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DON'T LIVE WITH YOUR HEROES
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2014
I believe this is the problem with this book--and that the writer was so overwhelmed by her subject, that her own writing went down the tubes.
Nunez and Sontag's son met while Nunez applied for a job with Sontag. Based mostly on her looks, the son began a relationship with the young woman. (It is unclear about how deeply she was into the relationship with the young man.) Her own emotions are surprisingly missing throughout this account. Instead, we hear of some "tidbits" about her idol--and then a few more, with increasing criticism, which leads to the reader's distrust of Nunez. At least, it did mine. Her reflections on the time she lived with both Sontags are guarded, at best. She is also constantly name dropping and seems enamored by the life Susan Sontag had acquired more than the life she was living with Susan Sontag and son. As such, we seem to get a glimpse of a young woman who graduated from an ivy league situation where she had been "chosen" to be mentored by some academic hotshots whom she constantly compared and contrasted to Frau Sontag. Unfairly so. Sontag was NOT her professor. As far as "mentorship", one only gets from a mentor what that mentor has to give--to expect a certain professional bar, or code, is to court disappointment. This is what Nunez leaves the household with: two failed relationships and little of the "star contacts" she seemed to expect she would make while living there.
For Sontag fans, this book will probably anger you. For Nunez fans...well...I don't know any, so, I cannot say.