This is a unique sort of autobiography -- not a complete story of a life of contradictions, but a slice out of that life, and an intimate glimpse behind the scenes in American hotels -- as seen by Bemelmans, -- bus boy, waiter, assistant to the manager of the banquet hall, etc. First a brief sketch of a Tyrolean background, a childhood in Bavaria, failure in successive schools -- and the chance to go to America. Then -- life backstage, and sidelights on hotel patrons, done with tongue in cheek and the eye of an observer who sees below the surface. There is too a close-up of the administration and the forces that ciled the works. A mad world -- but Bemelmans, though never quite at one with it, knew it intimately -- and conveys it in unforgettable pictures and subtle humor. I loved it. Remember his My War With The United States? This has the same quality of poking fun at himself.