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Surprisingly, even if you've read several biographies of Julia Child, this one manages to give a very thorough overview of events in Julia Child's life up until her death, and to keep it fresh along the way, especially in contrasting Julia's personal thoughts (gleaned from letters and so on) compared to the Julia we saw that was her public persona. (The same can be said for her collaborators, Simone "Simca" Beck and Judith Jones.)
The narration was well done. It's well researched, insightful, and well written. If I have one criticism it's with pronunciation of some of the names of people. Pierre Franey's last name is pronounced to rhyme with Rainy rather than rhyming with Fan-Bay. Dione Lucas is pronounced as Dee-Own when it should be Dee-Oh-Knee. And so on.
Overall, highly recommended. It was a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end, and a fond remembrance of many of the events in Julia's life and memories of our own revisited along the way here.
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Would you try another book from Alex Prud'homme and/or Alex Prud'homme?
I probably would not. "My Life in France" was quite charming. This not so much
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alex Prud'homme?
Barbara Rosenblatt but everything should be read by Ms. Rosenblatt
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Tough question.....If it was treated as a continuation of the Julia part of "Julia and Julie"
Any additional comments?
If you only have time for one Julia Child biography, and I think I've read them all. I highly recommend "Dearie"
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