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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great..., 7 Nov. 2013
This review is from: C.Z. Guest (Hardcover)
I was very excited about this book as Mrs. Guest had a great sense of style.
I particularly liked how active she was including being a hard worker. She
refused to lay around and be catered to and do nothing more exciting than
have lunch with other rich people. I was disappointed, however,that the photographs
were the same ones we've seen many times before (maybe she only allowed herself to be
photographed so often?). There were also a number of misprints and typos in the
text such as he "persued" and so forth. Susanna Salk is obviously awed by her subject
and cannot find enough superlatives to describe her. For instance, she keeps repeating
how well-mannered Mrs. Guest was but it's easy to read between the lines and see that
the woman had a very forceful and independent personality thus she said and did what
she felt like saying and doing. The example of her talking loudly to her daughter
Cornelia throughout the screening of a film is proof of this. Mrs. Salk seems to
think this was amusing; I can't imagine anyone there thought it was. I was surprised
by the way her home was decorated; nothing special at all. And the leopard print fabric
and carpet were a decided clash with most of the other objects; an eccentricity.
Money (especially lots of it) has a way of attracting people no matter what and it seems
that Mrs. Guest had her hangers-on who for various selfish reasons would never admit that
she could do any wrong. I'm glad she enjoyed her life and her money and her privilege but I didn't
read anything in this book that mentioned her helping anybody else with it, which is
a shame.
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