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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a troubled bon viveur, 2 July 2009
This review is from: Spilling the Beans (Paperback)
I throughly enjoyed Clarissa's memoirs. She is a formidable woman - intelligent, robust, flawed - and utterly human. I am left with an overbearing feeling of respect for her. She is a survivor, but of her own making. There's not even an ounce of self-pity in this book, her joie de vivre shines through even in the darkest of days. It seems as though she has packed a number of lifetimes into hers. Her story is a rich tapestry spanning a rich middle-class upbringing dominated by a brutal father and a wonderful mother, to life as a barrister trail-blazing for women, to the "Fat Lady" cook we all know and love to a countryside crusader. She has crammed so much in. Her book is considered and well written, her command of language, I'm sure, would have made her a frighteningly successful barrister. But above all her style is honest, bravely laying herself bare. However towards the end of the book I felt her pace slowed and it didn't hold my interest as much. It seemed to lumber through her days as a campaigner for the countryside, whereas in other parts of the book the narrative raced and I simply couldn't put it down. That is the only reason I cannot give it 5 stars.
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