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Doesn't get better than MM reading her own life story
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
Miriam Margolyes is probably a lot quirkier than even her biggest fans realize. Quirky to a delightful extent but also surprisingly serious minded at times. Loved the entire book but one thing that bugged me a little is her obsession with being Jewish. Not in the religious sense, but in the cultural/historical sense. Of course the Holocaust was an enormous tragedy and worthy of lengthy comment; but she seems to think the general public is much more prejudiced against Jews than they are. She talks about introducing herself to strangers as being Jewish -- out of nowhere, just to see how people respond. And she interprets uncomfortable responses as people having a problem with Jews. That strikes me as ludicrous, because who wouldn't be surprised and uncomfortable being hit with that little tidbit upon shaking hands or something. Most people would just think "ok, so...?" and wonder where she was going with that or if they missed something. It's fine if being Jewish is a huge deal to her, but Jewish-ness isn't a big deal to most people. That said, this book is a must read. She's an amazing performer and an amazing friend.