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- Book 1 of 2 in Drinking with Dead Writers (2 Book Series)
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Drinking with Dead Women Writers (Drinking with Dead Writers)
Drinking with Dead Women Writers
The idea of having a conversation with a favorite who is dead has potential. Unfortunately each story sounds the same as the last. Each story they drink wine, the deceased author hope that her family got rid of the letter she wrote, and ends after the deceased author is done complaining. I feel the living authors could have explored so much more, maybe about the world now, or ask how being dead was treating them.
Some of the highlights were: a damp and chilled Virginia Wolfe–still with the stones in her pocket; Dorothy Parker getting raunchy with a bartender; and George Elliot indignantly recounting having been dumped in Highgate with the dissenters and agnostics because Westminster Abby refused to bury her.
This was such an interesting idea, and I really wanted to love it, but for me, the results were inconsistent. The interviews with Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath were a drag. Yes, Emily Dickinson was reclusive and strange, but she was also so much more than that. The Louisa May Alcott short was disappointing. I had hoped the spunkier side of her, the side that said, “Money is the means and the ends of my mercenary existence,” would have been presented and mention of her seedier stories about transvestites and drug addicts would have been made.
While occasionally funny and insightful, I would have liked to see more detail and consistency in the quality.
In a nutshell, the book is a compiled set of mock interviews between the Ambrose, Turner and some of the most well-known literary women of the underworld. Chapters are short, a few pages each but distinctive. I had worried Ambrose and Turner would run out of steam but this wasn't the case. I was as tickled by Margaret Mead as I was Ayn Rand. Dorothy Parker and Erma Bombeck literally had me giggling through my lunch break. Giggling I tell you! Really my only quibble is the final line of Ambrose's sit down with Margaret Mitchell. Rather than channel her own work into her dialogue as do our other interviewees, the deceased opted to advertise her appreciation for artistic license and screen legend Clark Gable. It's funny really; I never would have thought the author would prefer the film adaptation to her own work. Go figure.
Engaging and revealing, but most of all, flat out funny. Will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment, Drinking with Dead Drunks, this fall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short, pointless, and uneven. Not worth either my money or my time.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is delightful. I laughed and instantly wanted to be there in the interview.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great premise, poorly executed. I was expecting (from the blurb) to have a great, rollicking read but it was a lot of the 'dead women writer's' work rehashed with a lot of drunken... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly Cottle
Just a touch clever, enjoyable to read over breakfast. A very creative idea. Will be reading the sequel soon. Got on Kindle Unlimited.Published 8 months ago by Hannah Lynn
Drinking with Dead Women Writers by Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner. The authors admit this book was conceived over a few glasses of wine and I wish I had been there. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jean Sue Libkind
I read another book by this author and loved it. This one not so much.Published 11 months ago by Cindy
I liked this book. It was light, humorous reading. While some of the authors felt a little out of character, it was still fun to read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Charles Mims