Comments: 6
Mismatched Bookends 5 years ago
Great review. I am not one for mermoirs but this one sounds good. Thank you for the great review.
I agree, well written biographies of people who once lived - especially through monumental times - are rare. Most end up reading like school text books. However on the flip side, I'm wary of those that say more because I'm worried it's someone's interpretation of the truth. Granted we can't ever have fly on the wall perspectives but it begs me to ask the question, what makes you trust the author's account? I mean qualifications don't always come with integrity and of course there are books sales to think about. Not to sound so cynical but as a fan of non-fiction this is an issue that plagues me.

Feel free to ignore AND how have you been keeping?
Url Phantomhive 5 years ago
I can understand what you're saying. I've very few experience reading biographies so I can't really compare anything, but this book - for me - didn't feel like it was adding drama for sales, or was adding things to make it more spectacular. For example, the author states in the beginning she's not going to discuss the people who claimed to be Anastacia, but stick to the facts. There were lots of fragments from letters they sent and references to interviews with people who lived with them. If this is all true, we will of course never know, but I guess it's the closest thing. I've never really thought about it, as I'm not accustomed to read these kind of books. This one definitely didn't feel like a textbook. (For my studies, I need to read a lot of scientific papers, (and although there's also some fraud) scientific language is a lot more objective).
I actually read more non-fiction than fiction BUT strangely, I allow myself to 'trust' fiction more. What I mean is that as soon as someone says 'this is true' I begin questioning it but if people tell me stories, I tend to look for truths in it. Is that strange?
Url Phantomhive 5 years ago
I don't think it is. Perhaps it's just being a rebel :P
I also like to look for truths in fiction, and when I find some I always feel like it's a great extra for a book. Or like the time I read a book in which Pachelbel's Canon in D was very important, but there was also a lot of other music named in the book (and they all had the same chords as the Canon; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM). I really liked that :)
That's so interesting. I wonder why we look for it. Maybe because we need to give it meaning. I mean a good story might fill a temporary need but one that has an astute insight, afterthought or meaning resonates, and sometimes throughout our lives.

Thank you for sharing that video. I loved the wry wit but also just the manner you educates you about a topic that could have been very dry. Amazing.