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Blessings in disguise
Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000.
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Publication Information:
[London] : Fontana, 1986.

1986, ©1985
Physical Description:
331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Hamilton, 1985.

Includes index.
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On Order

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Not strictly autobiography, this is more a series of vignettes that center on some of the outstanding actor's bizarre and delightful friends. Although the work is entertaining, ``there is disappointingly little of the inner Guinness,'' PW stated. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Already a bestseller in England, Guinness's memoir is less autobiography than fond recollections of the many friends (``blessings'') he has accumulated in his long theatrical career. In loosely organized chapters, most centered around one of the major influences in his life (e.g., Sybil Thorndike, John Gielgud), Guinness wanders back and forth through time. The threads of Guinness's own career, marriage, and religious searching wind through these chapters in an amusingly self-deprecatory way. He describes his career as a naval officer during World War II as ``the best performance I have given,'' in a chapter full of hilarious and hair-raising episodes. Sharp imagery and marvelous word portraits make this a charming book of English theatrical lore. Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.