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This "biography" gave very little insight into Jacqueline du Pre's life and the timeline in general was rather muddled. There were a few snippets of biographical detail, but it otherwise seemed to rely heavily on concert itineraries and reviews and got rather repetitive in that respect. There was very little information about her early life. It also skirted rather superficially around her relationship with Daniel Barenboim. Overall rather disappointingly uninformative.
Having read the bio on Jacqueline du Pré by her sister Hilary and her brother Piers I was looking forward to reading a biography from an 'outsiders' point of view (ie not a family member) and this bio by Carol Easton didn't disappoint. It was well written and told Smiler's story from her music point of view rather than from her families point of view,mainly as both Hilary and Piers declined to be involved in this book, as did Daniel Barenboim. Having read the ' Genius In The Family ' book I was somewhat surprised that Jackie's affair with her brother-in-law Kiffer Finzi wasn't given a mention by Carol.One has to assume it happened as both Hilary and her daughter Clare have separately stated that was the case,though Clare gave a rather scathing view of her father,while Hilary was more understanding and seemed to accept the affair as it helped her sister's depression so was conducted with her knowledge and approval rather oddly. I also noted that in Carol's book a young man by the name of William Ingrey came into Jackie's life latish in her illness and seems to have fulfilled certain of her needs ( Carol hints at a sexual relationship). However,William Ingrey isn't mentioned at all in the siblings book so I assume they were unaware of his presence in their sister's life. I am soon to read the bio by Elizabeth Wilson and so will inevitably compare her book with the two I have already read. I would recommend Carol Easton's book as it is an interesting read and good to hear from people who were involved in Jackie's lif- mainly her musical life.
Jacqueline du Pre was an amazing player and this biography gives a very vivid image of the person she was. And the person she could have been. It is very heartbreaking because of course you know from the beginning it is not going to end well. What makes t worse is that while reading you get to know the person behind the Davidoff and to love the girl that never really grew up.
My late wife and I loved Jacqueline du Pre's music. My wife had secondary progressive MS luckily not the primary form the Jacqueline had. The book brings back many memories have the characteristics of 2 amazing women who try to live life to the full even with the debilitating nature of MS.
An engrossing and thoroughly-researched account of Jacqueline du Pre's life and extraordinary musicianship, informed by numerous interviews with those who knew her. A pity that family members did not want to give any input but the book stands as a record of a great artist together with the traagic circumstances leading to her early death.
This book helped my desire to know more about the subject. The tragedy that such a compelling talent should be cut so short seems so unbelievably cruel and senseless that I'm welling up with tears as I write this, There just has to be an afterflife!
Plusieurs biographies ont été consacrées à Jacqueline Du Pré....N'étant pas liéé par des liens familiaux ,Carol Easton est très libre dans sa rédaction de la carrière et de la vie trop courte de la géniale violoncelliste...un volume éclairant et très émouvant...JEAN-GUY GAULIN
Carol Eaton took the time to know and understand Jacqueline du Pre, and was able to write with insight about her talent, her childhood, her moments of fame, her loves, and finally her devastating illness. Eaton's style is clear and entertaining, and the book is gripping from beginning to end.