When Lynn Barber was sixteen, a stranger in a maroon sports car pulled up beside her as she was on her way home from school and offered her a ride. It was the beginning of a long journey from innocence to precocious experience—an affair with an older man that would change her life. Barber’s seducer left her with a taste for luxury hotels and posh restaurants and trips abroad, expensive habits that she managed to support in later life as a successful London journalist whose barbed interviews at once terrorized and fascinated her smart-set subjects.
A poignant, shockingly candid account of the stages in a literary life—from promiscuity at Oxford to a stint at Penthouse to a complex marriage that endured—An Education is a classic of English memoir.
This insomniac's opinion:
I "read" this book via audio book. I find that non-fiction, memoirs particularly, lend themselves to this format as it feels as though the author is personally speaking with you and telling you his/her story. I became immediately sucked into to Mrs. Barber's life story and finished this audio book in just a few days. All of her life is truly fascinating, but the section titled 'An Education'(it is this section only that the movie is based on) was by far the most fascination. Now that I've finished this book, I can't wait to see the movie!
I have to say that I adore Lynn Barber's spunk and feel that she has had a lot of fun, a lot of life in her years. It was very inspiring. She writes with energy and unique turns of phrase that makes reading this book truly fun.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Definitely worth reading, but some parts of the book have a bit of a slow pace not really suited for night reading.
Rating: 3.5 stars