"For all the accoloades, I was a little underwhelmed. Interesting story that travels throughout different time periods. The characters were a bit extreme to be believable, but it was interesting read."
"Very informative read on her life, although a little drier than I expected. I am embarrassed at my lack of knowledge about this time in history. She was with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony - really interesting to think about Rome before they became the power we think of today & how they basically funded their empire w/Egypts treasures."
"Absolutely fascinating historical biography written from pov of Hemingway's first wife. Am now reading Moveable Feast, and see that alot of the facts were pulled directly from there. Also want to re=read his early work to piece together the influences as seen from her eyes. Really liked this."
"I actually much preferred reading The Paris Wife, but am really glad I read this account after. I really liked learning how he and Fitzgerald interacted at early stages of their careers; that he really loved/admired Hadley & how they loved wine & the outdoors; he had an idea early on of how to write well (write one true thing per day, leave some in the tank for the next day, etc)."
"Was fun to re-read after the last two books & realize which parts were based on his own life (like the ear present). Really enjoy his humor & writing on outdoors + drinking, but still feel like I am missing something in terms of why his writing is considered classic. I know his "thing" is economy of language. Either way, I enjoyed this one and think I will re-read some of his other early works."
"Agree with the top reviews - the book went too wide and not deep enough, so I walk away without one big idea. Also got tired of the fictional characters after awhile. There were a lot of great snippets throughout, just hard to consolidate into one big idea."
"I got aborbed and read this over the weekend (needed a break after Social Animal). Was a bit disappointed with the ending, but it kept me up several hours later than I intended - his pacing keeps drawing you in. exactly what I was looking for."
"You kind of get the point of the book early on, and I had to force myself to finish it. There are parts that are engrossing and really well written, and I could relate to parts (like the arc of a marriage relationship), but got bored."
"All the reviews make the comparison to Dragon Tattoo series since the author is Norwegian and this is a crime thriller. I don't necessarily think of them in the same way, although Harry Hole is similar to the cop in that series, and they are both well written. I really annoyed my wife with wanting to get back to reading this because I wanted to figure out whodunit. I dug it."
"This was interesting read - I always read his Sunday interview with a CEO. I thought he organized the book pretty well, and I got some good insights. #1 for me is to not be afraid to cross-over to different function as part of my development. Will reference this over time."
"Pretty absorbing read about the American ambassador to Germany in the years leading up to WWII. Learned a lot about the main character's on Germany's side, what it was like to live there at that time as things turned sinister, and the daughter Martha was almost like a made-up character - dating a TON of famous people. Kept me reading like a good fiction thriller."
"I got really absorbed in this, although I was not sure until well into the book if it was just a whodunit or a scary book. I guessed the who about halfway in, so that part was disappointing, but the dialogue, general family themes, and descriptions of place (Dublin blue-collar neighborhood) made this hard to put down."
"Slightly disappointed, especially compared to all the glowing reviews. Had high expectations because I loved the one other book of hers that I read, plus I love the movie Tombstone... Anyway, interesting character study, but the whole time I thought it was building towards OK Corral, which would provide contrast (Doc is a multi-layered personality, not just a gun fighter)."
"Organized into tips with letters from readers. Another dad-focused book by a writer who thinks he's funnier than he actually is. There was some interesting data, but most of the useful stuff I have read from other resources. The parts on sex were probably most interesting, as you definitely aren't finding those insights in the Mayo book."
"First non pregnancy/baby book in awhile. It was a moving book narrated by death about an 11 year girl in Nazi Germany. Well drawn characters, but didn't like the fact that parts of the ending were given away early in the book. Still felt sad when they happened, but less impactful. Spoiler alert - everyone but the girl dies."