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Before I read this I wasn't expecting more than a name dropping bio but this is something completely different. Excellently composed, the stories link together and the whole is a coherent study of 2 real people who just happened to be well known actors. The fact that Dyan Cannon reads this makes it very personal and there are times when it is clear that reading it brought back profound feelings for her.
Overall this is a really good book on many levels and the last chapter is an emotional high for both the narrator and listener.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
What I thought would be a fascinating story with insight into a May/December marriage turned out to be a whine fest from Dyan Cannon. She portrays herself as some kind of "free spirit" who "accidentally" married Cary Grant. You'd think she never heard of him, his previous marriages or lifestyle before marrying him. In fact, on the day they married, she was ready to back out, but apparently decided to ignore the three billion warning signs and go forward anyway. Grant is pictured as a controlling, meticulous persona - which very well could be true. He seemed to spend a good portion of his later years dropping LSD in an effort to come to terms with himself and a very miserable childhood. His possible bi-sexuality is glossed over, and it very well could have played a role in why he seemed like such an inattentive husband who wanted to be married to an object vs. a real person. The title of this book should have been "Wishful Thinking ... 101 Reasons Not to Marry Somebody Like Cary Grant". Most annoying was the "letter to Cary" at the very end which seemed like a rambling rant to me .... blah, blah, blah.
What could Dyan Cannon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Been more truthful with herself.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dyan Cannon?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment and disbelief that anyone was SO BLIND.
Any additional comments?
Thanks for the refund.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Interesting in parts but far too self pitying for my liking. Repetitive in places and feels disingenious and unbalanced. Far too woe is poor little naive me!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful