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The John Lennon Letters
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6 May 2013
Ron Nasty
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We had quite a discussion about the book (and others things) over in the John Lennon. It might interest you, HeyTrud. Some of us had problems with all the mistakes.

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12 November 2013
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I found the inaccuracies (and the occasional careless transcription), mildly annoying but not desperate. It's a shame, though, because the thing is presented very attractively.

It is both illuminating and frustrating - it says a lot and nothing, at the same time. You're not going to learn lots of information you didn't know. On the odd occasion when one of the documents tackles part of The Story head on then either 1) we already know the information, or 2) Lennon dresses it up in obfuscatory code words so that the recipient will understand but we don't. To that extent it is frustrating in that it adds virtually nothing to the substance of The Story.

Where it is interesting is that it gives us a distinct flavour of John Lennon the person, and how he changed (and how he didn't!) over his lifetime. We get to see what mattered to him - a feeling for how Julian appeared to be never far from his thoughts, and wasn't the forgotten child we have come to believe in, for instance. Howe he seemed to be genuinely besotted with Cynthia before and in the early days of his marriage. How he genuinely wished that in later years he still had the close contact with his extended family which he had enjoyed in his childhood. And even the fairly tedious Dakota shopping lists give an idea of what was going through his head in those days.

It's not as important a book as it thinks it is, but it merits its place on a Beatle fan's bookshelves.

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I liked it because it "backs up" many of the speculations/rumors we've read about in other Beatles books like the Fred Seaman book. Seaman mentions all those To Do lists and some of the letters in his book, and now we have them from John Lennon himself. The letters to Paul and John's family are very interesting as are the letters to Cynthia. It is easy to read because it is very well laid out. You can look up a topic like "Christmas Letters", read it, put it down, then go back and read another category of letter later on. There are some "Boo Boos"..but it is fun to find them!

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