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Seducing Ingrid Bergman: A Novel

3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Mike Cuthbert
Apr 04, 2015 Mike Cuthbert rated it it was amazing
The two lead characters in this romantic novel (but not a romance novel) are two compelling personalities, photographer Robert Capa and Hollywood legend Ingrid Bergman. It covers the period of time the two spent as lovers starting in France in 1945 and ending in California about two years later. The novel tells us it should not have ended. One suspects that the later spectacular dissolution of the Lindstrom marriage began before Capa and was fueled by the affair but that is not definitive. What ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Niffer rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it
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.

Sep 13, 2014 Packabook rated it liked it
Shelves: france
I read this novel because I have a bit of an obsession with Robert Capa and wanted to know more about his life. Of course, I'm sure Chris Greenhalgh has used a bit of artistic licence, but it seems he has done his homework and with much of it based on autobiographies by Capa and Bergman I'm prepared to immerse myself in the world he's created. It worked for me - but can see why it might not work for everyone. It's always tricky putting real people in the novels you write. Read my full review her ...more
May 28, 2014 Alain rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 05, 2015 Inger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, though I'm not exactly sure why. I read the screenplay adaptation first and then sought out the novel. Not my usual fare, it read like a cheesy romance novel most of the time, with some florid though occasionally lyrical imagery. Written as a fiction account of an affair with 1st person perspective of Robert Capa and 3rd person of Ingrid Bergman its a strange mix of real life drama meets over-dramatic soap opera - something I usually avoid with disdain.

What drew me in were
Dec 13, 2013 Christine rated it did not like it
Absolute crap. Completely wooden characters. The story itself isn't terrible, but the writing is horrendous.
Feb 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 15, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2013 Pj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Barone
Mar 10, 2014 Michael Barone rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2015 Nae rated it liked it
I tried ... I mean I really, really tried to like this book. I made myself finishing it hoping something intriguing would happen. Instead, it was a just a sad, sad, draggy, on and on and angst of a story that just did not pop my buttons, which is a shame because I have always been fascinated by Bergman.
May 15, 2014 Kati rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2014 Olga Nikolaeva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Beth
Oct 01, 2014 Mary Beth rated it it was ok
Love Ingrid Bergman, can't tolerate this book. Choppy narrative and virtually no plot development. Watch one of her movies instead!!!
Jun 18, 2014 Killy rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jun 19, 2014 Ming rated it it was ok
Lovely prose, but I wanted more substance.
Jan 13, 2013 Cas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 18, 2013 Ktufty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 08, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 29, 2014 Riley rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2013 Lucy Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The begining of the book was a little confusing, however, after after the first chapter I was eagerly racing trough. A very beautiful story :)
Mar 21, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it
So beautifully written. I love old Hollywood and yet it made me sad to imagine Ingrid in love and unhappy. Review to come.
Jul 11, 2015 Marge rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
What a piece of drivel !!! The best thing that I can say about it is that it kept me occupied during a long car trip.
Oct 26, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
I especially enjoyed the delicious language.
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