Just One More Thing Book Review
About the book
Author: Peter Falk
Publisher: Arrow Books
I've always been a fan of Peter Falk and his role in the Columbo series. So when I saw this book on Amazon, I decided to buy it. Peter talks about his acting career from the very beginning and the many people he has worked with. The beginning of the book tells us how he lost his eye. This I found very interesting as I always did wonder this. In his early years, Peter did a lot of theatre work and moved into films.
In his early days, Peter tells us about his time in the army and subsequently moving into acting as a career. He specifically points out that when he wrote the book he wanted to make each chapter quite short and to the point. He knew that this would grab the readers attention and that it can become quite a chore if the chapters are rather long. There are, as it happens, quite a lot of chapters in the book. In fact, there are 63 chapters, not including the forward and epilogue. But as I say, he likes to keep things short and brief. Actually, some of the chapters may only be 1 or 2 pages long. But I found this a good thing. Peter did have a very long and extensive acting career and worked with many people. He has a lot to tell! There are a lot of pictures included of himself and with co-workers and of directors/producers he has had the pleasure of working with.
During his career, he travelled a lot to film locations and tells us about his trips abroad and some of the antics he got into. Of course, there is also Columbo. It is still re-run on television today, so the show is still popular. He tells us interesting little stories about how Columbo came about and that famous mac that he wore throughout the whole of Columbo. He also tells us about the dogs that they used. Actually, I didn't think he spoke that much about Columbo, which I found quite surprising as this was such a big part of his life.
The chapters and stories in the book are more like anecdotes of things that have happened throughout the course of his life. He does talk about a bit about his personal life - growing up with his loving parents, his marriage and not getting into acting until he was 28 years of age.
I was 28 and I decided to become an actor. I told my father and he said, "You gonna paint your face and make an ass of yourself the rest of your life?" I said, "That's right." He shook my hand and said good luck.— Peter Falk
For someone who is after more biographical account of Peter Falk's life, then I wouldn't consider this book to read. This is more of an anecdotal account of his life and acting career. Each chapter gives short snippets of information about his personal and professional career. I rather enjoyed reading this. Although the book is 280 pages long, it won't take you too long to read. The book contains plenty of pictures.
I like the fact that each chapter is broken down to short stories giving you little titbits of information. There is also some funny stories in the book which made me laugh. One thing I learned about him, he certainly had a sense of humour and up for a joke. Also, I didn't know he could draw. He contains a few pictures in the book of some of his drawings, and he was rather quite good! The only thing I found a little disappointing was the fact that he didn't really talk too much about Columbo. But I still found what he did write very interesting and informative.
If, like me, you are a fan of Peter Falk and don't want something too big or heavy to read, I think you would enjoy this book. It's short and snappy, and plenty of laughs in it to keep you amused.
Just One More Thing book
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