Friday, May 6, 2011

"Wait for Me!: Memoirs" Book Review

I have been reading this book for what seems like forever, because for a while I was reading it while waiting for Tallman in a bookstore. Eventually I wanted to read it faster and so I got it out of the library. Unfortunately Wait for Me! is like two very different books, an exciting one and one that reads like a date book but you don't know any of the entries. Fortunately the first book is the first 5/6 of the book, and the second book is just the last 1/6 and it still has some interesting tid bits in there. Really I think its just hard to compete with the first part of the book.

Let me say, for the record, here and now: This book is AMAZINGLY good, awesome, interesting, cool, and I learned a lot about a time period I know a lot about already.
The Duchess of Devonshire grew up in a pretty interesting family at a pretty interesting time and grew up to know the worlds most interesting people. The book is an excellent read, and whether you agree with some of her more conservative views, or her interpretations of history is beside the point. This woman has lived for the majority of the 20th century, and has been there for all the major events. Hitler met him, JFK knew him personally, King Edward met him and the Prime Minister was Uncle Harold to her and her family. A seriously interesting life.
But the book isn't just a tale of an interesting life, she is also deeply personal about her struggles with miscarriage, an alcoholic husband, war, and colonialism. What makes this book so very interesting is how real it is, like you're talking to her, and she isn't holding back.
I recommend this book if you're at all interested in Britain in the 20th century, because she was there for all of it.

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