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The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue A Child of the Fifties Looks Back A funny and evocative coming of age memoir by Robert Klein the beloved and award winning comedian who has entertained audiences for than four decades Best known for his unique brand of observational

  • Title: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back
  • Author: Robert Klein
  • ISBN: 9780684854892
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • A funny and evocative coming of age memoir by Robert Klein, the beloved and award winning comedian who has entertained audiences for than four decades.Best known for his unique brand of observational humor seen on Broadway and in film and television Klein details his life from ages nine to twenty five as seen through the gauze of time Klein s theme park of memoriesA funny and evocative coming of age memoir by Robert Klein, the beloved and award winning comedian who has entertained audiences for than four decades.Best known for his unique brand of observational humor seen on Broadway and in film and television Klein details his life from ages nine to twenty five as seen through the gauze of time Klein s theme park of memories alternates dark moments with sunlit humor Teenage frustrations prompted a visit to a Harlem prostitute, which filled Klein with shame and triumph and guilt He encountered individual and institutional anti Semitism at Alfred University, yet led the frat house fun, moving on to the Yale School of Drama, Chicago s Second City, New York theater and a variety of romances Along the way, Klein had successes and failures, both in bed and on stage Probing not only his own psyche but also the evolution of sexual s during the 1950s and 60s, he unfurls an array of captivating anecdotes, writing with wry wit and honesty.

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    1. The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue is Robert Klein's memoirs of growing up in the Bronx in the 1950s. Born in 1942, Klein writes affectionately of the basic influences of his youth during the years 1951 to 1966. Each chapter begins with a picture of Klein during the period discussed.His parents were children of immigrant Jews who were "careful, cautious, wary people" and passed on their concerns to Klein and his sister. His bedroom was a Castro convertable ottoman in the living room of their s [...]


    2. This is an odd memoirt what I expected at all. Klein, who is a comic genius and will always stand in the forefront of great stand-up comics of the 70's and 80', has penned an uneven band of memories centered primarily on his sexual escapades from pre-pubescence to his mid-twenties. Apart from a half a dozen classic Klein jokes peppered throughout the book this is not a humorous look back; but then it's not meant to be. Klein looks at his past through a bittersweet and wistful eye beaking out wit [...]


    3. A recent graduate of Alfred University, I must say that I may have been more entertained than most with his several chapters set in the snowy upstate New York town. This is a genuine tale of a time just prior (and into) that decade that recieves so much attention, the sixties. Klein is more than candid, which is really the only prerequisite for me to read an autobiography. His emotion and recollections are vivid and choke full of what was going on societally, physically and emotionally. I enjoye [...]


    4. Mr, Kline has written a wonderful book that take you back to the sweet simpler time of the 50's and through important moments of his life and career. From the hilarious forward by Mr,Kline on deciding what to name the book to time in college and start in comedy, this book has a lot of humorous anecdotes If you are a fan of comedy and comedians this is a book that you might want to check out. If you like memoirs this is a book you might want to check out as well. The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Ave [...]


    5. What if you lived your life as a cliche?No problem, I suppose. Unless you wrote an autobiography and relished in those cliches.Robert Klein tells his story of how as a bright ambitious Jewish kid from the Bronx, he braves the ignorance of various gentile bigots all while becoming an artist. The italian bully. The WASPy frat guy. Even an actual german girlfriend at the end to show that he really doesn't hold a grudge. They're all in this incredibly cliched autobiography.What's not in here, though [...]


    6. I can't remember how I got this book but it was a pleasant read. It covers his life from a child in the Bronx until he had just started to come into his own as a comedian. There were stories from grade school, high school, and college and later. He seemed to talk a lot about his sexual escapades but I guess that's a teenager or young man's very big part of their life. My favorite part of the book was his telling of working the Borscht Belt while in collage. Some really funny characters. I think [...]


    7. Stand-up legend Robert Klein revisits formative life episodes, as responsible for his social conscience as his pokey, judgmental wit. It's a likeable look at his love-hate relationship with all-American rites of passage, including his adventures as a cockeyed cocksman. Die-hards be warned: it's more earnest than funny (despite a winning episode with a squirrel) but a better-late-than-never book-on-tape version is in the offing. Klein's energetic, pointed delivery should do much to animate some o [...]


    8. I was not at all prepared to like this book as much as I did. Klein is funny, charming, and self-deprecating, but most of all, smart.Nostalgic about the 50's/60's/70's in a truthful way, never digressing into maudlin descriptions. Rarely has this time period been presented in this manner in a memoir. Completely enjoyable. I had a little crush on him by the end


    9. Klein strayed from the usual star autobiography here in that he didn't really concentrate on the part of his life where he was a star. This is his youth, his coming of age, right up until the point where he was starting to become successful. So instead of a lot of name-dropping, you get a tale of real life experience, and a good one, even inspiring at times. For fans of comedy and good memoirs.


    10. A little bit too lurid. There are some interesting stories of his early days growing up in New York, but there just aren't enough details of his career. He seems to be determined to share as many sexual escapades as possible. Even Joan Rivers says on the book jacket "I had no idea he was such a sex maniac."


    11. A very amiable memoir. Even those that are not familiar with the performance work of Klein should find this to be a fun read That is if you're willing to page through a series of romantic exploits (physical, emotional, and otherwise). Overall, a witty and thoughtful progression of the actor/comedian's personal history.


    12. Cute book, fun for anyone who lived in the 50's, 60's or likes comedians or coming of age stories. Memorable quote:"I have always been grateful that I lived during the sexual revolution, which, as revolutions go, was much more fun than the French or Bolshevik revolutions."


    13. Astonishingly bad writing for such an accomplished comedian. Participles and bad adjectives and "while" and dangling prepositional phrases all over the place. I *never* notice this kind of thing, but I noticed here. Very disappointed.


    14. At first it was a funny and interesting account of his growing up in the Bronx. Then he turned 16 and the entire rest of the book is disturbingly TMI about his sex life. And then lots of name-dropping as he describes his early career.



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