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Engaging although didn't convert me
on 9 June 2014
I've always liked her as a screen presence and had read her husband's autobiography as a holiday read and enjoyed it, so I expected to enjoy this too and on the whole I did, although I didn't feel the same level of empathy as for much of David Mitchell's narrative. Did not give me an interest in poker for which I remain unenthusiastic. Thought it tailed off a bit towards the end and wasn't convinced by the elevation of poker into some sort of quasi-religion - as a lifestyle choice it still seems baffling to me and it's difficult not to be a bit bored by detail of long-dead games; like many committed players of games (golf and bridge other prime offenders here), competitors can fail to grasp exactly how boring these autopsies are. However, I'm being a bit unfair as it was billed as a poker player's narrative and I shouldn't complain that the game dominated. I suppose that personally, I was hoping for a bit more Victoria and a bit less poker.