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Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen Hawking

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Jane Hawking, divorced wife of the 20th Century's most brilliant astrophysicist and mother of his three children, has written an extraordinary memoir that relates the story of a marriage born of optimism, despite Stephen's motor neuron disease, and ending with collapse, provoked by his love affair with a nurse.The author tells of the difficulties of dealing with Stephen's ...more
Hardcover, 610 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Trans-Atlantic Publications (first published 1999)
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Jemiah Jefferson
Sep 02, 2014 Jemiah Jefferson rated it liked it
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Compelling and unforgettable, if not exactly enjoyable or fun reading, Jane Hawking provides a richly detailed personal memoir of her own life, starring not herself in the leading role, but rather her then-husband, the world-famous scientist Stephen Hawking. It is a horror tale in the truest sense - not only in discussing the brutality of ALS, or motor neurone disease, and its ravages on Stephen Hawkings's body, but the staggering and shocking em
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Vgathright
Nov 01, 2016 Vgathright rated it really liked it
After I watched the movie, I was anxious to read the book. Jane does not disappoint in filling in all the details in an honest, forthright way. Her description of the difficulties of being a caregiver and the exhaustion of taking care of someone with a disability was almost hard for me to read, yet also cathartic, as it helped me process my early marriage when I was often incapacitated with my spouse caring for me.

The biggest thing that made me uncomfortable was only having Jane's view. She seem
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Vasanth Gurushankar
Mar 04, 2015 Vasanth Gurushankar rated it really liked it
A classic other side of coin story. It's a common knowledge that the people around celebrity bask in limelight and they will enjoy that only if they consider this as an unexpected shower of good fortune graced on them. What if they were hovering in between fame and anonymity? Well, if you read this book..you will certainly be moved. No bias or prejudice...just the facts. This can't be held against Hawkings coz we have at least one more case where a wife felt her husband was not giving her the ...more
Elena Pochia
Apr 16, 2015 Elena Pochia rated it really liked it
Just finnished reading the book and i have so many thoughts unclear in my head. First of all, i had no expectations when i start reading this book, i only wanted to know the story from a different perspective (i saw the movie "the theory of everything"). I'm totally convinced that Jane was/is for their family as great as Stephen is for mathematics and physics. None of his important work and science descoveries had been possible without her sacrifice and dedication to take care of him. Living ...more
Novation
Feb 19, 2015 Novation rated it really liked it
I actually read "Traveling to Infinity, my life with Stephen", which is an updated version of Jane Hawking's memoir. Stephen Hawking may be a genius, but Jane is a saint. It is unimaginable to me how she kept going forward with everything and all that depended on her. I think she paid dearly for putting herself behind all others but, in the end, she did not lose self. The book is a testament to friendship and how, ultimately, our lives depend on our friends.
Jamie Collins
Stephen Hawking's life and character from the perspective of his slightly bitter ex-wife. An interesting account of a woman acting as caregiver to a brilliant but increasingly disabled husband while raising three children and struggling with the politics of academia. It's not the most flattering account of Stephen Hawking, as you would expect, but it didn't seem to be outrageously slanderous.
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