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René & Me: An Autobiography by Gorden Kaye,Hilary Bonner

René & Me: An Autobiography
Title:
René & Me: An Autobiography
Author:
Gorden Kaye,Hilary Bonner
ISBN:
0283999659
ISBN13:
978-0283999659
Size fb2:
1688 kb
Size epub:
1162 kb
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan; 1st edition (September 28, 1989)
Language:
English
Pages:
170 pages
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Rating:
4.2
Votes:
268
Category:
Biographies & Memoris
Gordon Kaye is famous for his portrayal of the cafe boss in "Allo, Allo", a BBC sitcom and stage show. This is his story of how a shy working-clas Yorkshire boy fought his way up to become the extrovert Rene, discussing the knocks he took along the way. Perhaps the most devastating blow was the recent tabloid revelations about his private life, but Gordon Kaye won the sympathy and admiration of the country by facing up to the situation and telling the truth about his homosexuality. He tells the whole story with wit and compassion and also talks about the other stars he has known and worked with - his friendship with Pat Phoenix and how she got him his first big TV break on "Coronation Street"; his work with John Inman on "Are You Being Served" and there is a wealth of anecdotes about people such as Les Dawson, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, Max Wall, Joan Syms and many more.
  • Bliss
Very sweet book. It is nice to find out the background story of this actor.
  • Xtintisha
Written in anecdotal style. I really bought it to get to know more about this actor whose series I enjoyed so much. Interesting stories. It was like spending an evening with a fascinating friend who has good stories to tell, but they weren't really cohesive or part of a greater narrative.
  • Dark_Sun
Good book with a story of a man that has faced the odds
  • Malak
very interesting. i liked that he talked about 'allo 'allo
  • Delalbine
Synopsis
Gordon Kaye is famous for his portrayal of the cafe boss in "Allo, Allo", a BBC sitcom and stage show. This is his story of how a shy working-clas Yorkshire boy fought his way up to become the extrovert Rene, discussing the knocks he took along the way. Perhaps the most devastating blow was the recent tabloid revelations about his private life, but Gordon Kaye won the sympathy and admiration of the country by facing up to the situation and telling [..]his homosexuality. He tells the whole story with wit and compassion and also talks about the other stars he has known and worked with - his friendship with Pat Phoenix and how she got him his first big TV break on "Coronation Street"; his work with John Inman on "Are You Being Served" and there is a wealth of anecdotes about people such as Les Dawson, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, Max Wall, Joan Syms and many more. (From the publisher)

Gorden Kaye's book is not the usual autobiography. It's more like an extended conversation, jumping about, full of anecdotes, and refreshingly honest and direct. He shares enough of his background to fill us in on the important aspects of his past, but does not bore us with endless details, choosing to focus on the more interesting aspects of his career.
  • Rleillin
I only watched 'Allo! 'Allo! for the first time last year (2013) and I couldn't believe my eyes! I was wetting myself with laughter every few minutes. I had to watch every episode in every series - it became my mission. After browsing rather disinterested and bored I came across Gorden Kaye's autobiography and for the bargain price of 1p, I thought hey! I'm splashing out here!

I almost devoured this short telling of his life, written with the help of Hilary Bonner - a journalist he trusted very dearly to portray him honestly. And yet, the character of Rene is very evident from the first page with numerous double entendres and gimmicks galore. It is wittily told too, with the exact amount of emotion needed to pull you in and follow him through his childhood and his amateur theatre work.

The two main catching points in Rene and Me were the behind-the-scenes transcript of all the things that when wrong while filming. After watching the entire series, I knew exactly which scene he was referring to. The second great interest to the story is his coming out as homosexual - and rather forcedly too. His loneliness and lack of self-confidence unless when he's hiding behind his numerous characters he's played is sad. You feel for the guy, and when a newspaper threatens to expose his 'secret' life you feel anger and betrayal. The disgusting nature in which one newspaper (after the revelation was revealed) put up a petition to have him quit as the loveable rogue Rene is quite deplorable.

Rene and Me is a bitter sweet tale of the ups and downs of a man who often shies away from the limelight and allows his caricature of Rene - the randy french cafe owner of 'Allo! 'Allo! - to take centre stage. It suffers from a little repetition where numerous incidents and facts are revealed more than once, but I thoroughly enjoyed this.