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Audrey Style (Beaux Livres)
Audrey Style (Beaux Livres)
von Pamela Clarke Keogh
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 35,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's got pretty pictures..., 15. März 2000
Audrey Style is a stylish, attractive coffee table book. However, it's just that: a coffee table book, best enjoyed by keeping it around (preferably on a coffee table), thumbing through the pictures every so often, and merely skimming the text in a couple of places.
The pictures, of course, are great. After all, they're pictures of Audrey Hepburn! There's an enormous amount of pictures of her at various points in her career, and most of them truly seem to capture the grace, sophistication, and effortless style inherent in Audrey (and apparently missing in the world today.)
The actual writing, though -- the "book" part -- falls short. It's a good read, and you'll learn a thing or two about Audrey, but nowhere is it genuinely insightful or analytical. The book is peppered with anecdotes that will make you think "Oh, how nice!" or "Oh, how funny!" ...but I'd like to think that there was more to Audrey than that.
Too often, the book goes for unneccessary glorification. Every so often, you'll come across a quotation such as this:
"Audrey Hepburn was really great. She was nice and beautiful and stylish and everybody wanted to be like her. There can be no one else like her." -- Someone From Hollywood
Audrey Style is adorned with this sort of fluffy adoration, and even if the praise is due, it gets a little stale after being repeated so often.
I'm also a little disappointed that a book titled "Audrey Style" is more of a biography than an analysis of her style; although the "style" part is present, I would have liked to see much more.
To sum up: it's a good book, but it isn't that profound. The pictures make it worth buying, however; buy it for the pictures, keep it on your coffee table, and be dazzled by the glory that is Audrey. Just don't expect the words to capture her essence nearly so well.


Girl, Interrupted
Girl, Interrupted
von Susanna Kaysen
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Method to the Madness, 23. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Girl, Interrupted (Taschenbuch)
Many of us have doubted our sanity at one point or another, especially during adolescence; after reading this book, you may have cause to doubt it again. Susanna Kaysen's memoir portrays the "parallel universe" of insanity with alarming precision.
Girl, Interrupted is a quick read, but worth reading more than once. Kaysen's prose is sophisticated, straightforward, and honest, with enough figurative language to give the book a poetic feel. The book is divided into short, self-contained chapters, organized in a vaguely (but not perfectly) linear time frame; the purpose of this is not to show a conventional plot, but to provide a loose framework for Kaysen's illness and its prognosis. Its departure from the confines of traditional stories is refreshing: there isn't the typical sense of character development or conflict, but that only reinforces the book's deeper sense of reality. Besides that, the conflict's still going on for Kaysen.
Rather than trying to teach us a lesson, Kaysen intends to raise questions about the boundaries of madness, unclear and perpetually shifting, and about who has the ability to determine these boundaries. She accomplishes this covertly, but she certainly accomplishes it.
I haven't seen the recently released movie, but from what I've seen and heard of it, it doesn't do this book justice. On the other hand, this review doesn't even do the book justice. It's beautifully written, engaging, and surprisingly relevant to our ordinary "sane" lives. I enthusiastically recommend this book and I applaud Kaysen for her literary contribution.


Eat Me
Eat Me
von Linda Jaivin
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 18,56

2.0 von 5 Sternen Baloney and Processed Cheese, 23. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eat Me (Taschenbuch)
Although this book is about two of my favorite things--food and sex--it was a little hard to swallow, for lack of a better term. The opening chapter is well-written and sexy, but the book falls apart soon after.
The main characters are four women who eat food, have sex, and do little else worth mentioning. They're interchangable, forgettable variations on one another, and Jaivin's attempt to emphasize each one as she goes about her business inevitably chops what could be a good novel into a collection of erotic vignettes and dialogues, with a whole lot of filler in between.
Is there a plot? After reading it once, I'm not sure, and in all honesty I'm not inclined to go back and find out.
It's sexy at times, and it's funny at times, and Jaivin clearly has potential. But the book, neither memorable nor believable, misses its mark. Although not quite nauseating, "Eat Me" is unappetizing, a bit rough on the digestive system, and nutritionally void.


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