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An autobiography of the life of Dawn French, written in the form of letters to the people who feature most prominently in her life. It is an excellent mixture of sadness, happiness, love and joy.
One of this month’s genre goals is autobiography. I put this as a goal because I haven’t read many autobiographies in my time, so I thought that now would be a good time to rectify that.
I was quite specific about the book that I chose because I wanted to make sure that I had as much chance as I could of having an enjoyable read. It needed to be someone that I had heard of and, more specifically, a comedian. The reason I wanted a comedian was because I thought that a comedian would put a light and funny spin on their life. The result was Dawn French.
Whilst it was a good book with emotion (some bits made me cry) and humour, I did get confused by the letter writing style. Specifically, as an outsider, I wasn’t sure to whom the letters were being directed to, they would say Dear so and so (and sometimes a nickname was used) and I would have no idea who they were and what relationship they had with Dawn (maybe a “character” list at the beginning would have helped?).
I also struggled a bit with the timeline. I think that as the style was a collection of letters which were then addressed to a certain person within her life, the timeline got a bit confusing and I got a bit lost as to what was happening and when.
All in all I have to conclude that a) I didn’t have enough background knowledge about Dawn French or the era to which her life is based, to really appreciate the book and b) this style of writing and genre isn’t for me, which is why I’ve only rated it 3 stars.
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