Oh how I loved the Hollywood glamour of the early moviestars when I was myself a gawky youth! If truth be told, I still find them gorgeous if unrealistic style icons.
Finding a fictionalised biography of the divine miss Garbo when browsing a friend's bookshelves therefore proved an irresistible temptation.
- Based on recently discovered letters from Garbo to her teenage sweetheart Mimi Pollak and penned by a documentary film-maker already boasting a Garbo documentary on her résumé, this felt profoundly well-informed and actually not fictionalised at all, though of course it is.
- It was also an easy read, accessible and engaging yet not infantilising.
- It focuses on her late teens at the Stockholm drama school, whereas I for one am more interested in her life in Hollywood.
In short : A good read.