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  • Slightly Out of Focus

  • 著者: Robert Capa
  • ナレーター: Paul Boehmer
  • 再生時間: 5 時間 21 分
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あらすじ・解説

In 1942, a dashing young man who liked nothing so much as a heated game of poker, a good bottle of scotch, and the company of a pretty girl hopped a merchant ship to England. He was Robert Capa, the brilliant and daring photojournalist, and Collier's magazine had put him on assignment to photograph the war raging in Europe. In this book, Capa recounts his terrifying journey through the darkest battles of World War II and shares his memories of the men and women of the Allied forces who befriended, amused, and captivated him along the way. His photographs are masterpieces - John G. Morris, Magnum Photos' first executive editor, called Capa "the century's greatest battlefield photographer" - and his writing is by turns riotously funny and deeply moving.

From Sicily to London, Normandy to Algiers, Capa experienced some of the most trying conditions imaginable, yet his compassion and wit shine throughout this book. Charming and profound, Slightly Out of Focus is a marvelous memoir told by an extraordinary man.

©1999 Cornell Capa (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dave T.
  • 2020/08/15

Sure sounded like a novel!

It’s almost hard to believe this story is true. I mean I know of Robert Capa by his reputation, but after reading the books by war photographers like Don McCullin (who should be dead) or Chris Hondros (who did give his life for his craft), this reads more like a travelogue than Capa’s work during a world war.

Maybe it’s the idea that at least the Germans fought by the “rules,” versus today’s soldiers of ideology rather than for a country.

But I guess the idea that chasing women, getting VIP treatment by hoodwinking the British navy or that his next great adventure isn’t about whether he survives or gets that amazing history-making photograph - it’s about where he’ll might score another free bottle of scotch.

I will gladly give Capra the benefit of the doubt that maybe these stories got more colorful over over the 75 years since they took place, or that there was maybe a more convivial and protective relationship between (most) allied soldiers and the photographers that shadowed him.

Whatever the case - it’s a fun read. And spoiler alert: We win!! :)

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/12/20

Fantastic read / listen

This story captures a lesser known aspect of World War II. The men who shot, not with rifles but with cameras. Highly recommended and artfully told

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • images4
  • 2020/12/29

It tells a story of mastery in opportunity taking

Clearly the choices were stark and it was often a choice of the least worst thing. However there is a zest for life and adventure and something else is in play. A big character who stood up and embraced the history of his time.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • wolverine
  • 2020/07/25

Superficial and dissapointing

After listening to the amazing ‘It’s what I do’ by Lindsey Addario and Don McCullin’s ‘Unreasonable
Behaviour’ I felt really let down by this book.

So much of it seems to focus on clever things he did and said, rather than on the situations he was in and the images he took. I don’t feel he comes across well. It feels shallow and trite and seems to lack empathy or much in the way of interest in anything other than himself and his love life.

The account of his landing on Omaha beach is pretty amazing, and probably makes it worth wading through the rest of it for, but having seen his photographs and read a little about his life, this was a real disappointment and not even in the same league as the two books I mentioned earlier.

I must also say I really struggled with the narration. I just don’t feel it fitted the narrative at all, and made the already ‘slick’ parts of dialogue seem even more so. This may have contributed to my feeling that the book was a little shallow and I found it hard to separate the two things.

I wanted to love this book, but I really didn’t at all.