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I, Fatty: 09/21/06
I majored in film studies and while I was doing my studies, the silent era was one of my favorite subjects. When, I, Fatty, a novelization of Roscoe Arbuckle's life was offered at a recent BookCrossing meeting I had to snatch up this book. I wasn't sure if I'd like the book, feeling that the teens and twenties might not be depicted in a believable fashion or that the story would be too bogged down with facts and dates to be interesting. The book doesn't suffer from either problem.
The facts are certainly simplified and there are some errors and omissions (like Arbuckle's nephew who was also an actor isn't mentioned). Another noticeable error is the mistyping of "Keystone Kops" as they were known then as "Keystone cops." The spelling with a K is a more recent thing. As this book is a work of fiction, I forgive it these errors as they in no way take away from the enjoyment of the story.
Here is my BookCrossing review: