Shattered Love: A Memoir
By Richard Chamberlain
Philosophy or philosophical discussions isn’t something that I willingly seek out. I hated philosophy in college and my opinion hadn’t changed. This also extends to anyone’s personal philosophy.
I enjoy medical history and I enjoy cozy mysteries so reading this book was a stretch for me and one I ended up enjoying.
Richard takes us through his life from growing up on the “wrong side of the tracks” in Hollywood to him living in Hawaii for many years. As we go through his life, he explains his acting philosophy interspersed with his own persona philosophy and how through the many years of therapy and spiritual journeys, he was able to reconcile himself the actor to himself the person.
Because I also grew up with an alcoholic father, so I could totally identify with that portion of the book and having to understand myself and my place in the world.
This is not a book for everyone. If you are looking for more of a discussion of his acting, you won’t necessarily be disappointed, but understand that this isn’t the focus of the book.
I’m not sure this is a book that I would want to read again, but I can honestly say that I was happy to have read it.