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Subject: Julie and Julia
Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:21 AM ET
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I am now reading the book, having seen the movie first.  It may be one of the only times, I like the movie better than the book! 

What did you think?

  I am so glad to learn more about Julia Child, what an amazing lady!!  The book's focus is more on Julie than Julia, of course, written from her perspective.  Although there is something to be said for the inexperience of her character as an anchor point of the book, resulting in her need to make one recipe a day fromJulia's book, The Art of French Cooking, to put some focus and meaning to her life.

The book is going slow for me, however.

 



Last Edited on: 7/9/10 11:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:40 AM ET
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If you liked the movie, and would like to learn more about Julia Child.  I would suggest, "My Life in France."

The Julia parts of the movie were based on this book.  It's a very fun read if you like Julia Child.

I really enjoyed it!

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:43 AM ET
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That sounds great, I will check that one out!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 12:03 PM ET
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I didn't like the book.  But I LOVED the movie!  laugh

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:09 AM ET
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I loved the movie also, but I haven't wanted to try the book because of the reviews I read.
Date Posted: 7/11/2010 6:14 PM ET
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I got all set before watching the movie.  First I read My Life in France by Julia Child and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the fact that I don't cook much any more and have never wanted to try French cooking.  Then, I read Julie and Julia.  I didn't really like this book and particularly disliked Julie (whatever her last name is).  Fortunately, Amy Adams made her much more likable.  And, as great a job as Meryl Streep did, I didn't think that the movie lived up to my expectations although I enjoyed it.

Being raised in the Bible Belt, I remember thinking as I read Julie and Julia, what a foul mouth Julie has (this wasn't in the movie), especially as she talked to her mother.  Then, as I read farther and she quoted her mother, I saw where she got her language, lol! 

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 11:43 AM ET
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...more and more I see I must read My LIfe in France ...sounds like a better option than Julie and Julia!

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 10:23 AM ET
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When you read it, I would love to hear what you think of it.  

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 10:49 PM ET
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I read the book first, then saw the movie. I loved the movie so much more than the book. I love Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and their acting in this film. The food was amazing too.

The book talked too much about the French cuisine that didn't sound very appealing, such as brains and hooves. Yuck. I thought it was more about  Julie and her complaining instead of Julia Child and her story of learning to be a famous chef.

It was a interesting book, but the movie was amazing. I don't say that very often about a book, but that one, the movie was better than the book.

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Yes, i agree, and I don't think I will continue on \with the book...I usually never quit a book, but this one....not so good.  I loved Amy Adams in the movie also, and i just watched-Leap Year, with her..and once again, she makes the movie.

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Glad I opened this thread as I thought I might have been one of those rare folks who didn't like the book.  I did the audio, read by the author.  After a while I was just so bored, but only in the Julie parts.  Thank you for recommending My Life in France.

Date Posted: 7/25/2010 10:56 PM ET
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I just watched the movie for the first time the other night. Loved it! It has inspired me to do more cooking. And I agree - I love Amy Adams too.

Glad for the warning about the book. I think I'll skip it. It's not very often a movie is better than the book. My only experience with that was with The Reader. An amazing, passionate movie, but slow disappointing book.

Date Posted: 9/3/2010 4:09 PM ET
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I hated the book. I thought it was boring and self centered. I stopped about page 25. I have not seen the movie, but it has to be better than the book.

Date Posted: 9/3/2010 8:40 PM ET
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The movie is so much fun.  Makes me want to make some of Julia Childs' recipes!

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 10:22 AM ET
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OK, I'll jump in...I really enjoyed the book; thought it was great. But I'm a fairly serious cook, and reading her experiences with French cuisine was hugely enjoyable for me!

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2010 6:47 PM ET
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I also did not enjoy the book.  Loved the movie though even though I am totally clueless in the kitchen.