Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
by Noel Riley Fitch
Julia Child became a household name when she entered the lives of millions of Americans through our hearts and kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon, whose statuesque height and warmly enthused warble have become synonymous with the art of cooking.
In this biography we meet the earthy and outrageous Julia, who, at age eighty-five, remains a complex role model. More… (summary from goodreads)
If you’ve read my blog at all, you’ve probably seen me mention My Life in France by Julia Child at least once. It’s a book I adore. The writing is fun, Julia’s personality shines through on every page, and it’s a fascinating tale of how Mastering the Art of French Cooking came to be.
Ever since reading My Life in France, I’ve devoured as many books on Julia Child as I can find. None have come close to that book for me. Appetite for Life is not a biography I would recommend unless you are interested in every minute detail of Julia’s early life. I do like that level of detail, but not for hundreds of pages.
I feel that an inordinate portion of the book is focused on her early life. Julia lived to the age of 91, yet the book largely glosses over her later life. It goes from listing every dinner party guest and their history to “that year Julia …”
The writing was dull. As I said, there was none of the magic of My Life in France. The writer had an amazing subject to work with, yet I didn’t get any of Julia’s personality in this biography.
Rating: 2 owls
Snow White and the Huntsman
by Lily Blake
Snow White and the Huntsman
A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her. (summary from goodreads)
Tie-in books are hit and miss, usually miss.
Snow White and the Huntsman was a definite miss. I really wanted to like it, because I was so excited about the movie. The trailers looked amazing!
I read the book to tide me over until the movie comes out on DVD, as I won’t be seeing it in the theatre. But reading the tie-in made me not want to see the movie at all. The story, which seemed so cool and different in the trailers, was boiled down to a lackluster tale that went from A to B to C.
The writing is what bothered me the most. The characters are flat and never really developed. They’re inconsistent, too. For example, Snow White was locked up in a tower for ten years. Yet a few days after escaping, she’s trekking through the woods all day and learning to fight. The author goes from harping on her weak body to totally forgetting it.
A day after finishing the book, and I’ve already forgotten most of it. Not quite the experience I was hoping for. I’ll still check the movie out, but now I’m not so sad about my decision to wait for it on DVD.
Rating: 1 owl