** Funny Girl by Nick Hornsby


I was expecting Funny Girl to be, well, hilarious, and I found it entertaining, amusing in parts, but not that funny, and nowhere as successful as Juliet, Naked. The 1960s ingenue starts out as way too naive, it seems, and gets wise way too fast. And while her adventures with her full-of-himself costar and the warring script writers are charming, they run a bit thin — until a masterful epilogue, starring the same cast, decades later and having lived through very different levels of fame. That last chapter is worth pushing through to the end.

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