I'm definitely not a fan of memoirs of public figures, but since I didn't really know who she was (not a fan of popular culture), the title itself and the first few pages were what grabbed me. I do enjoy family stories, and she went into some depth about her parents' backgrounds, which I found interesting. She was setting up a conflicted family, whether she knew it or not, and that interested me. The Irish section was by far the most interesting, though I could have done without the name dropping. The loneliness of her childhood and her ambivalence toward the towering figure of her father come through loud and clear. Too many characters with too little substance clutter the book, especially in the London section, where she's clearly floundering, and even in the NY section, where she's gotten herself into an abusive relationship, cut off from most other people. She shows her chops, though, in the final big scene, where her father has her back and by his presence gives her the courage to call a halt to the abusive relationship. It might be interesting to see how she puts her life back together in the next installment. I still don't know that I'll ever watch her movies.
Gee-was surprised on how little interest i had in this book. Anjelica Huston came of age during the late 60's yet showed no interest in what was going on. At one point she is in Paris during the student revolt that threatened revolution and was only concerned as it delayed her and she only had one suit to wear. As the book ends, she is in an abusive relationship with a famous, very mentally ill photographer but even this experience is devoid of insights. Lots of name dropping, not much else,
won't be reading the second instalment of this memoir.
I admire Anjelica Huston's film work and in interviews I have always found her to be a person of substance and perception. How disappointed I am by this memoir, which for me never really rises beyond the level of interest one feels looking at a glossy high-end magazine devoted to the home decor and fashions of the privileged. It's a curiously bloodless experience, rather like walking through the intact ancestral home of people who have long departed or who allow the punters in to help pay for the upkeep of their pile of bricks but would never deign to come in contact with their "guests". You're invited to ooh and ahhh over furniture and trinkets, but learn very little about the owners' day-to-day experience and emotions. I think that if I had to read one more of Huston's inventories of bibelots and jewelry, I'd lose the will to live. It's autobiography as it would be practiced by Town & Country magazine sponsored by Sotheby's and all the jewelers on and around Place Vendôme.
If I wish to continue admiring Huston I should limit my future contact to watching her work on the screen.
Poorly written and dull. Author mentions several times how she "charmed" people, usually employees of her parents, but there is no charm here. Frequent lists of people she met, places she went, but no commentary on them other than the name dropping. A waste of time.
"The Academy Award-winning actress and director shares the first half of her unconventional life, from her childhood in Ireland and her teen years in London to her coming of age as a model and budding actress in New York." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0
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