I'm not done with this book yet. I'm not even half way through, but I just have to stop to say Joe Morton is enthralling in this role. He's a one man theater group performing the roles of each character, imprinting each one in my head, with full dimensions, and subtleties. He impels the listener with a rolling smoldering intensity from the beginning, to follow the protagonist's journey, to be transformed, to realizet he is invisible, and what that is, in explicit, complex, glaring terms.
Julia Child was in her lifetime, and in this book, an inspiration for living and being free, confident, engaged and fully richly self-expressed. She is not given her due as the transformational force in the quality of life of the people of the United States. Her conviction, tenacity and unbridled enthusiasm and passion for her principles of good dining being fundamentally an integral and essential part of good living, and neither being exclusive to high society, but rather accessible to anyone who desires to live a full and healthy life is contagious and a treasure well expressed in this work. She is a model American hero. I may not agree with her every political opinion but I respect her integrity and esteem for individuals and common sense, and her irrepressible passion for joyful living. Appetite for Life is the perfect name for a book that spans her life, and gives the reader a fun and interesting travel through a period of history that rode the wave to the height of the industrial boom in the U.S. and ushered in the computer age. She adapted and though it all never lost sight of her identity and her purpose. We would be a better world if she were part of every American's study of U.S. History. Her story is edifying and delightful! Bon Appetite!
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