Seducing Ingrid Bergman
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Seducing Ingrid Bergman

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The beautiful Casablanca star, the world's greatest war photographer, and the secret love affair that would change their lives forever . . . in Chris Greenhalgh's Seducing Ingrid Bergman

June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 25th 2012)
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Michael Jenkins
The only thing seducing about this book was the gift to put me to sleep! The writing style was horrific,forgettable characters and undefined plot. I really need to trust my instincts more,just a laughable book all around.

I ordered this book in anticipation of a great read ...the title is so seductive...what a disappointment ...mediocre writing overwrought with cliches and ponderous affected phrasing ...reading it was like making ones way through a wordy jungle with a machete ...where were the editors? I finally had to put it down...if anything it made think that if this can get published, then I better start writing.
Absolute crap. Completely wooden characters. The story itself isn't terrible, but the writing is horrendous.
A wonderful winter distraction read.... Loved the romance and sensuality of the Bergman in this author's words. I loved a jaunt through dazzling and inspiring Paris at Liberation. It felt like a movie, especially with the Hitchcock angles and references. The characters were compelling, althought I didn't know anything about Capa and Bergman's affair I now want to read more about her life and loves. Such a dramatic psychological downspin in the second half when their affair is falling apart... De...more
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I did not realize when I entered the giveaway for this book that this was actually a novel. It wasn't until I opened the book and the first page was written in first person that I realized it was a novel. (Goes to show you how much attention I paid to the cover although in my defense is it possible to see much on the cover beyond Ingrid's stunning face?) So I feel as though my initial expectations of the book before I started reading...more
Shaz Goodwin
The story opens with Robert Capa taking photographs while parachuting with the paratroopers from the 17th Airbourne Division. It’s a March day in 1945. This is my favourite part of the book. It’s full of action and very descriptive.

Next, we’re with Ingrid at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on the night she wins an Academy Award. Husband Petter does not appear to be happy and they leave after midnight at Petter’s request … before dessert and the dancing begins. Ingrid should be feeling euphoric but she...more
I started into this book looking for the sensual texture and melodious rhythm of Coco and Igor, and found it lacking, despite incidental joys like this:
Back in my own room a half an hour later, I lie awake staring at the ceiling. The bed is cool and empty. The bleaching sweep of car headlights generates sly angles across the walls
I feel myself fall into a long nothingness. A steep sorrow. Sleep.

Mr. Greenhalgh's visual metaphor and alliterative, perfectly metered sentences still make me...more
Pj Bloomfield
This was a book that I picked up from the shelf in the hotel when I was on holiday so I felt no real obligation to enjoy it or invest much time in it, which is presumably why something so light took me a fortnight to read.

But that said, it was thoroughly enjoyable. The characters were well drawn, I didn't know anything about Ingrid Bergman or her affair. I didn't look to see whether it was a true story until the end, mostly because I was enjoying the ride and didn't want to be influenced either...more
Michael Barone
A big thanks to Chris Greenhalgh and Co. for sending this FirstReads copy my way. From a film buff's POV, this was certainly a welcome addition to golden age Hollywood lore, and I'd be delighted to find out it was more truth than conjecture. Even so, this one reads like a movie and I'm not surprised it'll be adapted in short order. Romance may not be my genre of choice, but this one was one for the ages and if it could manage to squeeze some feeling from this cynical stone cold bastard, then it...more
Lush evocative little known tale of an old Hollywood star's romance with a war photographer. At least it was little known to me! Worth it if you like Ingrid Bergman, WWII, Paris, affairs, and a unique style (Capa is in first person, Ingrid is in third).
Olga Nikolaeva
Veru touchy! Romantic, sometimes a bit too much, but this is the author's right to see the real story his way. I liked the way Greenhalgh presented Ingrid. I always thought her stunning and it seems to me the author felt the same. The different feeling I had about his way of portraying Capa. Being familiar with Capa's works I had a different image of him. It seems for me that the author needed to explain why would Ingrid love such man. I assume the problem here is in 1th person writing when it c...more
I received this book through the First Read giveaway. I just could not get into the book.
Jude Brigley

I enjoyed the novel because I have always been intrigued by Bergman's affair with Capa. By having Capa narrate his own story and having Bergman's story told in third person, Capa comes out as the more interesting character. From all the accounts of Bergman's life, she seems more complex than this version. I realise that this is a novel but it is interesting to look at the psyche of talented women who allow themselves to be dominated by others. Nonetheless as a novel and as a 'version' of their...more
Lovely prose, but I wanted more substance.
While I enjoyed this and read it over a couple of nights I did speed read quite a few chunks, I wasn't ever convinced by the writing that this was a truly unforgettable love affair although the ending was very poignant. The backdrop of Paris just after the end of WW2 was interesting and the filming sequences/Hitchcock references were probably the best sections of the book.
Wonderfully descriptive writing, but perhaps too detailed. After a while, I longed for the characters to notice less! I didn't know anything about ingrid or capa, and this book acted as a great introduction. Moving, interesting, but a little overwrought & with some terrible descriptions of sex. Wet mouth?! Oh dear.
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads first reads. I found this book an enjoyable read. It felt as though I was looking into a small slice of time gone by, illustrated by the lives of two people famous during that time.
A great book...worth the time and money.
Nose in a book (Kate)
Started clumsily but got much much better, so that I really caught up by it in the end.

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Lucy Wood
The begining of the book was a little confusing, however, after after the first chapter I was eagerly racing trough. A very beautiful story :)
So beautifully written. I love old Hollywood and yet it made me sad to imagine Ingrid in love and unhappy. Review to come.
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