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Me Cheeta : The Autobiography. James Lever

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This book is everything you would want from a Hollywood memoir - full of scandal, gossip, name-dropping and self-delusion - it hardly matters that it isn't real. The book is written as a memoir by the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s Tarzan films. As with most memoirs, the book starts with Cheeta's early life in the jungle, progressing through his arrival in America, his first taste of fame and the highs and lows of a career in Hollywood's Golden Age. It got off to a bit of a slow star and at first I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it so much, but then it won me over. The part about Cheeta's later life, his fall from favour in Hollywood and his career beyond that, were particularly good, and I actually found the ending incredibly moving, which I wasn't expecting at all from a spoof.

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Me Cheeta: The Autobiography The incredible, and moving true story of Cheeta the Chimp, star of countless Hollywood blockbusters, told in his own words. The greatest Hollywood Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, died in 1984. His coffin was lowered into the ground to the recorded sounds of his famous jungle call. Maureen O'Sullivan, his Jane, died in 1998. Weissmuller's son, who first played Boy in the 1939 film Tarzan finds a Mate, has gone too. But Cheeta the Chimp, who starred with them all, is alive and well, retired in Palm Springs. At the incredible age of seventy-five, he is by far the oldest living chimpanzee ever recorded. Now, in his own words, Cheeta (aka Jiggs) finally tells his extraordinary story.

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Publisher
Fourth Estate (GB)
Book Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
320
Author
James Lever
ISBN-13
9780007278633
Publication Date
October, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.20 x 6.20 x 1.40 Inches
ISBN-10
0007278632

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This book is everythin...
This book is everything you would want from a Hollywood memoir - full of scandal, gossip, name-dropping and self-delusion - it hardly matters that it isn't real. The book is written as a memoir by the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s Tarzan films. As with most memoirs, the book starts with Cheeta's early life in the jungle, progressing through his arrival in America, his first taste of fame and the highs and lows of a career in Hollywood's Golden Age. It got off to a bit of a slow star and at first I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it so much, but then it won me over. The part about Cheeta's later life, his fall from favour in Hollywood and his career beyond that, were particularly good, and I actually found the ending incredibly moving, which I wasn't expecting at all from a spoof.
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This tell all biograph...
This tell all biography by a chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies along with Johnny Weismuller was selected for the Booker Prize longlist in 2009. It's filled with snarky humor, jokes about the movie industry and actors, and has numerous references to masturbation, excrement, and other body fluids. I guess I would say that it was well written, but it certainly wasn't a captivating story, and I stopped reading it after 70 pages.
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This book is everythin...
This book is everything you would want from a Hollywood memoir - full of scandal, gossip, name-dropping and self-delusion - it hardly matters that it isn't real. The book is written as a memoir by the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s Tarzan films. As with most memoirs, the book starts with Cheeta's early life in the jungle, progressing through his arrival in America, his first taste of fame and the highs and lows of a career in Hollywood's Golden Age. It got off to a bit of a slow star and at first I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it so much, but then it won me over. The part about Cheeta's later life, his fall from favour in Hollywood and his career beyond that, were particularly good, and I actually found the ending incredibly moving, which I wasn't expecting at all from a spoof.
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1 customers found this helpful
This tell all biograph...
This tell all biography by a chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies along with Johnny Weismuller was selected for the Booker Prize longlist in 2009. It's filled with snarky humor, jokes about the movie industry and actors, and has numerous references to masturbation, excrement, and other body fluids. I guess I would say that it was well written, but it certainly wasn't a captivating story, and I stopped reading it after 70 pages.
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This book is everythin...

This book is everything you would want from a Hollywood memoir - full of scandal, gossip, name-dropping and self-delusion - it hardly matters that it isn't real. The book is written as a memoir by the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s Tarzan films. As with most memoirs, the book starts with Cheeta's early life in the jungle, progressing through his arrival in America, his first taste of fame and the highs and lows of a career in Hollywood's Golden Age. It got off to a bit of a slow star and at first I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it so much, but then it won me over. The part about Cheeta's later life, his fall from favour in Hollywood and his career beyond that, were particularly good, and I actually found the ending incredibly moving, which I wasn't expecting at all from a spoof.

Once in a great while ...

Once in a great while a book will find it's way into your life and earns a place of honor on your bookshelves. Such a book is Me Cheeta: My Life In Hollywood by James Lever. Extremely readable, this clever spoof of Hollywood memoirs will have you laughing one minute, gasping with shock the next, and then actually bring you to tears with it's moving story of a chimp that makes it big in Hollywood. This is one monkey that isn't afraid to dish the dirt. Stories of the stars and their way of life in the thirties and forties, is both hilarious and eye-opening. The fact that Cheeta, the oldest chimpanzee on record, is still alive and well, living in Palm Springs, painting pictures and stealing cigarettes warms the cockles of my heart. If you are looking for a slightly different read, I would recommend this book. From his hilarious well documented battles with co-star Maureen O'Sullivan, who played Jane, and his insights on all the stars of the day, especially at MGM, you don't have to be a particular fan of "Tarzan" movies to enjoy Me Cheeta. Definitely one of the year's best books for me, but a warning for the faint-hearted, there is some animal cruelty described and some explicit sexual conduct.

Funny and poignant, M...

Funny and poignant, "Me Cheeta" is the ultimate insider/outsider peek into Hollywood's heyday. It's well written, with a narrator who sees people in a way they can't see themselves. The last chapter has a wonderful "twist." A wonderful, funny novel of Hollywood. It transcends parody by allowing the reader to see through (and sometimes see more than) the 'author.' Really nicely handled. Note: the library from which I borrowed this book had it listed with a Dewey Decimal code of 791. Are the librarians in on the joke, or do they think the chimpanzee Cheeta, who appeared in movies in the 1930s, is a) still alive and b) writing?

Funny and poignant, M...

Funny and poignant, "Me Cheeta" is the ultimate insider/outsider peek into Hollywood's heyday. It's well written, with a narrator who sees people in a way they can't see themselves. The last chapter has a wonderful "twist." A wonderful, funny novel of Hollywood. It transcends parody by allowing the reader to see through (and sometimes see more than) the 'author.' Really nicely handled. Note: the library from which I borrowed this book had it listed with a Dewey Decimal code of 791. Are the librarians in on the joke, or do they think the chimpanzee Cheeta, who appeared in movies in the 1930s, is a) still alive and b) writing?

Wow! Who would think ...

Wow! Who would think this jokey high concept book about an animal actor in the Golden Age of Hollywood could have something deeply moving to say about love, time, death and the nature of humanity? Highly recommended.

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