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„Животът й бе толкова тъжен и толкова красив, че изглежда невероятен.” Тези думи на Саша Гитри сякаш описват по най-добрия начин земния път на Едит Пиаф.

За бурните й дни и за феноменалния й успех на сцената разказва нейната полусестра Симон Берто. С цветист език и изключително увлекателно тя ни прави свидетели на кариерата на Пиаф, която започва да пее по улиците на петнад
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1973 (first published 1960)
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Sep 23, 2007 danielle rated it it was amazing
God, but she was a wonderfully crazy person.
Jun 24, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
I found the book in a bookstall somewhere before I even realized who Edith Piaf really was ... and my copy has been lost over the years. But it introduced me to a woman who is, for me, the symbol of France.
Mar 24, 2012 Marksplatter rated it it was amazing
Just like being there alongside M. Piaf. Especially the start on the streets through rough poverty through France in the 20s and 30s, through adventures colored by seedy streets and alcohol, smoky cafe and bistros through all hours of the night with the colorful characters of the cabaret set. Countless love affairs and more tragedies than you can count on hands and feet, balanced out by outrageous fortune and success and a 'dont give a damn' attitude and determination. Edith Piaf is well worth ...more
May 13, 2008 Tricia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of biographies
Recommended to Tricia by: it was given to me on the death of an aunt
I have always loved Edith Piaf's amazing voice. An aunt of mine recently died and I was given Simone Berteaut's biography of Edith from her estate. It is a 1969 hardbook 1st edition and a little dog-eared but from the first page, I was hooked! You would not have to be a fan of Edith's to enjoy this riveting biography, so lovingly and honestly told by Edith's half-sister. I recommend it wholeheartedly to lovers of biographies.
May 03, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it
In the same league like "Lady sings the blues" (read: engrossing, probably embellished tale of artistic life) that appealed a lot to me in my younger days but struck somewhat differently chord today. Berteaut claims to have been Piaf's half-sister (documents tell different story) but no matter who she was, apparently she knew Piaf from earliest days so she does have a tale to tell. Author basically lived parasitic life next to her successful sibling and trough the book constantly paints herself ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This particular biography is written by Simone, Edith Piaf's best friend and half sister. They were very close for most of Edith's life, suffering occasional falling-outs, which never lasted forever.

The book seems a lot longer than it needs to be, mostly because the description of Edith Piaf's love life was so repetitive that it could have been boiled down to one chapter.

Piaf squeezed a lot of living into a very short number of years. She is described as a fiery, passionate person, determined
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Aug 12, 2016 Lucy Lang rated it really liked it
This is a well researched book on the life and times of Piaf, who was a giant in French singing culture and later in her career became internationally known and appreciated. This book follows the turbulent early life of Piaf, who was never able to shake off that sense of insecurity and mental unrest, dating back to her difficult childhood. As a singer, she was very demanding of herself and her entourage, often forcing them to rehearse through the night. Piaf had a Rock & Roll lifestyle many ...more
Nov 24, 2013 Ankica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book without Edith Piaf playlist in background.
She was a fascinating character but his sister was also. I watched the movie immediatly after reading the book and the only thing that suprised me was Simone. It is hilarious.
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Nov 09, 2011 Lucy Risner rated it really liked it
My hairdresser had movie night with me, a physicist, a mild agoraphobic and a massage therapist. We watched the movie about Edith Piaf which really is oe of the most depressing movies ever. But fascinating. Had to read the book.
Aug 29, 2013 Mopo rated it it was amazing
Great story, great life, great woman! I was hooked! You don't have to be a fan of Edith's, you don't even have to know who was she to enjoy the book.
Nov 20, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know the feeling when you're ''eating'' a book? Well that's what happened to me with this book <3
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May 21, 2013 Puck Duimdus rated it it was amazing
What can you say about a book written by the halfsister? They both grew up on the street: you have to have been there to appreciate the lingo and the climbing 'up'.

Damn honest recount. I like it.
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