A widow with a small army of suitors, Aurora Greenway loves the limelight. She’s got three grandchildren whom she adores (in small doses) and her son-in-law Flap, whom she’s not really crazy about. And there’s her daughter Emma. In some ways, Emma is all there ever was. Now, there’s little time left to say the things that need to be said.
©1975 Larry McMurtry (P)1990 Recorded Books
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
There are 'those' movies aren't there that we will always remember who we were with when we first viewed them. Sometimes we remember where we were and who we were with more than we remember the actual movie. That is the case for me. All I remember is the inevitable scene with the camera looking directly on Shirley MacLaine's face and that devastating change of expression when she is watching he beloved daughter leave this earth.
I have always promised myself that I would read the book and I have tried but I have always found it pure drudgery. So I thought that I would give the audible version a try. I am glad that I did. The book really fills out the character of Aurora more than Emma whom I felt was, even prior to her devastating terminal diagnosis was a dreadful 'whiner' and a full time 'martyr'. Aurora, on the other hand was a colorful, animated and life embracing woman.
Barbara Rosenblat did, at times, sound as if she was either stopping to take a quick 'drag' from a cigarette or having a quick break occasionally. Perhaps there was an editing issue.
All in all I am really glad that I listened to this book, as I loved Aurora, as she was such a 'saucy' character. She would tread where I would definitely have great reservation. I admire women of courage.
No regrets for this listener.
I love Larry McMurtry and his insight of women and their thoughts/relationships. It's really a sad story, but I loved the book and the movie so thought a listen would be fun. Not.
Spoke too fast, not much emotion.
I am a huge Larry McMurtry fan. Although ToE is not one of my favorites of his, I wouldn't change a thing about it.
I love how McMurtry takes the time to integrate his environments and stories -- in this case, Houston in the 70s.
Ms. Rosenblatt's unintentionally-comical performance almost kills this otherwise good book. I often felt compelled to turn to my printed copy to see whether she was accurately portraying the book's dialog. Invariably, I found that Ms. Rosenblatt had chosen to read the dialog of many of the characters in an absurd "southern" accent that was distracting at best. Would have preferred it if she'd just stuck with her normal (and quite nice) voice.
Absolutely, but I wish someone else would record it for future listeners to enjoy.
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