Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I've Read: A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

Oh boy, well, I was really excited to read A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley by Neal Thompson, but it was a bit of a disappointment really. Not so much a disappointment in content I suppose, but maybe in length and my actual interest in wanting to know that much detail about his life. It's a 432 page book and around page 200 I started becoming disinterested in finishing. I also promised myself this year that I would stop forcing myself to finish books, or to keep books in the idea that I would come back to them. There's no sense in wasting valuable reading time or something you don't even like! Back to the book, what I did read was interesting. So Mr. Ripley was from the west and moved to New York as a young man, he wished to be a baseball player but an injury removed that dream. He then went on to be a cartoonist and became very popular, and began his Believe it or Not series in the 1930s. Mr. Ripley was sort of a curiosity in  himself. He wore very flashy outfits and had buck teeth and a bit of a lisp if I remember correctly. He was enthralled with travelling and that's where he found so many of his curiosities. I faded out of the book when it started to talk about his dreadful personal life with his wife and affairs and things, but the first half talking about his life growing up was interesting indeed.

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