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@Read Epub ⚟ Leaving a Doll's House ë A memoir by the successful actress describes her early years professional relationships with such acters as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Yul Brynner failed marriages and personal relationship with writer Philip Roth , first printing Ouch But Richard Burton comes off relatively well, at least in comparison. Ah, but it s delicious Juicy literary gossip, why not I chanced upon this book and read it mostly for the insight into Philip Roth The first half of the book is about many other relationships, but it s worth getting through it for the second half, the seventeen year relationship with Roth It was absolutely fascinating Bloom gives us everything an ex wife would, and then muchthe deep, the fine, the humor, the ugly, the disturbed, the person of such a great mind as is Roth Considering Ah, but it s delicious Juicy literary gossip, why not I chanced upon this book and read it mostly for the insight into Philip Roth The first half of the book is about many other relationships, but it s worth getting through it for the second half, the seventeen year relationship with Roth It was absolutely fascinating Bloom gives us everything an ex wife would, and then muchthe deep, the fine, the humor, the ugly, the disturbed, the person of such a great mind as is Roth Considering the book was written by an actress, we really get a good story with some serious character development of both Roth and Bloom And Even though Roth was a monster, I found myself oddly sympathizing with him, his erratic behavior, his tortured being, even as what he did to Bloom asking for a billion dollars for every year of her life was insane and cruel and selfish and so ludicrous, I laughed And I wishedthan anything that she would stop being the rug he wiped his feet on, that she d slam the hell of the phone down and never speak to him again.Whets the appetite for learningabout Roth I don t read autobiographies as a rule so I don t have much grounds for comparison.Bloom sometimes sums up characters very well, as she does with Olivier a boring man when not speaking other people s lines and Anthony Quinn, a revolting individual in every way Her daughter, Anna Steiger, is a singer Her mother makes much of the prizes she won I had never heard of her before but that s not surprising since she seems to sing opera most of the time.She did not behave so well in her life After I don t read autobiographies as a rule so I don t have much grounds for comparison.Bloom sometimes sums up characters very well, as she does with Olivier a boring man when not speaking other people s lines and Anthony Quinn, a revolting individual in every way Her daughter, Anna Steiger, is a singer Her mother makes much of the prizes she won I had never heard of her before but that s not surprising since she seems to sing opera most of the time.She did not behave so well in her life After forming extremely critical views of Quinn she slept with him a man she couldn t stand How sad is that And she certainly treated her daughter very badly, allowing her husband, Philip Roth, to dictate if and when she could see her The author is aware of these short comings but that doesn t make them alright On the other hand, there s no point writing an autobiography if you aren t prepared to come clean, and you have to admire her for being so honest.This book is most interesting when dealing with her marriage to Philip Roth She is clearly an intelligent person with a knack for making bad decisions in her personal life After a string of affairs with married men, usually fellow actors she was playing with or playing under she married Rod Steiger, then an unsavoury guy called Elkins But marrying Roth was an act of extreme stupidity there was a great deal of evidence from his own hand as to what he was really like It is a good account of being married to a manipulative psycho and details her own ludicrous passivity in the face of endless provocation There is a fair bit of psycho analysis in this section of the book, somewhatanalytical than anything which precedes it My guess is she got some of this from her own analyst Some of the generalities I don t like Women lacking a father seek out a father figure in a lover They do All of them It s a bit deterministic and mechanical for my taste No doubt there are cases, no doubt there are exceptions In her earlier book, LIMELIGHT AND BEYOND, Claire Bloom concentrates on her life as a performer and tells many stories about how she approached her roles She also mentioned that there had been some unpleasantness in her career, but she refrains from going into details With this memoir, she goes into the details and I found it fascinating One of the draws for an effective memoir is the There but for the Grace of God go I aspect, and this one has that in abundance Essentially, we learn abo In her earlier book, LIMELIGHT AND BEYOND, Claire Bloom concentrates on her life as a performer and tells many stories about how she approached her roles She also mentioned that there had been some unpleasantness in her career, but she refrains from going into details With this memoir, she goes into the details and I found it fascinating One of the draws for an effective memoir is the There but for the Grace of God go I aspect, and this one has that in abundance Essentially, we learn about a sensitive and talented actress who has a crippling fear of being deserted As a consequence, she stays in a variety of unhealthy relationships While her performances may invite envy from other performers, her personal life is a harrowing trip of self doubt on an emotional rollercoaster Across my path there had passed good, affectionate men whose overtures I had ignored they were not exciting enough, I said to myself I chose instead difficult, if talented, men who could never bring me contentment I seemed to need to meet a challenge, to re create the lack of certainty of my early childhood Those talented men included Richard Burton, Rod Steiger, Hillard Elkins and Philip Roth Her stories about life with them are never explicit or bashing Indeed, she makes brief mention that her marriage to Elkins opened her up to becomeof a sexual adventurer The reader expectingdetails will be disappointed However, her writing style incorporates a beautiful use of language and is always engaging This is an actress with writing talent Much of the last third of the book revolves around her relationship with Philip Roth, a man who was fighting his own demons and who used manipulation as a cruel tool The writer doesn t excuse her contributions to the failure, but it is difficult not to scream at the book, Just leave him Or as her friend, Gore Vidal, warned her when she asked if she should begin a relationship with Roth, No You have already had Portnoy s complaint Do not involve yourself with Portnoy Although the focus of this memoir is on her relationships, there were some omissions about her experiences with some famous productions that I wish she had included For instance, there is no mention of her roles in CHARLY, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, or THE HAUNTING However, she does talk about her experiences working on DAYLIGHT, the Sylvester Stallone action thriller As I write this review, Claire Bloom is now 85 years old I think it unlikely that we will hearfrom her What she has written is very worthwhile, though, and has my recommendation