Book Nook: Enchantment – Donald Spoto

I can’t remember the last time somebody asked me who my celebrity crush is. Do people still care about that, or is that something people generally grow out of?

Regardless, I’ve been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn for years. I had an apartment when I was 26 with a designated Audrey Hepburn wall. If somebody ever would have broken into that apartment, they most likely wouldn’t have guessed they were in a 26-year-old man’s apartment.

But who cares…Not the 26-year-old who got to look at Audrey Hepburn every day, that’s for sure.

When I found Enchantment selling for only a dollar or two, I knew I needed it as a part of my library. I already had another biography of Audrey Hepburn, but I had only read a couple chapters before I gave up. Biographies…

Give me a memoir any day. Biographies, on the other hand, are pretty hit-and-miss

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on biographical stories as a whole. The Boys in the Boat was fantastic, but that book was formatted as a novel.

Enchantment, however, was formatted like your average biography. It’s basically a long report of everything that Donald Spoto learned about Audrey Hepburn from his research.

Just, SPLAT – Here’s the information you asked for…

It was definitely readable – and it’s always nice to learn more about somebody you admire so much – but I think there could have been more of a story and less of straight-up facts.

There were also a couple moments when I decided to look up something Spoto mentioned, and both times he was incorrect. The first was something he claimed happened at the Oscars, but it happened at the Golden Globes. The second was a direct quote from a movie, and he misquoted it.

I couldn’t really take the book seriously, at that point.

Oh well. It’s a book with Audrey Hepburn on the cover, so I think I’ll keep it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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