I, Fatty

I, Fatty

by Jerry Stahl

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In this highly acclaimed novel, the author of Permanent Midnight channels fallen early-Hollywood star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Fatty tells his own story of success, addiction, and a precipitous fall from grace after being framed for a brutal crime-a national media scandal that set the precedent for those so familiar today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596919129
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/05/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 534,618
File size: 863 KB

About the Author

Jerry Stahl has written for GQ, Village Voice, and Esquire, among others, as well as film and television. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Permanent Midnight, which was made into a film starring Ben Stiller, and the novels Perv and Plainclothes Naked. He has one daughter and lives in Los Angeles.

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I, Fatty 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Angeline316 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this one down!! I really enjoyed Stahl's sake on biography. I, honestly, didn't know who Fatty Arbuckle was. But i was so enthrawled in this i did major research! Really cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have an appreciation for a by-gone era of when Hollywood was just forming, you will love this book. It tells the tale of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, but it also depicts what it took to make that town what it is today. You see how Hollywood really attracted only the lowliest of creatures (who were looking for acceptance either on stage or in a bottle) and turned them into stars, only to be used as newspaper fodder. What surprised me the most was the way the author really embodied Fatty and talked exactly the way I would imagine a chuckle-gut like Arbuckle would talk. I really laughed at some of the one-liners he and Keaton used to say to each other. While reading this book you realize that the guys in the silent films had a voice...and this is it!
speedyclax More than 1 year ago
I can't really find the words to express how incredible this book is. For anyone who has ever enjoyed Arbuckle's work, or the golden age of cinema in general, read this. Jerry Stahl has written a masterpiece. I was confused on several occasions wondering if I was actually reading Arbuckle's autobiography. Truly great.
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I, Fatty" by Jerry Stahl brings some much deserved notice and attention to Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, one of the greatest silent film comics to ever grace the screen. Stahl has written a fictionalized account of Roscoe's reminiscing over his life, the beginning, the ups and downs and the tremendous fall he took for a crime he didn't commit, and Hollywood turning its back on its once Golden Boy. Stahl's writing is fresh, funny, tragic and full of appropriate terms and slang for the early 20th century. You'll relive the glory days of early cinema, before income taxes, before world war, when actors, although considered lowly, were still gods and goddesses of their universe. As a reader, you will become entranced by Roscoe's story, even fictionalized - - this big man, so full of talent and yet lacking self-esteem, giving so much to the industry and becoming their censorship scapegoat. But at the same time, it is clear this is a work of fiction. Roscoe Arbuckle was never a heroin addict. And this one creative license puts a slight taint on the whole tale, lest Mr. Arbuckle be remembered as a poor heroin addict. At least Mr. Stahl makes it clear that Mr. Arbuckle was an innocent victim in Virginia Rappe's death. Overall, this book was a pleasure to read, despite the heroin allegations. Real gems from the silent era, such as Mabel Normand, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Schenck, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and even Bob Hope come alive in the pages. It's a quick and easy read and worth every moment spent turning the pages. Even knowing the sad outcome of Mr. Arbuckle's career and life after that Labor Day of 1921, the book will still keep you anxious to turn the page and read on. Hopefully this book will help to shed light on the previously untapped genius of Roscoe Arbuckle, and give him some well deserved new fans. Recommended.
KromesTomes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Generally okay, but narrator's voice was inconsistent in a jarring way ... and although I haven't researched the "true" story, I find the details from this book unconvincing.
Manuel_Royal More than 1 year ago
Funny, sad, insightful, compassionate Roscoe-eye view of the early years of an entertainment industry populated by damaged people. Some annoying anachronisms, but very enjoyable.
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I've read most of the books out about Roscoe Arbuckle, and I'm not sure if I agree with the author's take on what happened that fateful day at the St. Francis Hotel. The author writes as if Roscoe is "telling" his personal story and one does feel like one is listening to Arbuckle relate his own tale. It is readable, and those who have an interest in the Arbuckle story will want to check this one out.