Niagara Falls All Over Again

Niagara Falls All Over Again

Large Print - 2001
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Born into a Jewish family in small-town Iowa, the only boy among six sisters, Mose Sharp couldn't leave home soon enough. By sixteen Mose had already joined the vaudeville circuit. But he knew one thing from the start: he needed a partner. Then, an ebullient, self-destructive comedian named Rocky Carter came crashing into his life- and a thirty-year partnership was born. But as the comedy team of Carter and Sharp thrived from the vaudeville backwaters to Broadway to Hollywood, a funny thing happened amid the laughter: It was Mose who had all the best lines offstage. Rocky would go through money, women, and wives in his restless search for love; Mose would settle down to a family life marked by fragile joy and wrenching tragedy. And soon, cracks were appearing in their complex relationship... until one unforgivable act leads to another and a partnership begins to unravel.
Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 2001
ISBN: 9781587241550
Characteristics: 490 p. ; 24 cm


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thart Oct 19, 2011

Read for book club (6/2011). From the point of view of "the straight man" (not referring to sexuality) Mose Sharp (follows the pair of Carter Sharp) from small stages to Hollywood films and television. The novel shows how both men approach relationships and fame differently. This book lead to a lot of fun discussion of other duos like this in real life and it was interesting as a younger member of the book group to hear from people who remembered the Vaudeville days first hand and could relate to the changes in culture that are traced throughout the book via this pair of men. The book was well-written with fully realized characters that gave you the flavor of each era they lived through, showing both their positive attributes and their flaws.


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