Friday, May 6, 2011
"Wait for Me!: Memoirs" Book Review
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.