Julie Powell memoir is found less than satisfying so far
From the Los Angeles Times, which calls the memoir vain and lacking insight and the author an "unreliable narrator": " 'Cleaving' is an ambitious undertaking. ... An entertaining writer, she almost pulls it off. ... Yet despite some fine writing about butchery, and some not-so-fine writing about romance, 'Cleaving' turns out to be not much more than a rambling recitation -- not to say defense -- of all sorts of bad behavior."
From the Village Voice, whose review includes some of Powell's more explicit language regarding her affair: "How much you'll enjoy the book also depends on how much you'll enjoy Powell's voice, which is by turns solipsistic, grating, endlessly self-indulgent, and, worst of all, boring."
So far, no word on whether this book will be turned into a movie.
-- Rene Lynch
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