MOTIVATION for READING/VIEWING (or tell me again why the heck I chose this? anyone remember?): Oh yea, Oh yea – for my choice of the book club selection when the fabulous idea was to choose a source book for a film we could all watch! I wanted a short book, I wanted the movie to be available, and I wanted something… unique. (Two out of three! Read all about the resulting vote for A Single Man and now do realize that I’m thrilled THRILLED! to announce that Netflix has announced a release of July for the movie starring Colin Firth! goodie!)
An Education by Lynn Barber was on the shelf at Borders, I think. Under 200 pages; check. I grabbed it and ONLY knew that the actress in the film was up for the Oscar.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: From the glance at the blurb on the back (and what little I soaked up in my not-really-paying-attention-to-the-Oscar-race, I assumed it was about a girl from the Sixties who carelessly accepted a ride from a stranger who just happened to be some kind of swingin’ jetsetter and this put her on a path of frivolous hijinks and fun. SOUNDS GOOD.
Well, that’s not all this book is about and before you get the idea that I was disappointed, I hereby state that I enjoyed this odd memoir quite a lot. And yet….
WHAT’s GOOD/NOT so GOOD: There’s not a lot to it. A ton of names of people I do not know are included and I was only slightly uneasy with wondering if I should care to know these people. In one regard, this is a love story*; a tender tragic glimpse into a loving marriage. It’s also peek into the early days of Penthouse magazine – huh! Whoddathunk, right? Apparently, Ms. Barber wrote a sex guide back in the day. (which reminds me… must go see if I can find that.)
How and WHAT did they put in the movie?!?! part 2 after the jump…
BOOK RATING: Three solid slices of pie. I actually thought about switching my rating to lobsters just to confuse you all, but I’ll stick with my pie. This book mentions lobster. A lot. Copley wouldn’t be too pleased – all these lobster mentionings are of the ones that got eaten for dinner.
* Actually, TWO love stories; the pedophilia-icky one [DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE LINK TO PART 2!] when she was a school-girl and then the one with the man she marries.