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Not Interesting In Her Own Right,
This review is from: A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir (Hardcover)
If she had not been associated with Norman Mailer, especially at the end of his life, "Norris Church" (nee Barbara Davis) would have remained a sometime model, artist and actress, and the details of her early life would have remained only of interest to herself and her immediate family. Why she spends the first third of this book on her own childhood is hard to understand except for maybe page-count purposes. The book should have summarized her early life succintly, then moved on to her introduction to Mr. Mailer.
There is no question that Ms. Church expresses herself well in words, but she doesn't talk about much that is inherently interesting. Mr. Mailer comes across as a brilliant narcissist who thrives on commotion - but is a man who has eight children by six women (or whatever, I lost count) a compelling character, even if he is sporadically witty and generous, gives lots of parties, and has many famous friends and numerous extramarital liaisons? After reading the book, I didn't feel I "knew" Norman Mailer any more deeply by virtue of having read about the chaos of his existence. I felt I had just spent way too much time with two incredibly self-centered people.
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Initial post: Oct 20, 2011 6:15:36 AM PDT
Klara K says:
Could not agree more
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