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Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin

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2004 biography by David Evanier

Like Michael Starr's Bobby Darin, Evanier's sturdy bio quickly notes how the specter of early death spurred Bobby Darin to early fame. When, at 13, Darin overheard his doctor giving him about three more years to live (rheumatic fever had weakened his … see full wiki

Author: David Evanier
Genre: Biographies
Publisher: Rodale Books
Date Published: October 21, 2004
1 review about Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin

Portrait of an Enigma

  • Sep 29, 2009
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I cannot imagine what it must be like to learn when you are very young that you are not expected to live beyond the age of 30.  This was the reality of Bobby Darin's life.  And it was this knowledge that drove him all of his adult life.  Bobby Darin wanted it all.  And for a time, one way or another, whatever Bobby wanted, Bobby got.  "Roman Candle:  The Life of Bobby Darin" is the biography of a talented performer and a tortured soul.  He was a man full of contradictions.  Aside from his grave medical problems, which he kept largely to himself, Bobby Darin was also constantly at odds with his family.  I think it would be fair to say that for most of his adult life Bobby's private life was a mess.

But happily, author David Evanier spends equal amounts of time focusing on Bobby Darin--legendary performer.  Darin really was the last of a breed of all around entertainers.  He was an accomplished musician and songwriter, a highly regarded actor and of course, a legendary singer and nightclub performer.  But it seems it simply was not in his nature to stop and smell the roses.  He was ever restless and always looking to explore new horizons.  As a result, many of his fans and friends in show business would turn away from him.  It was really quite sad.  There was so much that I did not know about Bobby Darin. "Roman Candle:  The Life of Bobby Darin" certainly helped to fill that void in a very entertaining way.  Recommended.
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