Sunday, February 2, 2014

Coreyography A Memoir by Corey Feldman

One of a group of bright and talented young actors who broke out in the eighties and hit it big with Gremlins, Goonies and Stand by Me to name but a few of his hits, Feldman had a life that should have been burnished with gold but instead ended up in a drug fuelled hell.
A child actor, engaging and charismatic on screen, life off screen was dysfunctional as it could possibly be, neither parent was capable for any number of reasons of parenting with love or affection, basics to nurture a young life simply didn't register as being warranted, other priorities ranked higher.
Nevertheless against all these obstacles Feldman built a very successful career, a big bank balance, some great friendships and a life that would be the envy of many but the lack of nurturing and the lack of a solid base made for an instability that opened the door to drink, drugs and nefarious influences on an immature soul and everything fell apart spectacularly.
A very readable book with out self pity and the blame attitude that weaves it's way through so many of this genre, Feldman focuses on those areas that most deserve to be held accountable and he doesn't describe himself as Einstein where he chose to act as anything but.
In particular he talks about the child molestation of which he and many others were subjected to and initially thought was a by product of the social group they found themselves in, it was wrong but hey... The effects we're devastating on all but especially on Feldman and his great friend Corey Haim. Sadly Feldman isn't able to stop it happening, it would be a reality for any number today but he is speaking out.
In one of the best pieces on Michael Jackson, that I have read, Feldman talks about his friendship with Jackson and it's demise, pointing very clearly to the paranoia that became a part of Jackson's persona and how Jackson could cast off friendships when for whatever reason he felt wronged.
Feldman honours the memory of the late Corey Haim, who couldn't quite navigate the rehabilitation etc needed to live a healthy life, there were a number of others and of course there continues to be.
Its openness, honesty and penetrating look at Feldman's life with out the whitewash attempt that have marred others make this one of the better books of its type as does Feldman's ability to forgive those who without doubt have wronged him, his is an example of how you can turn things around and make your life count.

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