There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale

by Sean Astin | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1741145112 Global Overview for this book
Registered by emmafiles of Murrumba Downs, Queensland Australia on 12/28/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by emmafiles from Murrumba Downs, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, December 28, 2004
I expected big things from this book and sometimes it delivered, but mostly it annoyed the hell out of me.

For the record - I loved Lord of The Rings and I thought Astin's performance was wonderful. Samwise touched me and was, as Astin mentions in the book, the character that made me cry.
I also loved The Goonies, Memphis Belle, 50 First Dates and any other number of films he has starred in.

However, the book didn't really grab me. I read the whole thing and loved some of the background stories from LOTR. There were interesting moments that made me laugh, cry and read them aloud to my household - but much of it was whingy and repitive and I just wanted to tell Astin to get over himself.

Reccommended for die-hard LOTR fans or Astin fans. And - you may well enjoy it more than I did :).

Journal Entry 2 by emmafiles from Murrumba Downs, Queensland Australia on Saturday, September 17, 2005
Received this book back from my neighbour and now available for loan to Aussie Bookcrossers.

Journal Entry 3 by emmafiles from Murrumba Downs, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, December 05, 2007
One of the many books available now that I am moving house......


Journal Entry 4 by emmafiles from Murrumba Downs, Queensland Australia on Thursday, December 27, 2007
Book is on the way to an OBCZ somewhere in Australia.

Journal Entry 5 by theadi from Lynbrook, Victoria Australia on Friday, January 04, 2008
Received with gratitude for OBCZ I hope to set up at Wholefoods Restaurant, Monash University Clayton when semester starts in March.

Journal Entry 6 by theadi at Caulfield North, Victoria Australia on Sunday, December 19, 2010
So... this book has been sitting on shelf for over two years... My apologies! My plans for a Monash Uni OBCZ folded some time ago, largely as a result of my graduation and resulting absence from campus.
I'll be setting up a temporary un-OBCZ over New Year's at the Nariel Creek Folk Festival and this book will be amongst those of offer.

Journal Entry 7 by theadi at Nariel Creek Festival Campground in Corryong, Victoria Australia on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (12/26/2010 UTC) at Nariel Creek Festival Campground in Corryong, Victoria Australia

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My camp at the Nariel Creek Folk Festival will contain a temporary BookCrossing Zone.
This will be one in a box of books available for the taking.

Journal Entry 8 by theadi at Caulfield North, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
It seems that this book made it safely back home with me from Nariel and I neglected to journal it. Oops!

This book and I are now definitely parting ways. It has been with me for quite some time, but due to downsizing I'm afraid I have to let it go...

This book will be given away to another bookcrosser in a bag of other books.

Travel safely, little book!

Journal Entry 9 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, April 12, 2014
Found in the Little Library in Melbourne.

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Journal Entry 10 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, September 11, 2015
I have to agree with felicia-fairy's assessment of the book - Sean Astin comes across as a whiny self-important brat for most of it. Also, I'm not sure how much of it he actually wrote himself, and how much was ghost-written (per the "with Joe Layden" byline), but whoever it was, they did a terrible job - the structure is all over the place, and littered with clumsy (or just plain incomprehensible phrasings. Seriously needed a decent editor to knock it into shape.

But yeah, some interesting parts behind the scenes of the filming of Lord of the Rings and other movies, and glimpses into how the Hollywood system works.

I think you'd have to be a seriously die-hard fan to really enjoy it though - the book just put me off Astin completely.

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Journal Entry 11 by wingGhaneschawing at Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand on Friday, November 13, 2015
Auf dem schönen Büchertisch entdeckt. 😆😆😆

Released 4 yrs ago (11/14/2015 UTC) at -- Wild Released somewhere in Auckland in Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand

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keine gute idee wäre , ich würde das buch heute am flughafen freilassen ....

Journal Entry 13 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Just about to start reading this book. Caught in the wild in the small reading lounge if the Ibis Hotel, downtown Auckland City. Will release back in the wild when done.

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