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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their craft of writing The story itself is ho hum I prefer For the Benefit of Those Who See Uncanny parallel to my experience with Oriana Fallaci another brilliant ifficult writer Terrible book Teenager spends summer as servant of aged Lillian Hellman Mahoney seems intent on Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary describing every single line on every single face in Martha s Vineyard She loses Hellman for the trees and the flowers watering cans hoses lawns shoes and just about everything else she comes across that summer Too bad I liked Mahoney s book about rowingown the Nile But as much as I was prepared to islike Hellman Mahoney s adolescent narrator is not the one to judge her I was struck as I progressed through this book with the fact that I switched sympathies from the protagonist a teenage girl to the elderly and cranky Lillian Hellman This is a true story which the author based on her journals of a summer job at age seventeen housekeeping for the writer Lillian Hellman at her summer house on Martha s Vineyard Generally one identifies with the young heroine in a coming of age novel right However this young woman was so self involved so convinced that the planet ought to be recognizing her in some way and in particular that a istinguished writer ought to befriend her as well as employ her that I lost patience And thought that maybe instead of expressing her The Majors Daughter dismay andisgust with the trappings and inconveniences of old age she might show a little empathyOr maybe I am just getting old and cranky myself Rosemary Mahoney s genre bending book A Likely Story One Summer with Lillian Hellman creates a fascinating portrait of the famous writer at the same time that it tells the story of the teen Mahoney was in the summer of 1978Mahoney was 17 and went to work as a housekeeper for Lillian Hellman on Martha s Vineyard that summer This book explores her experience with Hellman Because Hellman was famous and a larger than life character the book operates a bit as a biography but truly it s Mahoney s coming of age memoirHer father had passed away her mother was an alcoholic and Rosemary needed a job She was about as euipped to be a housekeeper as I would have been at 17 which is to say not at all She had read Hellman s memoir An Unfinished Woman and idolized herIf you thought you knew Hellman you will soon learn that there is a lot to find out The picture Mahoney creates of the older woman is not positive or uplifting but it certainly glitters with star power Under Mahoney s pen Hellman is not a nice. Now in paperback from the author of the acclaimed Whoredom in Kimmage a moving controversial and supremely intelligent memoir of a bright and vulnerable teenager's hellish summer jobIn 1978 Rosemary Mahoney an aspiring young writer of seventeen wrote her personal idol Lillian Hellman inuiring whet.
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Held my interest but I would have enjoyed a memoir about her family than one about the famous author I actually never heard of her with whom she lived for a summerHere s why I ended up with the 2 star ecision there was no relief from the negativity The woman with whom she lived Lillian Hellma It s funny I spent a summer working on Martha s Vineyard too Walter Cronkite hired me to help maintain his sailboat and I had a similar experience Hey you there what am I paying you for my boat is a mess he said one ay Yes I noticed that too Wally I said I called him Wally he idn t seem to like that but I thought it seemed a bit less formal than Mr Cronkite or Walter I thought a casual attitude would lead to iscussions of my feelings and ideas rather than force us to focus on what I had been hired to Different Class do which was to make sure his sail boat remained sea worthy Well could you get some workone why The Essential Good Food Guide did I hire you I wish you would ask me about my feelings I have thoughts and opinions you know What about my ideas on US foreign policy Let s sitown and Textbook of Wisdom discuss the news of theay Wally I thought you knew about sail boats you haven t In Defence of Dogs done any work here at all What about me I cried and yes I cried a lot Weeping on theeck of the sail boat while sitting in a lounge chair and working on my tan That s the way it is you lazy bum that s the way it is Now get to work What a kidder that Wa I can t believe I m giving such a low rating to such a well written book This is Mahoney s memory of the summer she was 17 and worked as Lillian Hellman s housekeeper on Martha s Vineyard Guess what Hellman treated her as if she were an employee She never invited Mahoney to eat with her or to join her and famous guests for rinks When Hellman was served her meals she expected Mahoney to leave the room not join her for breakfast She expected Mahoney to clean the floors and cook the meals and help her ress Can you imagine that she expected this of the woman she hired to work for her At this point in her life Hellman is 73 close to blind alcoholic scared unable to The City in Mind do much without help Mahoney is so ungenerous in her portrait of Hellmann so mean spirited it is shocking Do we really need aescription of how awful her 73 year old breasts look Is it necessary to repeatedly mention her yellowed teeth wrinkled skin etc And most of the shocking stuff Hellmann supposedly id is far from She cheated at Scrabble She passed off cheap wine as expensive wine She cursed She yelled Big surprise Well written yes but so mean spirited that it was impossible for me to enjoy. S of the acerbic Hellman and her retinue of celebrated acuaintances By turns heartbreaking and uproariously funny A Likely Story portrays the coming of age of a brilliant and troubled young woman a universal tale of illusions shattered and an object lesson in the often misdirected search for heroe.
Person and Mahoney grows to espise her even so there is some sort of attachment between the two women After all Mahoney was completely unsuited for the job and could should have been fired by Hellman at any moment A very complicated relationship shapes up as the book goes onReading what Mahoney went through with Hellman made me think there is some truth to this expression whatever No One Wants You doesn t kill you makes you stronger Mahoney learned invaluable lessons that summer maybe most importantly not to fear anyone else and to have confidence This could have been titled I Was a Clueless and Resentful Teenager and Lillian Hellman Was No Picnic Either The poor things Seems they both had a really bad summer If you have any remaining illusions that Lillian Hellman was a nice person read this book But I think it s greater appeal is as a cautionary tale against hero worship and about the importance of seeking out your own path however slowifficult and The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity dreary that search might be Unlike some of the other reviewers I m pretty sure the author is fully aware of how unrealistic her youthful expectations were I think that s the whole point There is some humor and pathos in that Teenagers are miserable byesign And as for the frail and failing Hellman well she had her reasons not all of them admirable But this makes me glad I spent my 17th summer safely in Ohio This is the Mahoney s recollection of a summer she spent when she was 17 years old as Lillian Hellman s housekeeper a woman she alternately idolizes and Penguins Poems for Life despises Mahoney is honest andoesn t come off as favorably as her mentor but for that she and her mentor should both be given credit Hellman idn t write that prettily about herself either There were moments in the book that I wanted to sit the 17 year old Mahoney own and say What id you expect You lied your way into a job you know you are not ualified for and you think Hellman should fawn all over you like some prodigy when you on t give any indication of being anything than a sullen resentful childMahoney seems to take great pleasure in Divine Beauty describing the aged and withered body of Ms Hellman focusing on her infirmities as if they were flaws in character or a personal affront to Mahoney s own wish for a Hellman who would be her best buddy and forgo her own personal taste in food in order to satisfy M This is a tough review because I vacillated between a 2 and 4 star which seems strange but here s the thing Other than an excessive use of metaphors it was beautifully and frankly written In some ways it was a good story or at least it. Her the famed woman of American letters might needomestic help for the summer When Hellman responded affirmatively Mahoney imagined an idyll on Martha's Vineyard of mentoring and friendship But in reality Mahoney's summer unfolded into an exuisite and grueling exercise in humiliation at the hand.