Thursday 20 October 2011

Book - Dick Van Dyke: My lucky life in and out of show business

I loved the old Dick Van Dyke series with Mary Tyler Moore and always thought highly of Dick Van Dyke as a very nice person. Many autobiographies I find very self serving to the author and hoped this would be different. I loved how he set the readers mind in the forward: 

"I have endeavoured to write the kind of book I think people want from me. It's also the kind of book I want from me. It covers my 60 plus years in show business. I also write about my family, my personal struggles and a few lessons I may have learned. But a word of warning about this book: If you are looking for dirt, stop reading right now. I have had some tough times and battled a few demons, but there is nothing salacious here." 

It was a very good book about a man who basically enjoyed what he was doing to make a living. I always had the sense while I read that it was never work for him but good, sometimes challenging fun. He speaks frankly about his private life but does not get right down to the nitty-gritty as what happens in other autobiographies, which I enjoyed. And, yes, he does sound like a very nice person! This is a light read but an entertaining one. I'm glad I read it.

1 comment:

Teena in Toronto said...

Good book! Thanks for recommending it to me.