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And Furthermore by Judi Dench
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Jun 15, 11

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I so wanted to love this book because I love Dame Judi. But I didn't love it (although I still love the Dame). I found it read more like peeking into an appointment diary rather than delving into a personal journal. And there were times when I just didn't understand what she was trying to say even after re-reading the passage. That's not to say that it's all bad - there were passages of interest that really sang off the page in Dame Judi's lovely smokey voice. Nor was I expecting her to dish the dirt - that isn't her style. But I think I was expecting more reflection, more introspection and intimacy. I came away with the sense (and I had a similar feeling with Michael Caine's second autobiography), that everything worth saying had to been said in her first autobiography and that this book was a catch all of things forgotten and left out of the first. Not terribly satisfying I'm afraid.
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Dawn I so wanted to love this book because i love Dame Judi. But I didn't love it (although I still love the Dame). I found it read more like peeking into an appointment diary rather than delving into a personal journal. And there were times when I just didn't understand what she was trying to say even after re-reading the passage. That's not to say that it's all bad - there were passages of interest that really sang off the page in Dame Judi's lovely smokey voice. Nor was I expecting her to dish the dirt - that isn't her style. But I think I was expecting more reflection, more introspection and intimacy. I came away with the sense (and I had a similar feeling with Michael Caine's second autobiography), that everything worth saying had to been said in her first autobiography and that this book was a catch all of things forgotten and left out of the first. Not terribly satisfying I'm afraid.


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