The Good Life Book Review by Tony Bennett



I received The Good Life as a gift from a friend after seeing Tony Bennett live here in San Francisco. I decided to take a little time and thought I’d read a couple of paragraphs then go on with my day. Well, from the introduction on I found that I could not put the book down. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting which I normally do not do unless the book is of real interest.

The writing style was conversational and had me thinking to myself I feel as though we’re sitting right here together having a conversation. The book begins with accounts of his parents and family immigrating to the US from Italy. His stories of his early childhood with his Mother working so hard to make ends meet along with cherished memories of family dinners etc… had me remembering and relating in so many ways to my Italian/Greek upbringing.

The pictures he paints with words are vivid as are his real life paintings of which some are showcased within the pages of the book. I never knew he was also a painter and was pleasantly surprised. His accounts of his time in World War II with all the racism and horrible treatment, specifically the “grave registration” incident, you’ll have to read the book, I won’t go into it here, was an eye opener and a learning process. Though my Father never spoke of his time in the war I now can understand how it affected his life and as a result gives me a better understanding of what he went through & why he was the person he turned out to be. It was somewhat of an awakening for me that I never would have known had I not read the accounts in this book.

Tony’s stories of the entertainment world and his constant fight not wanting to compromise his work is fascinating, entertaining and shows the reader exactly what a cut throat business the music industry can be. His struggles balancing the day to day life of his family against his work was very difficult and portrayed in heartfelt sentiment throughout the book. His struggles with drugs, money and near death are chilling and allows the reader to see inside the singer’s life in an intimate way.

This living legend worked hard for every penny he made, without compromise. This book is a wonderful read and whether a fan or not The Good Life makes for a great lesson on the ups and downs in life and how to overcome all the odds.

Comments

What a very, very thorough review of this book!! It sounded like a book in itself!

Listen, I will share with you a secret...I do not read much! You see, every time I pick up a book, somehow...I don't know...I read a few paragraphs all throughout the book...skipping here and there!! And then, after that, I finish and fill-in the story with my own thoughts! And then I believe I have finished the story that way! And so I buy a book, read a paragraph here and there, and that's reading to me! ha! I don't even know if that is funny or perhaps more...I don't know! Maybe I am a genius! hhahahahaahahhahaha! How wonderful that would be! hahahaha!

-C
rainfield61 said…
You have a very interseting review of the book. I do not know who is Tony Bennett, but I do somehow like to know more about his good life.
Icy BC said…
From your review, I just want to get the book and read it in a very urgentcy manner! Sounds so interesting, Jo!
Mountain Woman said…
Sounds as though it's a wonderful book. I didn't know he was an artist as well as a fantastic performer.

I have to read this certainly. Thanks for sharing.
betchai said…
thanks for sharing this book to us Jo. yes, most people i know and met who has experienced the war has the memories and the pain shaped them to who they have become.
bessye said…
One of my favorites Tony Bennett. The voices of yesterday. Thanks for sharing his book. I'll put it on my list of books to read.

bessye
Sandy said…
I love Tony Bennett, he's old and he's new music. He's really something, the only one I know who's lived through all the changes in music and is still so very popular with people of all ages. Sounds like a fascinating read, and I love history and genealogy so this is definately something I'm putting on my list.

Nice review.
Please swing by, the suitcase has been out and about.

Sandy
Ratty said…
Biographies aren't usually my kind of book, but I've read a few. A conversational writing style always helps with these things so they're more interesting. Benjamin Franklin wrote his autobiography in the same way and I loved it.
VanillaSeven said…
I never read his book Joanne, but what I can tell you that his music are awesome. Simply love it.
Thank you all so much for your comments as they are very much appreciated.
RNSANE said…
I have the book myself, Jo, and I still haven't gotten around to reading it. You'd think, now that I'm retired, I'd have all the time in the world. It is on my "must read" list. I will forever cherish that night when we heard him sing in San Franciso!

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