Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Dracula by Koren Shadmi - Book Review | Northshire Bookstore

Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Dracula by Koren Shadmi - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781643376615
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Published: Life Drawn - September 28th, 2021

Lugosi was a victim of his own arrogance, selfishness, pride, and need for attention as he was of the whims of Hollywood and society. And in Shadmi’s graphic novel, you see it fangs and all. The highs and lows (lots of lows, most of his own making) of Lugosi's life are done mostly chronologically. The highlights of the past and present are shown in rotation. The past starts as a child with the fights he got into with classmates, and the ones with his father. His middle-class upbringing, his political leanings, and the world of the theater (both in Hungary and the US) come alive. The modern day (a few years before his death) we see Lugosi in hospitals trying to kick his addictions. The good, the bad, and the batty are given to the reader easily, without bogging down with too much information, but allowing you to see what happened to a man that was a legend in his own mind, in his own time, and as immortal as his most famous character. The story of Lugosi is a story of history, politics, society, stage, and film. It is a glimpse into the beauty and ugly of Hollywood. And it shows and tells how a man became a monster for eternity. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette