls no punches in his witty description of his experiences. A very enjoyable read.
In 1988, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman was a judge for both the Cannes Film Festival and (because of a joke he made to Rob Reiner about wanting to do it) the Miss America contest. He chronicles both experiences in this book. If you're interested at all in pop culture this is definitely worth reading. Goldman has a skill for turning his anecdotes about these event into chapters that feel like short stories, with their own pacing and surprises.
William spends a year as a judge for Miss America, and Cannes Film Festival. And he gets divorced. The inevitable melancholy of the last fact colours the other, jollier proceedings. Which ain't a bad thing, I suppose, except that the fizzy stuff tends to feel especially so -- hence, it becomes one of his slighter productions.
I loved his fiction and thought I would also enjoy some inside info on Hollywood but it turns out I prefer to not see how the sausage is made.
Thorougly entertaining and enlightening.
Why I Read This Book: I saw it on the library shelf while looking for a few Ellison books, and I like the author's work.Judging by its cover, this isn't a particularly deep book, nor is it about a particularly promising topic. Actually, it's about two not particularly promising topics; the book is about the summer (of 1989?) that Goldman acted as a judge in both the Cannes film festival and the Miss America pageant. It turns out that it's actually about a third topic as well, one of grave person...
William Goldman's memoir about a year where he was both a judge at the Cannes film festival, and a judge in the Miss America pageant is a source of amusing anecdotes. Not surprisingly, it's also really well written -- there's an actual personal story buried beneath the words and anecdotes that Goldman develops without talking about it much. But the book is somehow not fully satisfying in the way I would have hoped.Part of it is rhythm. Goldman's prose here seemed a little by the numbers; the ane...
William Goldman chronicles his experiences as a judge for the Cannes film festival as well as the Miss America Pageant in the same year - 1989. An entertaining collection of anecdotes, combined with some musings on the meaning of art & criticism, as well as the path his life was leading. Goldman occasionally comes off a bit self-centered, but it's kind of the nature of the beast for this type of writing. I thought it quite interesting that he included some of the young women's info - headshots &...
It's a little hit-or-miss, and certainly no match for his Adventures in the Screen Trade, which is one of the best books ever written about the industry — Hollywood's Ball Four, if you will — but Goldman is always an entertaining read. I'm biased like that. You write Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I'm going to give you quite a bit of leeway.
Goldman serves as a judge for the Cannes Film Festival and the Miss America Pageant, while undergoing a divorce and dealing with medical problems. This is an entertaining read: opinionated, full of tales large and small, and ultimately engaging and energizing.
More Goldman, a record of the year he judged the Cannes film contest and the Miss America contest and got divorced. Has the peculiar effect of making the Miss America contest seem almost reasonable and the Cannes contest ridiculous.
Really wonderful. A year on Goldman's life where he was a judge at Cannes then a judge at the Miss America pageant, while his marriage quietly falls apart in the background.Also full of great film anecdotes like 'Adventures'.
I am fond of William Goldman, but Hype and Glory was a tough read with only a handful of satisfactions.