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At times hard to listen to Jane Hawkings is at all times, refreshingly honest. This is a no-holes barred and revealing telling of a complex relationship. Awe inducing, not only for the life lived but for the skilful story telling.
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I am having difficulty understanding why an intelligent woman would marry a man with whom she had so little in common. For example, Jane's favorite activity was ballroom and folk dancing but Stephen did not like to dance and really could not participate. She loved attending the ballet, travel to Spain, studying Spanish all of which he hated. Stephen ridiculed Jane for her choices in music, favorite composers, career and educational focus. Jane was religious and Stephen a devout atheist. The list of their incompatibility goes on. Isn't finding out if a couple has shared interests before they marry what dating is all about? I am perplexed at the general level of surprise that people have on hearing that the marriage failed.
What's more--there is a strong thread of anger running between the lines of this sad story. To me it is an unhappy look back at a failed marriage from one point of view, Jane's. She uses this book as a vehicle to name names and say what she really thought about people and events from the past. For me this focus was overly negative and the book very long. The narration captures this anger and occasionally even shows a hint of Jane's rage.
I have not seen the movie but from what I have read and the previews it seems to be totally different from the book. A Hollywood spin of gigantic proportions. I suggest a long ponder before venturing out into this memoir.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
I loved the movie and wanted to learn more about the amazing Jane Hawking through her book. Jane describes herself as one that has a great sense of humor. Unfortunately the unwaveringly somber tone of the narrator never allows the humor or lightheartedness of the author to come through for me. In spite of this, the story is a beautiful story of love, commitment, determination, and eternal optimism. Listen carefully to the words instead of the delivery and you will enjoy the book and respect this woman's strength of character!
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