Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence

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I received a Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. It is with the understanding that I will publish a review on Net Galley, Amazon and Goodreads. In addition I have posted it on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book because I have enjoyed a number of the Marx Brothers movies and was interested in learning more about Groucho in particular. This is the first book by Lee Siegel I have read (and will be the last).

This book is part biography and part psychoanalysis/babble on not just Groucho Marx, but on his brothers also (making the title very misleading). One of the strong points of the book is that it is short and a very quick read. It was unclear to me if the author was defending the brothers or criticizing them. Was I supposed to be offended or feel sorry for them? I was tempted on a few occasions to just stop reading (life is too short to spend reading dull books), but I continued due to the shortness of the book.

I suggest looking elsewhere if you want to learn more about Groucho Marx.

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About caseywheeler

My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
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