21 March 2011

Semi-Review: My Life in France

2¢ Worth: My Life in France reads like a diary. While it is a time capsule and window into Julia's heart and life, it is exceedingly slow and often tedious. Sadly my interest waned and I ended up giving up on it. But I did walk away from My Life in France with an increased sense of respect for the unapologetic, unconventional, and undeterred Julia Child. She was brave, tenacious, and direct. I think I would have loved her as a person. No matter what life did or did not give her, she never stopped to complain. She merely moved on and continued to always embrace life, love, her gifts, her friendships, and her passion for food. So while her book didn't rock my world, I did learn a thing or two about life.

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

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29 comments :

  1. Oh I loved the movie! I've been wanting to read the book, maybe I'll give it a try. I won't feel bad if I don't finish it though. ;)

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  2. I really enjoyed the movie, but in reading some amazon reviews, I saw that the language was probably something I wouldn't like. She seemed pretty amazing in the movie.

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  3. Have you seen the movie? I really enjoyed it. I'm sorry you didn't love this one as much as you hoped, but I'm glad you got something out of it! Thanks for sharing your two cents worth!

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  4. This is the most I've read about Julia Childs, but I found it fascinating.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/08/julia-child200908

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  5. I might read this diary at some point, but for now, I'm still in love with the movie, and Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Julia Child sure was a strong woman!

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  6. aww too bad it wasn't great, but any little piece of advice is worth something!

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  7. Hmmm... the book was great (though I can't really describe why). I could see the book being a bit tedious though. Some styles just don't work for me. Thanks for the review :)

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  8. Sorry you didn’t love this one, but I’m glad you were able to take something away from your reading experience. Thanks for your honesty :)

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  9. I heart Julia Child, sorry it wasn't your cup of tea!

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  10. I have the book, but not yet the time to read it. Waiting for summer ... ;-)

    My whole family loves Julia Child. I watched the reruns of the various PBS series so often with my small children, they think of her as part of the family. Many of her recipes are part of our family, we all treasure them. Her zest for life and her passion will stay with us.

    I will read her French memoirs no matter what. She may not have been the best biography writer, but it's what she had to tell that interests me. And her Queen of Sheba chocolate cake! ;-)

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  11. I love me some Julia Childs! I really want to read this :)

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  12. I love honest reviews! Thanks, Juju. :-)

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  13. Its always a great thing when you can walk away from a book...(even one you didnt overall enjoy) and discover something about your own life.

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  14. Juju, you have a true way with words. Loved your two cents.... ^_^

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  15. Julia Child does sound like an exceptional woman. Sorry the book didn't hold your interest as much as the woman.

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  16. Maybe I'll watch the movie one day to learn more about her. Don't think I'll e reading the books though.

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  17. Slow and tedious doesn't sound promising, but it's nice you still got something out of it even if overall it really wasn't for you!

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  18. Loved your mini-review! In so many ways Julia Child has always reminded me of my mother. A "get it done" type of gal who's not so frilly around the edges. She's incredible, but not always the type of person that makes it easy to feel warm fuzzies around. You know? Incredibly inspiring, but not someone to comfort you in a low time.

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  19. I've thought about picking up this book, so thank you for the review. Too bad her book isn't as good as her cooking.

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  20. Sorry to hear this one wasn't a hit with you! I actually just purchased Child's book after watching her "Baking With Julia" shows almost every night with my boyfriend, haha. I never paid much attention to her until recently, but now find her fascinating!

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  21. nicely said--she did a lot in her lifetime that affected the way we view food. She was a great lady.

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  22. What a great review...It's nice that you were able to take something from it anyways

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  23. I know she was an interesting person, but if a book can't capture that, then, yeah, probably better to walk away.

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  24. Mary: Hey you! I've totally missed you :) Congrats on your new beautiful baby! :)

    GG: Agreed :)

    Christina: I did. I loved the Julia parts. :)

    Renee Ann: Thanks for the article. I've bookmarked it :)

    Aths: Yes she was. I really admire her. :)

    Carrie Hammock: Yes it is :)

    Alexis: You read this one? Right on. Glad you dug it :)

    Tipsy: Me too on both counts :)

    Merisi: Darling! How are you? O I love her show. I always watch it when I catch it on :) Good call on reading her anyway ;)

    Melissa: Ya so should ;)

    Midnight: If you decide to check it out, try the library :)

    Cari & Maya: Me too :)

    Shannon & GMR: Ahhh thank you :)

    Tina & Kaye: Amen. Amen. Amen :)

    Christie & Missie & Liz & Jenny: Thanks :)

    Jenny N: O you so should. Her parts are delightful. :)

    1stdaughter: You're mother sounds like an amazing lass. :) I am very much a "get it done" girl myself. But I do have a giant warm fuzzy side too :) Thank for your comment. I feel like I learned something new about you.

    Meg: Her cookbook or memoir? Good for you! *high five* I bet you could rock her recipes.

    Andrea: Agreed :) Thanks for your support :)

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  25. I always like to read about wonderful persons... somehow their lives induces me to look at my own life and inspires me to be better... this Julia character sounds wonderful...

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  26. I would love to make some Julia Child dishes! Especially Beef Burguignon. But mine would probably end up like Julie's *cough name* in the movie!

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  27. Cherry: :) Agreed! It reminds me to focus on what I have and not what I don't have ;)

    Julie: LOL I think I would have to start with something more simple. I wonder if she has a quiche recipe. I love quiche. :)

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