Harpo Speaks!

Harpo Speaks!

Book - 1985
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(Limelight). "This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal "A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber." New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Limelight Editions, 1985, c1961
ISBN: 9780879100360
Characteristics: 482 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Barber, Rowland


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Jan 25, 2020

If all you know about Harpo Marx is from what you've seen in this movies this will show you a whole other side of him that you know nothing about. This is a fantastic book written by a lovely man. If you are at all a Marx Brothers fan it's a must-read.

Jul 31, 2019

Harpo Speaks! Typos Speak, too, on the Hoopla e-version. I've never seen so many typos. They abound in virtually every paragraph, a mixture of poor typing and auto correct. Often have to stop and try to think of the correct word they were going for, and sometimes can't make sense of it.

Started with the paper copy, and was really enjoying it, but another library patron put the item on hold, so I'm finishing up with the e-version. Really worth reading, but the e-version can be a challenge. Harpo was born in 1888 and died in 1964, so his way of writing and phrasing can be unfamiliar and antiquated to modern readers. Not a problem at all. It's very clear, and his story is hilarious, charming, amazing, and thought provoking. But add a ton of nonsensical typos, and many readers will give up after a brief struggle. This e-version is extremely careless and disrespectful to this amazing artist. Find a paper copy if you can.

Oct 03, 2018

Harpo accomplishes the seemingly impossible: HE MANAGES TO MAKE CHICO LOVABLE! For the record, Chico is pronounced "Chick-o' not 'Cheek-o', as its original spelling WAS 'Chicko' for "chasing the chicks". The story of how the Five (Yelp! There were five) Marx brothers got their stage names, along with Harpo`s 1930 tour into Stalin's Russia, playing piano in a Wharf-side whore house when he was barely fourteen , his NEARLY 'first time' when he was twelve, and the origin of the infamous 'Gookie' that NOBODY but Harpo (and poor old cigar roller Gookie) has ever seemed to master, are just a taste of this marvelous, scandalously hilarious, no-holds-bar autobiography. Any guy who can get a 'vigor-free', no-time-limit-to-paying-back $10,000 loan IN CASH (the equivalent of $250,000 today) from a deadly crime boss using only a piece of burnt cork to play a game of 'Pinchie-Winchie' is well worth your time ( if for no other reason than an unbiased look inside the real Soviet Union -and to learn the game of 'Pinchie-Winchie' in case the next party starts to drag (and you have someone you'ld like to lay payback on. Just be sure to have a clear path to the nearest escape route!) As always, ENJOY!


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