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tani reviewed The Divine Sarah: A Life of Sarah Bernhardt on
This is a great biography, based on, among other things, many never-before published letters, including some to Sarah's lovers, and on the reminiscences of friends, admirers, and even some people who didn't like her. The book's jacket contains large color portraits of her, while inside you will find 94 photos, mostly black and white, but some in color. There is also an index and bibliography. A most impressive work.
The book is full of fascinating anecdotes. Sarah was an amazing person right up to the end. Aware of the crowds that stood under her window in anticipation of her death, she asked her son, "Are they journalists?" He replied that some of them were. Her last words, spoken with a smile, were, "Then I'll keep them dangling. They tortured me all my life; now it's my turn to torture them."
She's a legend. As youngsters, if we were behaving like a prima dona, my mother would quip, "Since when did you become Sarah Bernhardt?" I didn't know who she was then, but I sensed I could never match her. Nobody can. Ok, maybe Barbra Steisand, but even then, they are both in their own leagues.
This is a fabulous book. She was a a remarkable women, way ahead of her time. It gets a bit much reading about all her antics. However, it is a worth the read and all the pictures. Good beach novel, if a bit thick.