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John: Cynthia Lennon
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God, Kids of Divorce/absentee parent(s), are so unlucky.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Cynthia does seem to believe that Yoko was a sinister influence, her memory of how John initially saw her as an eccentric weirdo but then suddenly takes up with her suggests that she felt that Yoko had a kind of cult-figure influence on John. In her account his behavior takes a turn for the worse after he begins to accept Yoko and spend time with her. Her presence is described as an almost occult intrusion between John and his family (and the band). The resulting void that opens between John on one hand, and Cynthia and Julian on the other is described in a way that sounds quite sad. Cynthia relates her dismay about her perception that John's promotion of the Love theme in the music didn't seem to apply to his first born son, who may have been neglected by his father if she's to be believed.

I felt that she also raised the subject of John's possessive nature and brought it into the light in a way that changed my view of him a bit. She suggests that he was a bit harsh with girlfriends whom he perceived to display any interest in other men (whether real or imagined interest). I realized after reading of his apparent tendency to be oversensitive to heartache that the behavior Cynthia recollects is in accord with many of the sentiments expressed in some earlier Beatle songs I remember (No Reply, Run For Your Life, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away…) Funny that John later expressed some regret about being "just a jealous guy" in the song to Yoko.

On the other hand Cynthia describes Paul as a comforting and sympathetic presence during the period of their split. This seemed to contradict the history of Paul's own casual attachments to women I've recently read about (caught in bed with someone else by his girlfriend Jane Asher etc.).

I liked the book, but also found it a bit disconcerting. I suppose it's important to bear in mind that great artists are only human, and also remember that writers generally write with a personal bias. I'm afraid I tend to see Yoko and her influence as Cynthia did, and like many fans, wonder why John chose to attach himself to her.

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I remember in that book poor Cynthia thought that John wrote "All My Loving" and this was for her, showing his gentle side. I think it's possible John may have helped Paul with some words and melody, but that song is such a strong Paul song it unlikely that Lennon had much to do with it.

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mojo filter said

Cynthia does seem to believe that Yoko was a sinister influence, her memory of how John initially saw her as an eccentric weirdo but then suddenly takes up with her suggests that she felt that Yoko had a kind of cult-figure influence on John. In her account his behavior takes a turn for the worse after he begins to accept Yoko and spend time with her. Her presence is described as an almost occult intrusion between John and his family (and the band). The resulting void that opens between John on one hand, and Cynthia and Julian on the other is described in a way that sounds quite sad. Cynthia relates her dismay about her perception that John's promotion of the Love theme in the music didn't seem to apply to his first born son, who may have been neglected by his father if she's to be believed.

I felt that she also raised the subject of John's possessive nature and brought it into the light in a way that changed my view of him a bit. She suggests that he was a bit harsh with girlfriends whom he perceived to display any interest in other men (whether real or imagined interest). I realized after reading of his apparent tendency to be oversensitive to heartache that the behavior Cynthia recollects is in accord with many of the sentiments expressed in some earlier Beatle songs I remember (No Reply, Run For Your Life, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away…) Funny that John later expressed some regret about being "just a jealous guy" in the song to Yoko.

On the other hand Cynthia describes Paul as a comforting and sympathetic presence during the period of their split. This seemed to contradict the history of Paul's own casual attachments to women I've recently read about (caught in bed with someone else by his girlfriend Jane Asher etc.).

I liked the book, but also found it a bit disconcerting. I suppose it's important to bear in mind that great artists are only human, and also remember that writers generally write with a personal bias. I'm afraid I tend to see Yoko and her influence as Cynthia did, and like many fans, wonder why John chose to attach himself to her.

This alone has made me decide to get this book. Insightful post. Thanks for sharing!

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It is a great book. I really don't see how it is dissing Yoko, can you deny anything she said in that book was untrue? How would you feel in the situation like that?

 

deboraht said
I remember in that book poor Cynthia thought that John wrote "
All My Loving" and this was for her, showing his gentle side. I think it's possible John may have helped Paul with some words and melody, but that song is such a strong Paul song it unlikely that Lennon had much to do with it.

 

I think she meant about "In my life" which is kind of true.

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
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