Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me
In 1971 Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel ...more
Enter Deirdre Bair.
I did not know of her before reading this book; I’d not even read her biography on ...more
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased ...more
Still, truth be told, the second half of the book which focused almost solely on De Beauvoir held me captivated until the very last page in a way the Beckett section did not.
The Beckett section, while mostly interesting, ...more
That said, it was a bit disappointing not to see more material on each of their actual work, which is mentioned in passing, in Beckett's case, and focused primarily ...more
It was a revelation for me to see how much time, money, effort and negotiating goes into the research for a biography. This is a ...more
Interesting idea, but sadly it didn't do anything for me. I just couldn't get interested in her experience as it was described. While reading I thought if it had been stripped down more & turned into a couple of magazine articles I'd have enjoyed it more. Before dnf'ing I skipped toward the back to see if maybe reading about her other subject would be any more interesting, but no. Although I'm let down this didn't work...more