“To Read, or Not to Read…”


“NOT to read.”**

When I first heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger had written an autobiography I thought, “That might be… interesting.” After all, I was always a big fan of The Terminator movies and several of his others. He was even a bit of a hero to my weight training friends and me back in the 80’s. Then I saw him interviewed recently on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Of course, this book is of interest to the general public because of the ‘scandal’ of his divorce from Maria Shriver and the revelation that he had fathered a child with their live-in housekeeper. I guess a book like this should sell itself, but still I wondered though why he wrote it. Surely not for the money, he must have more than enough. Could it be ’damage control’ recommended by his publicity people? Could it be his ego – his just wanting to tell “his side” of the story? I don’t know. I know that, after watching him wither pathetically under the tough questions from 60 minutes, I felt mostly pity for him.

Has anyone out there read this? Should I give it a try anyway? (There aren’t many ratings yet on Goodreads, and the average is pretty low)

**It’s been almost twenty years ago since Arnold’s movie “The Last Action Hero” famously bombed at the box office, I will always remember, though, the hilarious spoof of a movie trailer for “Hamlet” featuring his character. “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark… And Hamlet’s takin’ out the trash.” It ends with a very abbreviated version of Hamlet’s well-known soliloquoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVc5TaPpe8


  1. Dale said,

    October 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Not really interested in reading this either. Neil Young has a new autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, that might be interesting. What about J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy? To read or not to read? I’ll probably read it eventually.


    • Jay said,

      October 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Hi Dale,
      I enjoy a good “rock” biography. I think Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart have a book out- or coming out – soon too. That would make interesting reading, I think. Don’t know if I’ll try the Neil Young one, though.

      I’ll probably hold off on the new Rowling book. If all my fellow bloggers end up raving about it, I’ll probably try it. Not something I’d pick only own though.

      Maybe I could make TRoNTR a new feature, looking atseveralnew releases and pickng just one…



      • Dale said,

        October 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Interesting. I happened to see in USAToday yesterday an article on recent rock bios. Heart, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Jonathan Taylor (Duran Duran?), Pete Townsend were all mentioned.


        • Jay said,

          October 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          I searched earlier for the Townsend bio on Goodreads, but for some reason it didn’t find it. THAT would be the one I’d most like to read…


  2. Nancy said,

    October 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I have conflicting emotions about reading this one myself, even The Casual Vacancy, and even Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t trust media hype. But there is such thing as reader’s instinct, right?


    • Jay said,

      October 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Right! Since I started “book blogging” I’ve Also learned that sometimes adopting a wait and see (what other bloggers think of it) policy is the best approach. 🙂


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