Professor Karen Taylor
John Lennon Biography Evaluation
In John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth, Elizabeth Partridge tells us about the life of John Lennon as if she were there. She begins by describing the night John was born and gives a lot of details that only family close to John would know. She describes his life in a way that its almost like she was there growing up with him and interviewing him. She doesn't stereotype him as a hippie rock star, she makes him seem almost normal but with a difference to him that was not always visible to people. He kept a lot of feelings bottled up inside of him and he sometimes had an odd way of showing his emotions, Elizabeth Partridge is able to depict that in a very real manner. There are many great photographs throughout the book of John and Liverpool, England and the Beatles that it really helps the reader visualize John’s life. She did stray from John’s life story from time to time to give a little bit of background information on important people that came into John Lennon’s life. Elizabeth includes John’s Aunt Mimi, his childhood best friend Pete, his mother Julia, and then of course the different members of the Beatles. His childhood and teenagers years show how John Lennon struggled with himself and made wrong choices that led to life changing events. Partridge also includes the relationships he had with people. We learn how he got along with his aunt as if she were his mother and how he got along with his mother as if she were his fun aunt. John connected with his friends in brotherly and almost soul mate ways. He experienced love, sorrow, and madness in strong and weird ways. Just when he seemed “normal” , Elizabeth Partridge showed you it wasn’t the case. Lennon went through two major losses, he lost his mother Julia and one of his best friends Stuart Sutcliff, the “5th Beatle”, both times he broke into hysterical laughter. His emotions would manifest in odd ways or very intense ways....
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