Hello everyone! Happy Friday! So I just recently finished reading an extensive biography on Audrey Hepburn and I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you.
So, for the last little while I have been reading Audrey by Alexander Walker. The book is almost 300 pages and goes basically from the day she was born until she died in the early nineties. I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan so when I found this book at Half Price Books I was really excited to dive in. I haven’t read many biographies but I LOVE documentaries so I thought the love would transfer over. I have to say I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.
It was a very interesting book and had a lot of details about her life that I didn’t know, especially all the traumatic parts, but I think the parts of her life that I wanted to know more about weren’t highlighted as much as I would’ve liked. I love the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and so I was hoping to get a great background story, mainly because there are whole books written about this one movie, so I figured there would be a lot to write about. One chapter, that’s it. So that was a little disappointing. I also wanted to hear more about her work with Unicef and while there was at least more than one chapter I feel like I didn’t get a good insight to her work.
I did really enjoy hearing about other movies in her career, successes and flops, that I hadn’t seen or heard much about. I also enjoyed reading about her distresses, which sounds bad but hear me out – it was nice to hear that she dealt with things that everyone else deals with. Tragedy, body issues, family drama – it was all there. I have always put her on a pedestal so I think to hear about her real world issues was actually very interesting for me.
So overall I did like the book but I don’t know that I would read it again. I think if I’m going to get into biographies I may need to start with something not so heavy.
Are you a biography person? What’s your favorite biography? Who’s biography would you really like to read? Let me know in the comments!