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Ineptly and nonsensically written, this is a mini bio of Florence Foster Jenkins The main problem to me is there s nothing innately inspirational about an extremely wealthy woman being so rich everyone pretends her singing is good I also could do without the many fawning references to the Enduring Passion of her long time lover, who is boinking another woman on the side. (((READ E-PUB))) ☛ Florence Foster Jenkins: The Diva of Din ☘ Although she may have passed away thanyears ago, Florence Foster Jenkins is about to become a star Dubbed the worst opera singer of all time and the queen of the sliding scale, Florence couldn t carry a tune in a bucket, yet she managed to sell out Carnegie Hall and every one of her s recordings is still available todayFlorence Foster Jenkins story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, of courage and conviction and of the believe that with dedication and commitment one can achieve anythingToday, thanks to Meryl Streep, who plays Florence in the upcoing movie of her life, Florence Foster Jenkins is about to be discovered by a whole new audience The biography of Florence Foster Jenkins starts off on a high note well written and condensed but quickly spirals into oblivion It seems as if the first two chapters were researched and drafted leisurely while the remaining chapters were rushed for publication. Favorite quote The difference between her and other singers was that other singers occasionally hit wrong notes Madame Jenkins occasionally hit the right one Brief and easy to read, if not a little academic. It s an easy, quick read Her birth, her marriage, and her extensive singing career are recorded here It s not a very personal account, but it s good if you re only hoping to learn about her life on the surface. Three stars for the writing four and a half for the subject.I have always been one of those folks who laughed at Madame Florence s warbly arias and wondered about whether or not she was putting one over on her listeners This book, in conjunction with the recent movie starring Meryl Streep, has given me a totally different picture of who Florence Foster Jenkins was music lover, patron of the arts, generous, childishly vain, superstitious and, like the rest of us, wanting to be loved Worth rea Three stars for the writing four and a half for the subject.I have always been one of those folks who laughed at Madame Florence s warbly arias and wondered about whether or not she was putting one over on her listeners This book, in conjunction with the recent movie starring Meryl Streep, has given me a totally different picture of who Florence Foster Jenkins was music lover, patron of the arts, generous, childishly vain, superstitious and, like the rest of us, wanting to be loved Worth reading 2 1 2 stars One the plus side, this biography of the infamously bad opera singer is short and quite readable On the minus side, it is a bit of a mess, wandering here and there, as though the author had a deadline he probably did the opening of the recent Meryl Streep movie and have time to get it in shape He s done his research in terms of her musical performances and her early years, but Jenkins never comes to life, and her relationship with her common law husband Hugh Grant in the movie 2 1 2 stars One the plus side, this biography of the infamously bad opera singer is short and quite readable On the minus side, it is a bit of a mess, wandering here and there, as though the author had a deadline he probably did the opening of the recent Meryl Streep movie and have time to get it in shape He s done his research in terms of her musical performances and her early years, but Jenkins never comes to life, and her relationship with her common law husband Hugh Grant in the movie remains mostly unexamined Though there is a chapter called Meet Mr McMoon, about the man who became her chief accompanist, we don t find out how he came to get the job, just that he did The movie implies that he was gay, but we don t get a hint of this until the final pages of the book I read it in two sittings, and mostly it felt like an appetizer and made me want to read a real biography of this woman Eccentric socialite Florence Foster Jenkins 1868 1944 was the laughingstock of the New York City s smart set during the 1930s and 40s This wealthy heiress was best known for her florid vocal performances and her complete inability to hit the proper notes Her shows always sold out, but she didn t understand that underneath their applause and cheers, her adoring audiences were barely suppressing their laughter at her campy costumes and dreadful voice As one critic wrote, Jenkins performance Eccentric socialite Florence Foster Jenkins 1868 1944 was the laughingstock of the New York City s smart set during the 1930s and 40s This wealthy heiress was best known for her florid vocal performances and her complete inability to hit the proper notes Her shows always sold out, but she didn t understand that underneath their applause and cheers, her adoring audiences were barely suppressing their laughter at her campy costumes and dreadful voice As one critic wrote, Jenkins performances are a catalogue of every vocal fault and failure imaginable p 97 Yet some claim that she was so bad, and so devoted to her art despite the naysayers, that she was good.On the heels of two recent films about Jenkins, a documentary and a feature film starring Meryl Streep, author Darryl Bullock has come out with this brief biography of the woman he calls the delusional diva The book has some insights into Jenkins as both a person and as a phenomenon For example, Bullock points out that Jenkins was a product of the women s club milieu, which supported amateur performers attempts to bring culture to the masses He also mentions in passing that his heroine may have suffered from either late stage syphilis or mercury poisoning, but he does not elaborate on either theory.This book will be of interest to Jenkins s new fans Amy B Between a 3 and a 4 star The actual book construction is a little uneven and jumps around which gives it a soapy feel he quotes the wretchedly bitchy Simon Doonan in a soundbite that should just die and I m not going to repeat it here who wasn t even born when Madame died in 1944 However, Bullock does evoke a lot of sympathy for his subject, a Society lady who clearly LOVED classical music and had the money to indulge her passion despite or because of her lack of voice You can still Between a 3 and a 4 star The actual book construction is a little uneven and jumps around which gives it a soapy feel he quotes the wretchedly bitchy Simon Doonan in a soundbite that should just die and I m not going to repeat it here who wasn t even born when Madame died in 1944 However, Bullock does evoke a lot of sympathy for his subject, a Society lady who clearly LOVED classical music and had the money to indulge her passion despite or because of her lack of voice You can still purchase Madame s recordings just search Florence Foster Jenkins on iTunes I can only take listening to the iTunes samples because it s just too awful The recordings were made when she was in her 60s 70s and if she ever had a decent voice it is long gone It s too cruel to laugh at her I m sure Florence Foster Jenkins had an interesting life, but you wouldn t get any insights about that from THIS snide, gossipy and poorly written biography Bullock substitutes hearsay for research and tells it all in a chronologically incoherent fashion that provides way too much detail about the uninteresting things and zero insights at all to the most fascinating conundrum of all how did such a promising young musician come to be known as the world s worst opera singer That question isn t I m sure Florence Foster Jenkins had an interesting life, but you wouldn t get any insights about that from THIS snide, gossipy and poorly written biography Bullock substitutes hearsay for research and tells it all in a chronologically incoherent fashion that provides way too much detail about the uninteresting things and zero insights at all to the most fascinating conundrum of all how did such a promising young musician come to be known as the world s worst opera singer That question isn t answered in these pages.I ve heard the Meryl Streep movie is good you probably want to watch that instead of reading this dreck