3.5, I wish we could do half stars here? I always thought Julia Child was an odd duck, it turns out she’s a real character with a lot of gumption. As3.5, I wish we could do half stars here? I always thought Julia Child was an odd duck, it turns out she’s a real character with a lot of gumption. As I mentioned before, I loved the first half of the book, discovering France and all of it’s delicacies through the perspective of the Child’s was a real joy. However, my interest started to wan and dip as the book progressed, and it actually took me awhile to commit to finally finishing it. Overall, it was a good read, and you don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy it. Side note* I found Julia’s personal stories and memories from her marriage to Paul Child, very tender and inspiring. I’m also visiting Paris for the first time his summer, I can only hope I fall just as naturally into it as she did! Toujours bon appétit! ...more
I personally found this Sartre/Beauvoir relationship exhausting. Tumultuous indeed! I do believe it brings into question the subject of freedom and thI personally found this Sartre/Beauvoir relationship exhausting. Tumultuous indeed! I do believe it brings into question the subject of freedom and the evolving nature of a long term relationship, not just romantic but platonic as well. Which is pretty relevant now that more people are choosing alternative lifestyles or at least openly acknowledging their choices? To each their own, I say, whatever makes you happy! That old cliché, right?
I did find myself, questioning their actions, motives, manipulative behavior, and the patronizing way they treated their young lovers. It was all very exhausting, like a living through an unhealthy relationship. I found Sartre cold and greedy. Beauvoir, despite her words and work, looked to me more like a passive cuckolded spouse who made the best of what she was offered. I felt frustrations and compassion for them all, since many lose themselves on quest for ultimate freedom/individualism. Also it must be very easy to drink from the kool-aid and go back for more.
As I mentioned before, this was my second attempt at reading this book. It was much easier for me to get into it the second time around, perhaps it was assisted with the time of year? My read in theme with Valentine’s? Hah!
I think the writing could have been more flourished and story more fleshed out. However, the author does mention in the post script that she wanted to make it concise and not a door stopper – there was a lot of material and two full lives to get into. So that’s fair, I suppose. So I think unless you are genuinely interested in the subject matter this read won’t interest you much.