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Superior and Superb,
This review is from: Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Hardcover)
I have read "Reading Jackie" and now I am reading this incredible book.
This is the better of the two titles. I will give my reasons why later
but for now I had to stop mid-book to cast my vote overwhelmingly on this
work of literary depth. It goes beyond the cliches, wherein much of
"Reading Jackie" is mired, and provides solid foundations for
each aspect of the character portrayal(this unlike "Reading Jackie"
where on the flimsiest evidence Lawrence will infer a major trait).
Also, ones feels in the flow and seamless authority of this book
the benefits and depth that come from the portrayal of someone who
actually knew her personally and had dealings with her. Lawrence also
goes back to the original sources and lets them speak first hand
about their experience of her, instead of dealing in overhwhelmingly
in hearsay, as Kuhn does.
So, beautifully done! (I'll write more detailed reviews of both books later).
P.S. I was intrigued to know which would be the better book, especially after
I read Kuhn's low-class remarks about Lawrence in the NYT. It figures that
the one with the ugly remarks has the cheaper book with less quality and
less value from a literary point of view. Was it Matthew who said, "as
within, so without"?
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2011 10:32:14 AM PST
Oy, Vey! This is not the first time you've had to weigh in while still reading. I completely disagree about the comparison with "Reading Jackie," which is by far the better researched and written book. William Kuhn's comments regarding Mr. Lawrence were mild, especially given the circumstances.
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