Saturday, November 3, 2012

Seduced by Chris Greenhalgh's Seducing Ingrid Bergman

As many of you may or may not know this month marks the 70th anniversary of one of history's greatest films, Casablanca. This film featured Humphrey Bogart and of course Ingrid Bergman in what is widely regarded as her most famous and enduring roll. As fans of a starlet that is now so far removed from us by time, it is often difficult to remember that such an electric presence on film was in reality a human being with weaknesses and faults not unlike ourselves.

As WWII drew to a close in Europe the wildly successful Ingrid Bergman made the voyage from Los Angeles to Paris, France to entertain the troops where quite by accident she encountered established war photographer, Robert Capa. Married and the mother of one child, the resulting affair between Bergman and Capa changed both their lives and is said to have inspired the relationship featured in Alfred Hitchcock's film, Rear Window.

This deeply magnetic affair is the basis for Chris Greenhalgh's enthralling novel Seducing Ingrid Bergman, released by Penguin Books on November 1st. Greenhalgh is the author of a screenplay (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinski), a novel and three volumes of poetry all of which shine through in the expressive language used to develop Seducing Ingrid Bergman.

(Left to right): Rouge Baiser L'Authentique Lipstick Moderato, Tom Ford Lipstick Wild Ginger featured against Chris Greenhalgh's Seducing Ingrid Bergman

While reading the  novel I commented to a friend that Greenhalgh's writing is some of the most beautiful and incredibly descriptive work I've read for quite some time. Seducing Ingrid Bergman has so many strengths that it's almost difficult to name them all without sounding effusive. As a reader I often steer away from modern romances as I find them either too idealistic or too gritty, yet Greenhalgh manages to strike a balance between the two that makes the relationship in the novel ring true. Seducing Ingrid Bergman paints the very real picture of what likely took place between the couple: a man trapped in himself and his experiences at war and a woman trapped within her image and reputation. Greenhalgh so vividly paints Bergman and Capa in Paris and Los Angeles that one truly feels present during some of the most triumphantly moving and heart wrenching moments of the novel.

Above: Ingrid Bergman and Robert Capa

I've not only been taken in by Greenhalgh's Seducing Ingrid Bergman but also by the characters themselves both on the page and in their very real lives. One of the greatest gifts an author can give us is such a wonderful reading experience that we are left with the insatiable urge to know more. Judging by my research about the couple over the last few days, sudden desire to watch all of my favorite Bergman movies and inescapable feeling that I need to read Seducing Ingrid Bergman again I would say that this book has truly made its mark on me.

The generous people at Penguin Books UK have offered to provide ten copies of Chris Greenhalgh's new release, Seducing Ingrid Bergman as prizes for literature loving readers of Getting Cheeky! The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, November 13th at which point I will contact the winners. 

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Good luck and happy reading!

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