In Search Of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth Barry C. Lawrence

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In Search Of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth  by  Barry C. Lawrence

In Search Of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth by Barry C. Lawrence
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This is an exhaustive study of River Phoenix and Lawrence has done a very good job. Unfortunately, the Phoenix family and several of his closest friends declined to be involved in this book, and obviously any biography about River will suffer from the lack of their insight. Despite this, Lawrence has produced a praiseworthy account of Rivers life and character.My main criticism would be that the author seems easily distracted and wanders off on different trains of thought, the relevance of which is negligible and doesnt make the book as a whole very cohesive.

For example, a low point was a sudden ramble into Rivers astrology and palmistry, which affects the pace of the book. Certain issues and lingering gossip surrounding River is addressed but not often resolved, as accounts from various sources are conflicted. Its actually quite refreshing that the biographer doesnt have a biased opinion which he patronisingly forces upon the reader.

Lawrence just states the facts as he found them.The book reads as a labour of love rather than a professional, polished endeavour. My overwhelming feeling is that I think that it would have benefited from a thorough editing, but this shouldnt put off potential readers.

It is clear that Lawrence has tried to include every snippet of information he could gather, and I dont think that there is another biography about River which rivals this one. The author comes across as a respectful enthusiast who focuses on Rivers life rather than his death, and for that I am grateful.



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