Monday, May 12, 2008

The Red Leather Diary

Here's the most interesting part of this book:
Lily Koppel was a gossip columnist for the New York Times when she found the red leather diary in a dumpster outside her building. She decided to track down the owner, who miraculously was 90 years old and still alive.

Here's the rest of the book:
The owner of the diary, Florence Wolfson, grew up among the Manhattan elite in the '20s and '30s. For Florence, life was all about art, plays, music, literature, and sexual experimentation with both men and women. She was self-centered, moody, and melodramatic. Florence grew up with virtually no parental guidance and no religious or moral conviction.

It showed.

I thought in the intervening 70 years that maybe Florence would have learned what life is really about. Instead, when the diary was brought to her, she said she felt that during the rest of her life she had not been true to the "real" person she was--the person from the diary.

Ick.

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Cool book cover, but based on your review it doesn't sound like my cup of tea...

Booklogged said...

Based on your opinion of this book, I'm going to skip it. Thanks, Tricia.

Andi said...

I agree, the cover is cool... that's a bad deal the inside was incredibly lame.

Sarah McBride said...

still looking forward to reading it, (waiting for delivery) and looking forward to hearing what everyone at book club thinks about it.

Becoming Me said...

That is such a shame. We tend to frequent the same blogs, so I wanted to drop by and say hello. I really like your little spot here and will return.

Tricia said...

becoming me: thanks for stopping by and saying hello! you are welcome anytime. :)

Danielle said...

Sorry to hear this one didn't click with you. I thought the story of how she came across the diary was interesting as well.