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9781439191101

Last Words

  • ISBN 13:

    9781439191101

  • ISBN 10:

    1439191107

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/02/2010
  • Publisher: Free Press

Note: Not guaranteed to come with supplemental materials (access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.)

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Summary

As one of America’s preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acerbic humor with never before told stories from his own life.

Carlin’s early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor sharp honesty that made Carlin one of the best-loved comedians in American history.

"what Last Words ultimately reveals is how Carlin became a political protester, slam poet, cynic, polemicist and performance artist whose messages were delivered under the veneer of humor."-Washington Post

"The book is at turns biting and touching, and often both, which is what you would expect from a man for whom the sacred was profane and the profane, sacred."-Entertainment Weekly

"frank and insightful"-Time magazine

"This is not a collection of setups and punch lines, but a candid, fearless accounting of his life and art Last Words shows a comic master at the height of his storytelling powers and with no limit to what he had left to say."-L.A. Times

"For comedy fans, this book is vital. It's easily worth its weight in gold for the biting observations on showbiz and its personalities."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Last Words sounds as if he is still with us, rested and ready to ridicule the latest cultural hypocrisies."-The Washington Times

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