Gene Wilder’s memoir recounts his journey to self-enlightenment and peace of mind with wit and honesty. Gene’s formative years in a Midwestern family are dominated by his mother’s illness, typical adolescent yearnings and insecurities, emerging comedic talents, and a desire to study and create. The intrusion of a personal “demon” demanding perfection and obedience becomes an enormous emotional burden and casts a shadow that follows him for years. The road to success in theatre, film and relationships with women is rocky and often painful. It is achieved with hard work, sharp creative intuition, helpful psychoanalysis and finally, real, lasting love. Most interesting are his relationships with notable people like Mel Brooks and Gilda Radner.
While certain memories are not particularly unique or dramatic, others fill the reader with compassion. We do get to know Gene Wilder, respect his efforts and reflections, and find comfort in the universality of human experience. Index.