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Book by Eszterhas, Joe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Screenwriters 101 July 31 2005
By L. Lathrop - Published on Amazon.com
Fairly slow going as screenwriters are apparently not necessarily great book authors, but interesting insight into how Hollywood really works - or doesn't, as the case may be. I found that far more interesting than who the author had sex with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bloated, mysogynistic, arrogant ... get the picture? June 20 2012
By maelje - Published on Amazon.com
I tried to read this book with an open mind, but in the end, ended up just about despising the author. In his zeal to portray himself as a player on the Hollywood scene, Joe Eszterhas instead reminded this reader that sleazeballs just aren't all that amusing.

In addition, this book IS MORE THAN 700 PAGES LONG. It should have been HALF that. I guess, though, that if you're the screenwriter who wrote "Basic Instinct," plus a lot of other films that altogether have grossed about a billion bucks (that's not an exaggeration), then you get to do pretty much whatever you want to do when you write your memoir. Eszterhas, for this project, desperately needed an editor to tell him when too much was getting to be ... well, too much.

Perhaps I was expecting too much. This is the guy, after all, who wrote "Showgirls," quite possibly one of the five worst films I've ever seen.

Since this volume was published, Eszterhas also has written "Crossbearer," a memoir about his return to faith. That book has gotten far better reviews than this one, so perhaps I should try it, and see if the author's rediscovered religiosity has made him a more sympathetic subject.

As for "Hollywood Animal": Don't bother. I'm no moralist, but this book truly is repulsive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating backstory Jan. 9 2007
By S. Di Lizio - Published on Amazon.com
I read this to hear about Hollywood and scriptwriting game, however, I ended up very intrigued by the backstory concerning the author's parents. If you are interested in scriptwriting or film-making, then this book is four or five star. However, a friend of mine without such interests really struggled with this book and ultimately didn't finish it. Joe Eszterhas has lead a life which many would judge him for, but that doesn't stop it from being interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best 'give-up-smoking' book on the market! Dec 10 2006
By Mezzanine - Published on Amazon.com
When Joe Esterhasz gets to about page 600 he reveals he has cancer of the oesophagus because of his smoking, drinking lifestyle. The book, at that moment, takes on a surreal tone and you realise the irony of what has gone before. It is a great work, not a great literary work but as a detailed picture drawn by a talented although slightly eccentric screenwriter who manages to alienate more people (according to the book) than most. Sometimes the detail is self-indulgent and unnecessary, such as the over-done italicised love letters/diaries of his second wife. I must admit I could have done without most of those but for the most part, and for the lifestyle 'don't smoke' warning, and for the Hollywood gossip, this is worth a read, especially if you like stories about movie directors lusting after starlets...who doesn't?
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, wonderfully entertaining. April 27 2014
By Dennis Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book I didn't want to end. Mr. Eszterhas is a fantastic writer and spinner of tales. There is an unexpected moral element to the book and a willingness by Mr. Eszterhas to show the unflattering parts of his psyche. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

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