Good author picks poor subject in Beautiful location.,
This review is from: Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton (Kindle Edition)
I guess that, like most people, my interest in reading Too Close To The Sun came from seeing the movie version of "Out of Africa", and a desire to know more about the characters and places depicted. The truth behind the Hollywood gloss. Like previous reviewers I found the style a little to saccharined but maybe it was necessary to try to add value and worth to the vacuous, self indulgent life of Denys Finch Hatton. All charm and no substance, Hatton that is.
Sara Wheeler has gone to great lengths to research and bring to the reader the life of yet another spoilt aristocrat who didn't know how lucky he was or appreciate the world in which he lived. At least the author comes out of the experience with her integrity intact.
I hope Sara Wheeler selects a more worthy subject for her next project. Her hard work and talent deserve better.
As for Hatton, go with the Robert Redford version, he's likeable and has more depth of character!