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Buy with confidence!. I pointed out in my review of The Life Of Senna that Rubython is a bloody terrible writer, and although he's improved somewhat for this outing, his prose still reads more like a performance review from middle management than the deft and flourish of a professional writer.
There are times when you can tell exactly which previous books he's cribbed from Gerald Donaldson's James Hunt: The Biography is especially obvious , with only careful rewording keeping it above outright plagiarism. And if he's ever heard the truism, "show, don't tell", he's dismissed it as something for lesser writers: an enormous amount of the padding is simply Tom telling you what certain people thought, then the quotes from them telling us exactly us the same thing.
It's dull and repetitive, not to mention tedious and redundant, and also boring.
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The effect is compounded by Tom's lack of self-awareness, if not outright arrogance. As with Senna , he feels free to offer his opinions as fact, right down to which women James truly loved because obviously, it's easy to see into someone else's relationships.
He also bestows such wisdom as, "It cannot be over-emphasised how much the advent of ground effects sucked the spirit out of Formula One" - which is true, if you ignore the GP79 mod for rFactor , which chose specifically because so many different drivers and teams won races, and was voted "Mod of the Year" two years running. Clearly the era was highly competitive and has a sizable fanbase, but Tom has spoken, so obviously their opinion doesn't count. Worst of all is the seedy, lecherous tone he takes when recounting James' sex life. Obviously with James the topic has to come up eventually, but there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it, and Tom's way is deeply, deeply wrong.
Don't tell us before the fateful Japanese Grand Prix that James was "having his penis sucked" - phrases like that just leave a bad taste in the brain.
Keep reading and you'll find a whole chapter defending James' sex addiction, a condition largely invented by Tom, and containing more than a whiff of jealousy and protesting-too-much. He makes the whole thing clinical, distasteful, then expects us to find it as exciting as him. All that said, credit where it's due - once again Tom has done an impressive amount of research. There seems to be no avenue left unexplored and unresearched from James' remarkable life, and that's kind of the problem - having researched it all, Tom wants to share it all, and he isn't talented or intelligent enough to make that work.
After two books with the same faults, I think that's the answer to the riddle of Tom Rubython - the man is an awful writer, but a highly competent archivist. If an archive is what you want, his books will have plenty to offer. If you want an actual book - concise, well-written and a pleasure to read - buy something from Gerald Donaldson instead. Jun 03, Lynda Kelly rated it liked it. This wasn't a patch on Rubython's Senna biography It all seemed very rushed and I don't recall it being advertised as much as the Senna one was either-I heard about it by accident!
It was nice to know a lot more about James and his background and I liked the whole of Murray Walker's eulogy at his memorial service was repri This wasn't a patch on Rubython's Senna biography It was nice to know a lot more about James and his background and I liked the whole of Murray Walker's eulogy at his memorial service was reprinted in full as that was lovely, although sad, of course. His second wife Sarah didn't come out of it very well, I have to say, whereas all James' other ladies all seemed to be lovely and not grasping or demanding. I know Sarah had his sons but she still pretty much bankrupted him and from what I read James would never have seen her or his boys go short anyway-there was no need for it.
All in all a good book for the fans but if you're a real Hunt afficionado then maybe not Jun 28, Billy rated it it was amazing Shelves: bio-s , favorites. What a perfect book! I was so enthralled once I got through the initial statistics of his career, and more into the personal relational commentary, and was brought to tears at the end when his last girlfriend spoke of her aftermath. He was an exceptional man, and I can relate to his filterlessness!
I'd recommend this to everyone! Well done! What a life! Feb 26, Eric rated it really liked it. I gave this book a high rating based mostly on James' character, the content and the research done to make this book possible.
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It also happened to be very well written if you take all of the typos and grammatical errors out, that was the only off-putting thing about the whole book. It was the literary equivalent of framing a Picasso in the cheapest frame available at Ikea. For those of you that found this book after watching Rush you are in for a pleasant surprise.
As good a film as Rush was, it I gave this book a high rating based mostly on James' character, the content and the research done to make this book possible. As good a film as Rush was, it barely scratched the surface in terms of everything that went on during that fateful season. I initially watched Rush and loved it, I then read this book and loved the bit even more.
Afterwards I re-watched Rush and wasn't very impressed with it the second time. This is a great read and is the celebration of a truly remarkable individual's life. James was one of those larger than life characters and this book is perfect for getting to know him better.
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The book was very well laid out in chronological order on the career of James Hunt and provided good background info on the main players that affected James Hunt's life and career. The book is long and takes a good amount of time and dedication to plough on thorough, but overall is very rewarding when complete that allows the reader to think back over a far-too-brief life of the formula one driver and commentator that was James Hunt. A few niggles on the editing of the paperback, some misspelt words and paragraphs being added in mid-sentence the editor should really pay a little more attention , but other then that a fine book.
Feb 08, Zoe rated it it was amazing. The tales of James Hunt are the stuff of legends— on and off the track.
Hunt would charm them as they checked in, and invited them up to his suite for a party — they always said yes. Allegedly, James Hunt went on quite a run during this two week binge 33 BA stewardesses. Once his Formula Ford crashed and sank in the middle of a lake. He would have drowned— had he been able to afford seat belts. His skills improved, but he never conquered his fears.
This potent cocktail of adrenaline and testosterone made him a fierce competitor on the track. He had a commanding presence and spoke impressively in a deep voice with a cultivated accent, saying exactly what he thought. He hated dressing up— wearing old blue jeans and often walking around in his bare feet, even on formal occasions.
He drank heavily, smoked two packs a day, experimented with drugs, partied hard, and enoyed the ladies. He married one of them, Suzy Miller, a fashion model who eventually left him for the actor Richard Burton. While he became a media darling for the tabloid press, his behavior was less appreciated by Formula One journalists, who found him a frustrating mixture of boisterous charm and overbearing conceit. Twice he was voted the least liked driver and despairing members of the Formula One establishment accused him of bringing the sport into disrepute.
I was just there for the show. Still, she was prepared to give it time in the unlikely event that she was wrong. Hunt would later marry actor Richard Burton. For a time, Hunt enjoyed home life and was in love with Suzy, or so he thought, and undeniably proud of having landed her.
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