I watched the movie before I read the book. The movie is good, but it doesn't do justice to the real message behind the book. In the movie, I see an interesting story with interesting characters. But in the book, I see two great men: Bertie (the future King George VI) and Lionel Logue. According to Logue, "I have never known a patient so patient and regular. He never missed a single appointment, and he told me he was ready to do anything if he could be cured." If anything, it was the King's own tenacity and perseverance that cured his stammering.
The book also gives testimony to the King’s growth of self-assurance and confidence. As Time noted, "Two years ago he took on his job at a few hours' notice, having expected to play a quiet younger brother role to brother Edward all his life." Despite the huge responsibility thrust upon his shoulders so unexpectedly, the King nevertheless overcame it and developed into a good monarch with his quiet determination and sheer willpower.
Logue was an admirable person too. He understood his role as a professional treating a patient, so despite the press hounding him for information, he refused to respond, thus preserving the future King's embarrassing secret. He could have revealed it all and made a name for himself, but he didn't. Such was his ethical conduct.
The two men's friendship is also a central point of the book. It turns out that ever since the King (then still Duke of York) became Logue's patient, Logue sent him a book as birthday present every year until the King died. Even after Bertie had become King, he would reply with a thank-you letter written in his own hand.
But there is a problem with the book. It actually doesn't describe Logue's method with the Duke in any detail. In the book, Logue was just said to have diagnosed the Duke's problem as one that was purely physical not mental (something to do with the diaphragm), but that's about it. There's no mention of Logue's methods at all. The movie does a better job in this, but I wonder how much of that is based on fact, and how much on pure speculation?...Continua
With the right helping hand and a steady determination everything is possible.
Surely slower than the movie, this book gives a good depiction of the life and relationship of two great men Lionel Logue and King George VI. Good, not great or detailed as I would have loved to, but the work of Mark Logue and his effort should be nonetheless appreciated....Continua
The subtitle might overste the case a bit, but no one should doubt the importance of Lionel Logue's role in the reign of King George VI. This account is very workmanlike; the writing has no sparkle, but the author sets forth the story of his grandfather's relationship with the King. This reviewer read the book after seeing the film, and recommends this course to anyone interested--the book made more sense after the film viewing. Worth reading for a unique story of the very human problems of a seemingly exalted person, and how a man-to-man friendship made all the difference during a terrible time....Continua