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  • A thrilling book!

    I have been a fan of Jacke Chan's for years, I have seen most of his movies - even the old Hong Kong ones, and one in Cantonese with Mandarin subtitles! -, and I couldn't wait to read this book. And I am thrilled! NEVER GROW UP is exactly what I was hoping for. Mr Chan tells his life story, mostly in chronological order meandering here and there when a loosely connected anecdote pops up. I like that the book focuses on the artist's career more than on his personal life; it's what I wanted. I was interested in knowing about his stunts, his outlook on making pictures, and the fabulous Chinese stars he worked with. It's fascinating that he is now known as Jackie Chan and Sheng Lung, but even more extraordinary are the sections of the book dealing with his name(s). For a Westerner, it's mindboggling! And so very entertaining! The translation is absolutely brilliant: there is not a single hiccup and I could easily imagine hearing Mr Chan's voice and accent; what a delight! I felt as if I had the privilege and honour to have listen one of my all-time favourite artists tell me about his life, the man I consider the most talented and creative martial artist ever. And a man of artistic integrity. Jackie Chan, for all his innumerable and outstanding achievements, is not a perfect man. He was not a model husband or father, he made many mistakes, but he did learn from them. He remains brutally honest and acknowledges his shortcomings and occasional bad behaviour. He does gloss over some of personal aspects of his life - but I guess nothing got seriously out of control since his career wasn't derailed by any of it - I wasn't reading this book for the gossip anyway. Mr Chan's childhood is fascinating and somewhat peculiar; I would go as far as to say that the book is worth reading if only for those chapters, and I was stunned by some of his revelations. He's a study in contrasts: humble yet cocky; generous and selfish, sometimes dictatorial, but always interesting. He earned a staggering amount of money, but he helps others, and sees that China's national treasures aren't violated. I loved Zhu Mo's Behind the Scenes anecdotes; it's not clear if she was a co-writer as well. And there are around 50 pages of black and white and colour pictures! "It's just rolling, action, jump, cut, hospital!"

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  • Jackie takes us behind the curtain.

    Jackie takes behind the curtain past his action star fame to see his humble beginning and miss steps along the way. I really enjoyed the writing style and pacing of this! A must for and Jackie Chan fan!

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