Top critical review
on October 13, 2013
What was it like being married to the US's first billionaire? Well, even after reading this I can't say. This is a pretty guarded account of their marriage. He sounds difficult at best and almost criminally neglectful at worst but we never get much of a real insight into their lives together. Essentially, it was a marriage of two individuals who lived their marriage like that - I had the impression it was never a real partnership as both were madly intent on themselves and their own ambitions. (The title "Alone Together" says it all.) Still, it's poignant in one respect - at the time when she really needed him to be there for her and their son, he was unfathomably absent leaving her to cope with the tragedy of their son's short life by herself. But it's a pretty good read and an easy one - if you like reading about the nightclub life of New York in the late thirties, which is where they met, you'll enjoy those aspects of it. And her time, essentially trapped in Italy during the rise of Mussolini, is interesting. Overall though, this is a very slight story.