- File Size: 1957 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MFG18CI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jinx at the Greenbrier Kindle Edition
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But then there's a confusing detour with the author being in a wreck and emerging from unconsciousness in a hospital. So was her encounter with "Jinx" who moved to the Greenbrier in 1936 real or did she dream it? I notice now that the publisher's blurb describes the book as a "creative chronicle" so I suppose the author created the character of Jinx and the stories she tells are ones she feels are representative of the real people involved.
For the most part, I agree with her. I think the meeting with Eleanor Roosevelt rings true, based on what I've read about her. And Slammin' Sammy Snead, who started his golf career as the club pro there was certainly a charmer as well as a humble man who was always grateful for the good life his athletic career afforded him. How refreshing compared to professional athletes today!
I find it hard to believe that Claire Booth Luce would have had much time for a small, inquisitive child. And she certainly wasn't the feminist pioneer the author thinks she was. She climbed to power with good looks, brains, and hard work. Then she kicked the ladder out from under her. There's no record of her ever helping or encouraging another professional woman. She preferred the company of men who could be valuable to her.
Much of the dialogue is strained, but then many people DO speak in a stilted way when they're talking to children they don't know well. And the stories of "Jinx" and her father's tragic death and her mother's career as the Greenbrier "Tea Master" are delightful and wonderfully true to the times.
If you like stories of life in the first half of the 20th century, it's well worth the small price. I don't regret buying it and I enjoyed it. I just wish the author had skipped the pretense and written it as straight fiction. You may not agree.
It is a light read, but a story worthy to be read and remembered.
I liked it so much, I returned my loaned kindle unlimited copy and bought the kindle copy so I can keep it. Deanna Edens donates her books' proceeds to an animal welfare group.
The book is appropriate for young teens (girls would like it) and adults.
Read this book and lose yourself in a simpler, kinder time.
In other words, Jinx meeting Eleanor Roosevelt, Sam Snead, etc., is more like Forrest Gump meeting all those presidents; not like the extraordinary true life of Pino Lella as told in Beneath a Scarlet Sky.