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Carl Bernstein gets a taste of his own medicine,
This review is from: Heartburn (Paperback)
At the 7th month of her pregnancy, Nora Ephron learned that her husband had fallen in love with someone else. "The most unfair thing about this whole business," she writes, "is that I can't even date." That line sets the tone for this novel that Ephron based on her own marriage breakup. A court case resulted from the publication of this book, which tells you just how funny and potentially devastating it is. Her ex got a court order that she could never again write about him or their children. In the novel, instead of being a journalist, essayist, and humorist, the protagonist is a cookbook writer, so there are plenty of recipes sprinkled throughout. Published in 1983, Heartburn marked a turning point not only in Ephron's personal life but also in her writing career as she immediately gained entry into the film world as a writer, director, and producer. She wrote the screenplay for the movie based on this book - but don't see it. It's too angry; all the hilarity and subtle humor and caustic asides are missing.
I own a 1st edition of this book, and I'm NEVER selling it.
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Initial post: Jun 27, 2012 4:02:55 PM PDT
Heartburn, the movie, is one of my favorite movies. I guess you have to have lived that extreme heartbreak, with small children, to understand the emotions. I love it, and I don't think it's as angry as some say, It is rather, incredibly sad.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:37:22 AM PDT
Book Lover says:
I totally agree wtih Amazon Fan. I love the movie Heartburn (and the book). It's one of my favorites. Meryl Streep is brilliant in it (isn't she always?)
Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:21:02 AM PDT
Kandy Langford says:
Peggy - there is No Too Angry in reference to a former husband. If you've never gone thru a divorce - lucky you. Platitude - you don't know a man before you marry - Nope, not true - You don't know a man before you divorce. FYI - there are No "amenable" divorces no matter what they say...
Posted on Nov 20, 2015 9:16:44 AM PST
Book Lover says:
I agree with the commenters. I love the movie AND the book. I love the movie so much I had to buy it. Many funny and poignant parts in both. I so miss Nora Ephron. She was a true original.
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