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Modern Day Benvenuto Cellini 16 août 2012
Par Gadgetfan - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an enjoyable summer read, but I had very definite deja vu to 40 years ago and reading the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini in college. Both Cellini and Marton are engaging writers, but their almost psychopathic egotism makes for an interesting, if at times, exasperating experience. One of the reasons famous people's biographies are more interesting is because most of us are curious to see behind the curtains of the rich and powerful. For instance, Bill Clinton, versus the neighbor who lives across the street, visits Marton the morning after her third husband dies. However, we never really get a sense of the multitude of celebrities that parade through this book, since generally they are presented as one dimensional figures whose role is to reflect Marton's splendor. The book might have been subtitled "famous people who had the pleasure of meeting me." They fall into good (those who fawn over Marton) and bad (those who express any hesitancy) I must say I never felt as positive about Nancy Reagan as when reading about her cautiousness in allowing herself to be interviewed by Marton.
There is even a rather bizarre section where Marton simply posts a number of positive Thank you notes from famous people to her and her husband for their hospitality while he was UN ambassador. They read like your basic BS like pleasantries one puts in a thank you note, but she seems to take them literally. She hints at some deep dark side to her divorced husband Peter jennings, but the only tangible complaint is that he finds her self centered and ambitious, and one can see where he is coming from. Perhaps the strangest part of this memoir, is that it is filled with so many famous people, and yet so devoid of any actual friends. Through all her tribulations, not one close female friend ever appears. One wonders whether she filtered her non-celebrity friends out of the book for their and her privacy, or she simply filtered them out of her life. This is a fine book to read on a plane or at the beach, but it does leave you shaking your head.
109 internautes sur 113 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A better title would have been...Kati A Love Story 16 août 2012
Par Sally - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Does this woman love herself, or what? Her poor husbands! She cheated on Peter and Richard and felt obligated to let them know--what an incredibly self-absorbed woman. She shouldn't have anything nasty to say about Pamela Harriman---she seems to be a PH wannabe. I'm sure she'll be married again shortly. Well, not too much in the book about her love for Paris, but lots about her love for herself. As I said, the title is misleading.
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Meh 23 août 2012
Par A Reader's Reader - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
While I respect Ms. Marton's pain at the untimely death of her husband (who, it appeared, loved her very much), I have to say, this book was pretty dull. It was almost as if she went through the pages of a diary/datebook and just jotted down extraneous events.

At its base, Ms. Marton does not have much of an ear for dialogue, or for describing a noteworthy person or scene. At one point, she is reduced to sharing thank you notes that famous people sent her after dinner parties. People like Bill Clinton, Clark Clifford, Ted and Vicki Kennedy, Pamela Harriman all pass through her pages, but they are all described with about as much enthusiasm as the milkman. At first, I thought that perhaps this was because she came from television, and not used to writing descriptive, evocative passages? But who knows.

Also -- for those who say she went through a "tumultuous" divorce from her second husband, Peter Jennings, to my reading, it seems as if she and Dick Holbrooke went away for a romantic weekend about a month (or less?) after she separated from Jennings and then he was part of her life full force... they were together (very much so) right away, and then they got married. So it was not as if she was ever a struggling single mom with two kids to raise by herself not knowing what to do with her life. It sort of seems as if she went from one man to the next with no downtime.

Oh, and then she had an affair with some Hungarian guy about 10 years into her marriage with Holbrooke, but he asked her to end it, and she did. (But even that did not sound very exciting.)

I was really looking forward to this book. Read it from cover to cover in about two hours (if that). Holbrooke and Jennings led very interesting lives (as did she by extension, I suppose), but this book does not convey any of it. And as other reviewers have commented on, she does seem very keen on herself.
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So disappointing 22 août 2012
Par T. Schlachter - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I saw Kati Marton on tv last week talking about this book. Hindsight being what it is, I probably should have gone with my gut when I wasn't very impressed with her in the interview. But, the book sounded interesting, so I bought it that day.

From almost the very beginning, I knew I wouldn't like the author or the book. Yet I kept reading. It got to the point where I didn't think I could dislike her any more, and then she said or did something to prove me wrong. I've never in my life encountered someone so self-absorbed. Of course, this book is just a snapshot of who she is, so I'm sure there are some redeeming qualities, but I just don't understand why none of them were shown in this book.

There were also mistakes in the book; there was one picture where she noted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in February 2001 (pretty sure she meant 2011) and then twice she mentioned having a brother, but he was nowhere else in the story; in fact, she referred to "the four of them" (her mother, father, sister and herself).

For someone who has written as much as she has and been a journalist her whole life, I was expecting more. Her style was very odd; seemingly HUGE events in her life - "ten years into our marriage I fell in love with another man" - are presented just like that and then nothing else is said about it. She would end chapters with just random sentences; chronology didn't seem to matter at all.

I would never recommend this book to anyone. I'm sorry for the losses that Kati Marton suffered, but many, many others have been through the same thing... without cheating on two husbands along the way. Also? No mention of Richard's sons in the acknowledgements at the end? Interesting.
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Some Stories Just Don't Need to Be Told. 28 août 2012
Par Germaine M. Juneau - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is one of them. Reminded me of the book Eat, Pray and Love. Another story that was written by a woman who was so needy all she did was use people she met along the way. There are so many books by woman that are positive and worth telling the story. Very disappointing.
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