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Ball of Fire : The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball epub ebook

by Stefan Kanfer

Ball of Fire : The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball epub ebook

Author: Stefan Kanfer
Category: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Gardners Books (June 30, 2005)
Pages: 358 pages
ISBN: 0571220312
ISBN13: 978-0571220311
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 762
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Ball of Fire gives us Lucy in all her contradictions Although 14 years have passed since Lucille Ball's death-and 52 since the . Stefan Kanfer’s books include The Eighth Sin, A Summer World, The Last Empire, Serious Business, and Groucho.

Ball of Fire gives us Lucy in all her contradictions. Here is the beauty who became a master of knock-down slapstick; the control freak whose comic alter ego thrived on chaos, the worshipful TV housewife whose real marriage ended in public disaster. Although 14 years have passed since Lucille Ball's death-and 52 since the debut of I Love Lucy-the public's fascination with the redheaded star and her show has not waned. Kanfer (Groucho: The Life.

Independent on Sunday 'Ball Of Fire reveals all about house- wife superstar Lucille Ball. Kanfer portrays Lucille Ball as insatiably anxious and insecure. Although Ball reigned on four consecutive top-rated CBS comedies from 1951 to 1974, Kanfer sees a decline in the quality of her work beginning in the early '60s

Independent on Sunday 'Ball Of Fire reveals all about house- wife superstar Lucille Ball. Although Ball reigned on four consecutive top-rated CBS comedies from 1951 to 1974, Kanfer sees a decline in the quality of her work beginning in the early '60s. Without Arnaz to dominate her and placate others after they divorced, Ball became all-controlling on her shows, and her temper and tactlessness began costing her professional and personal relationships.

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Ball of fire: the tumultuous life and comic art of Lucille Ball (2003). Tough without a gun: the life and extraordinary afterlife of Humphrey Bogart (2011). Stardust lost: the triumph, tragedy, and mishugas of the Yiddish theater in America (2006, 2007). Voodoo that they did so well: the wizards who invented the New York stage (2007). Somebody: the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon Brando (2008). Borscht Belt: revisiting the remains of America's Jewish vacationland (photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld, essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit) (2016).

Those expecting a vicious Hollywood tell-all from Stefan Kanfer’s Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life . Lucille Ball is an icon, and this book explores her life, her show, and her fame brilliantly. The story is told crisply and completely.

Those expecting a vicious Hollywood tell-all from Stefan Kanfer’s Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball will be disappointed. Even Lucy's fans will find new material here, and everyone interested in comedy will appreciate Stefan Kanfer's expert knowledge and vivid prose.

There is more "tumultuous life" than "comic art" in Stefan Kanfer's readable though .

There is more "tumultuous life" than "comic art" in Stefan Kanfer's readable though uneven biography of the redheaded TV legend. Unfortunately, when Kanfer loses interest in other parts of Ball’s life - . her childhood, the Hollywood years - a smoothly impersonal tone takes over and Ball of Fire becomes a sophisticated cut-and-paste job. As a resource, the book poses another problem: while Kanfer expertly incorporates quotes and information from other places, we often have no idea from where or to whom they are attributed (there are no endnotes). Actually, the highlight of Ball of Fire has nothing to do with Ball’s life story. I was disappointed in this book. I like Lucille Ball; I remember when she was accused of being "red" probably in 1952-53. She was a great comedienne. Here, too, is an intimate view of the dawn of television and of the America that embraced it. Charming, informative, touching. and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the book Lucy’s fans have been waiting for. Specifications. If only this book were as great as she.

Stefan Kanfer shows how Lucille Ball was trapped by one TV show in his biography of the 50s icon, Ball of Fire. Stefan Kanfer, who has also written a biography of Groucho Marx, calls Ball "the Marx sister", a great clown who broke the barriers for the next generation of female performers.

Stefan Kanfer author of. BALL OF FIRE: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball. Since her death in 1987, Lucille Ball has grown in significance and popularity.

To viewers worldwide Ball remains the ultimate screwball housewife, getting in and out of outlandish scrapes with hilarious finesse. Stefan Kanfer's biography looks behind the image, tracing Ball's comedic genius to its beginnings in a lonely childhood in upstate New York. En route Kanfer chronicles the runaway success of the sitcom I Love Lucy, the fiery marriage and eventual split from Desi - the Cuban bandleader who made her famous - and Ball's struggles to manage both a business empire and her own rebellious children.
Reviews (7)
Eta
Many Ball fans don't like this book. Most claim it's either unfair, inaccurate or just plain boring. In total, I don't understand the harshness of some towards the book. But, I can agree with the latter views. It can be inaccurate, and it can be boring.

Unfair means the author took unwarranted pot shots at the subject. Or maintained an overall POV that isn't supported by the facts, both those written into it or its narrative. 'Fire' does neither. It's a fairly routine rehashing of her life and career from start to finish. The author brings the standard fare recounting of Ball's life, I feel, with a real hard look at her. Overall I believe it to be fair.

Inaccurate, well, for people who maintain their own narrative on Ball and are keeper of data on her the author does miss a few, again fairly benign facts. One I noticed was his implication that the Santa Fe Super Chief train runs from both Washington, DC and New York City to Los Angeles. For the record, it ran from Chicago to LA. It's a safe bet she took something from DC to Chicago then got on the Chief, or the New York Central's luxury service from there to Chicago, then back to the Chief. There were others errors which so more a lack of editing than promoting any campaign of distortion to carry on an agenda. Ball's family doesn't like the book. Maybe, as the author noted, they wouldn't play ball with him and allow him to interview them. Personally, I don't think their own POV of the book is really central to it's theme. I read most books on Ball and I don't see where 'Fire' would lead to their rejection of it, with prejudice. Makes no sense.

Boring. If you've read other books on the subject this book can be a drag real fast. You can see ahead and in doing so you can see where the author hasn't contributed anything new to the Ball legacy. It adds nothing new to her history and gives a different angle on her life. For that matter, Desi Arnaz life either. It can easily be summed up as a recap of her life. Along those lines I'd recommend it for maybe a first book on the subject. But, if you've read other books about her this one is just redundant. If that's you I'd recommend passing on it.

Overall, not a bad book. For Ball novices. I don't see the evil, attacking agenda ridden POV some do in it. I don't see, on the other hand, anything added or new to the topic, as noted. And, if you're an old Ball fan something you can not read and not miss anything. For a college lit class the author would probably get a B- or C+.

Qiahmagha
I thought the book was worth the time it took to read but it exposed a real bitchiness in Lucy that I almost wish I hadn't read. I was a little surprised by the number of big-name comedians who refused to work with Lucy late in her career. If you want to get a real feel for what Lucy was like throughout her life, you can invest about 90 minutes of your time and watch the movie "The Big Street" with Lucy and Henry Fonda. That would be like reading the Cliff Notes version of this book.

romrom
So.... if I choose a subject matter, and then read several different books about that subject matter, and then summarize all the facts (while managing to get many of them wrong because I have no real understanding of what I'm writing about in the first place) into a new book... I can get published? Because that's exactly what this guy did. No new information of any consequence, and all he did was take information that he read from "Desilu", "Love, Lucy", "Lucille", "Lucy in the Afternoon", "I Loved Lucy", and a few others, and regurgitate it into one book. Yes, he sourced all of his information and gave credit appropriately, but still... isn't this what a book report is? Also, numerous errors throughout where he gets the different shows confused. I'm not suggesting he has to be one of those people who can answer trivia quizzes about every single episode of every show, but still -- there were only 3. It shouldn't be THAT hard to keep track of. He confuses the timelines several times, including having Robert Stack on the set of "I Love Lucy" (it was "The Lucy Show") and Joan Crawford on the set of "Here's Lucy" (it was "The Lucy Show.") The book is kind of like a "Greatest Hits" album -- except he didn't perform any of the songs himself.

Mezilabar
I am what you call a Lucyfile who seeks and loves all things about I LOVE LUCY. I thought I had read all there was in terms of books and stories about the glory days of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz! How happy I was to find a book written in 2001 almost 10 years after it was written. However, I realized why it took so long for me to find out about the book, as it wasn't really about Lucille Ball's life. It was more about the people in her life and what was going on rather about the actress herself. Whatever was going in her life was made to read like she was a third party. The author, Stefan Kanver, does not delve into the mind of his subject so I always questioned its validity that it really happened as he described. On a positive note, I found the book enjoyable, as it was very readable. I kept saying how did Lucy really feel with the frustrations of living with someone like Desi Arnaz whom I love too. She was devoted to him as he helped to make her into the superstar that she later enjoyed. But I kept questioning who are these people were really? If the man was such a philanderer then why did he stay in the marriage for 20 years? It takes two to tango to make a marriage work or fail. The author never really talked about Lucille's role in her marriage that ultimately broke up because of the fame.

I did enjoy reading the book, as I love all things Lucy. I have a collection to show my devotion to the show that aired before I was born but the book did not give me an insight into the person the world knows as Lucille Ball.

LeXXXuS
Good product

Tebei
Lucille Ball is an icon, and this book explores her life, her show, and her fame brilliantly. The story is told crisply and completely. Even Lucy's fans will find new material here, and everyone interested in comedy will appreciate Stefan Kanfer's expert knowledge and vivid prose.

Brazil
I really enjoyed this book, it was very interesting and a good read.
I read it on kindle and was well edited.

I love lucy

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