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Meticulously researched though it claims to be, this book is no great literary achievement, appears to need basic editing, and is thoroughly mangled by its narrator to almost comedic proportions. The two earlier biographies, one by Kendall Taylor and the older one by Nancy Milford, have an elegance of style and are literary achievements in their own right. This is more on the level of a young adult work, not too deep and easy to understand. Some judicious cutting would have improved it too. The narrator outdoes herself with her inability to pronounce the word "row,"( meaning argument,), continuously saying "row," as in what one does with a boat. I guess it's the spelling that defeats her. She seems only capable of pronouncing words used in daily speech and to have no discernible reading vocabulary. Together with her staccato, machine-gun delivery, she races without apparent comprehension of the material from one word-massacre to the next, names of persons and places not spared. Any author deserves better than this, even a second-rate one.
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I knew nothing going into the book, had heard that the Great Gadsby was written about her, but there were so many WTF moments that made you angry, then sad, then happy. good book for travel.
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