Jennifer's Reviews > The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox

The Fatal Gift of Beauty by Nina Burleigh
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Oct 17, 2011

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Read from October 10 to 17, 2011

I chose this out of a compulsion to know more and somewhat sheepishly, fearing an exploitative, slapdash effort. Surprise, surprise it is a fairly well written exploration of culture clash and the changing perception of Americans abroad. Bruleigh avoids the salacious and gruesome aspects of the case for the most part and steps out of the courtroom to paint a careful portrait of Italy, Perugia, Seattle and all of the principals. There are no clear cut answers, however. In some sense the media handling of the case may have prevented a fair investigation and adjudication. Certainly the media will prevent the principals from fading into normal life as long as there is uncertainty about the events. I really hope somehow there is resolution.

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