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I think the unveiling of the other side of the life of Lamar is interesting and well told. I'm unsure what factual nature there is in the minute details but it is a fascinating story of a woman from history.
An inspiring book about a remarkable woman. This is a fictionalised account of screen siren Hedy Lamarr, known for her beauty, but not recognised until recently for her outstanding contribution to science. The first part of the book is set in pre-WW2 Austria, where as an aspiring actress she is forced into marriage with a notorious arms dealer. As the trophy wife she is privy to many dinner parties and clandestine meetings between powerful heads of state, and with her amazing intelligence she takes in a lot more than those that dismissed her as an airhead realise. Fast forward to the second part of the book, she has escaped Austria and her abusive marriage. She lands in Hollywood where she soon becomes a famous screen star, but behind the façade hides a guilt about the plight of her people in Austria during WW2, that she feels she didn't do enough to try to save before she fled. So using the knowledge of those pre-war meetings she starts to devise a weapon to try to bring an end to the war more swiftly. Honestly, before I read this book I didn't know much about Hedy Lamarr, except for being a Hollywood starlet. Marie Benedict tells a well researched tale about a woman that the world owes a lot to. Not a lot is known about her days in Austria, but Benedict's version could well be very close to the truth. I. for one, have a newfound respect for Lamarr, and will have to look out for some of her movies. A recommended read for those who love inspirational women. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a biographical story about the life of Hedy Lamarr. She was a beautiful young actress in Austria when she found herself being courted by an rich arms dealer. The first part of this book is about her life with him. The second part is about her early life in Hollywood and then the impetus for her to start working on her inventions. She was not only beautiful but brilliant too. This book is well written and tells her story well.
I remember hearing about the fact that Hedy Lamarr was an innovator & that she had developed something to help in the war effort. Beyond that, I knew nothing about her. Finding out more of her story was very interesting. It was also very disappointing but not surprising that the armed forces were so blinkered that they would forego the chance to develop technology that could have helped them in the war effort. It's infuriating. That type of blindness continues to this day; not just with regard to women's abilities. Hope As for the writing of the character, she somehow remained distant. Reading the book was a little like watching a newsreel. I'm still glad I read it and will read this author again if given the chance.
This account of the "real" Hedy reveled a woman who was more than a pretty face, and that made the book worth reading. A major problem for this reader, however, was the fact that the book, fictionalized history, is written in the 1st person . The author puts words in Hedy's mouth that occasionally lack a sense of authenticity. It isn't an easy task to "think" and "speak" for a character when the reader knows that at one time she/he was a real person. There is a tendency to ask oneself if those thoughts and comments are used solely to advance the author's account, or if , in fact, they actually could have occurred. This became most noticeable in references to Hedy's romances and marriages. Who really knows what goes on in a marriage?
An absorbing and timely novel examining the age old problem of underestimating a beautiful woman with brains. Her life of privilege but also of personal strife and marital abuse lends the novel a lot of its humanity and understanding of Hedy Lamarr's conflicts of ambition and her feelings of guilt by keeping silent when she could have acted. Her scientific mind provided her with an avenue to redemption and her contributions to the war effort are reason enough to read this book. We have her ( and her friend George Antheil) to thank for WiFi.