Bill Goldman Tells It Like It Is.
Reviewed By: Avraham Azrieli
Avraham Azrieli writes books and screenplays. His website is: www.AzrieliBooks.com
This book is written with a warm, personal and conversational style that makes you forgot you are reading. It offers the priceless opportunity to spend many hours one-on-one with a great writer, whose list of screen and literary credits is long and without match.
His screen credits span almost five deceased, starting with Masquerade (with Michael Relph; 1965), Harper (1966), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969; Academy Award), The Hot Rock (1972), The Stepford Wives (1975), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Marathon Man (1976) – based on his novel, All the President’s Men (1976; Academy Award), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Magic (1978; Edgar Award) – based on his novel, Heat (1986) – based on his novel, The Princess Bride (1987) – based on his novel, Twins (1988; uncredited), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992; consultant), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Year of the Comet (1992), Chaplin (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993; uncredited), Last Action Hero (1993; uncredited), Malice (1993; consultant), Maverick (1994),
Dolores Claiborne (1995; consultant), The Chamber (1996) – based on the novel by John Grisham, Extreme Measures (1996; consultant), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997; consultant), Absolute Power (1997), The General’s Daughter (1999), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Dreamcatcher (2003), Wild Card (2014) – based on his novel.
In this book, Goldman tells us how his life and craft took him on a lifelong adventure in the creative world of novels and films (and much more!). And he tells it like it is (or was) with grande modesty, cutting humor, and cynical yet heartfelt sincerity — and without reservations.
I would recommend this book not only to those who love novels and movies, but also to anyone interested in biographies of people who accomplished incredible achievements in their chosen trade while overcoming modest beginnings, economic hardships, personal weaknesses, vicious naysayers, and outright impassable barriers on the path to an unlikely yet breathtaking success.
This is a wonderful book about an incredible life in the real world of make belief. Highly recommended!