devra’s review of Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Kimba (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Kimba my main complaint would also be with the timeline. One minute I'm at a party in New York, the next I'm at a BBQ in Texas two years previously -- Julie needed to settle down a bit there. Otherwise I really enjoyed it and laughed out loud a few times.

message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura Yes! I think we feel the same way -- compelling idea, interesting writing, really bad timeline. I also wanted her to talk more about eating the food. Which recipes were best? Which will she make again?

message 3: by Cathy (new)

Cathy I agree the book was a huge disappointment. Her blog, though, is delightful! I blame whichever editor convinced her that her rambling, amusing, modest account of the project needed to be turned into a Story and larded with Plot. It totally destroyed the whole thing for me.

Her Web site is still up, and has all the "here's how the recipe turned out" informtaion that is missing in the book. and, of course, the entries are chronological.

message 4: by Aubrie (last edited Aug 21, 2009 01:32PM) (new)

Aubrie Mabe I'm glad I'm not the only one that found this book incredibly frustrating to read. Whatever plot did exist for a moment was flip-flopped to another time and place without warning. I enjoyed when she went on rants about seemingly pointles things. Her writing style is funny to be sure, but I think the overall concept didn't appeal to me because I don't cook. I would read this same author again if she can keep the story flowing chronologically and keep her whitty banter.

message 5: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ixan wrote: ""i got distracted and annoyed by her writing style." I could understand that. I couldn't get through your writing style with its lack of capitalization. Do you do it to make yourself stand out or w..."

no, ixan. lots of people write this way.

message 6: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ixan wrote: "Nancy wrote: "no, ixan. lots of people write this way."

"Lots of people", really? I can't think of a single book written that way (I can think of poetry written without punctuation though), nor c..."

sheesh! take a pill!

message 7: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Ixan wrote: "Presumably this is the sort of response you gave to your teachers when they said your grammar was unacceptable? No? Lol, no, of course not, you wrote properly then.

Ok, well I've had enough of yo..."

i didn't want to have to do this, but it's become clear to me that you're one of *those* people.

first of all, this isn't the new york times book review. it's a social network for people who like to read. and a place where people can then offer their opinions of those books. presumably without fear of said opinion being scrutinized and blasted because of punctuation or formatting (or the lack thereof).

therefore, given the informality of the venue, i would suggest that writing (or commenting) in such an informal style is not completely peculiar. my suggestion to "take a pill" was merely a fruitless attempt to highlight this casual atmosphere.

as for being rude, i don't remember ever questioning or disparaging your level of education. so you've got me beat on that one. for the record, i have a master's degree. oh, and i work as an editor at a legal publishing company. so i'm not really concerned about what people other than those who sign my paycheck think of my writing style.

and seriously? try not to be so serious. it gives you wrinkles.

message 8: by Christina (new)

Christina "Lots of people", really? I can't think of a single book written that way..

If I remember correctly (and I have tried very hard to forget this book), Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is written this way. And it got a (completely undeserved) Pulitzer.

message 9: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Burton Christina wrote: ""Lots of people", really? I can't think of a single book written that way..

If I remember correctly (and I have tried very hard to forget this book), Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is written thi..."

Finally, someone who thinks The Road didn't deserve its Pulitzer. Hurrah!

message 10: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I think she needed a better editor, to streamline and structure her prose.

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message 17: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Bugner Thank you for recommending Nigel Slater in your review.. His "A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III" looks like a great Cooking Chronicles book.
..I hope that Julie Powell is reading all of these reviews and re-publishing her book to match her blog rather than the movie so that I can add her book to my Cooking Chronicles bookshelf..

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