3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Vacillation style of writing like the subject of the book,
This review is from: Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren (Hardcover)
Because I like to follow a strong story line, I found Authentic Genuine hard to like. I realize the author, despite his thoroughness, had a lot going against him in a lack of cooperation from the main subject --Ralph Lauren, and others in his family and those around him. So he had to construct coherence from chaos. Like he mentioned in the beginning, "a writer's job is to tease a narrative line out of events that can seem chaotic."
So I read here and there, picked pages, perused the ending. In the end I am left with a version of Ralph Lauren, if it really is authentic and genuine is incomplete. It asks me to believe an open ended assertion about Lauren that the author would rather deliver to a more candid and resourceful conclusion.
The book gave me a choppy ride that I wasn't able to surf properly.