Saturday, August 13, 2016

Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thankfully, Schwarzenegger has had the sense and humility to accept help with the writing of these mémoirs.  As a result, this is entertaining, well-penned and clear; skillfully presenting him as precisely the hardworking, determined professional he sets himself  out to be.

The book falls into three rather distinct parts, just like his life :
First, he is an unheard-of Austrian bodybuilder, arriving in America with little else than an unpronounceable last name.
Then come his Hollywood years as a larger-than-life action movie star. (My favourite part)
It finishes with an account of his mandates as governor of California. This last part ends in 2010, and felt more like self-promotion than anything else, as he probably still nourished political ambitions at the time.

All in all, it was a diverting read - albeit not as witty as the title - with just enough inside information and namedropping to make it worth at least 400 of the 600 pages.

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