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Corked: A Memoir Hardcover – Sep 2 2009


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Sept. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470153903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470153901
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was cute, had some well written passages but also had some weird moments, seemed like she was sharing with her therapist some dark moments of her past and struggling to bond with her father. I was a little disappointed in the book, which had a strong beginning, weak middle and average end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 6 2010
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Despite the fact that she has spent her life being parented by him, Kathryn Borel feels that she doesn't truly know her father. Phillipe Borel is a retired hotelier and a former chef, and wine is his passion- something that he has tried to pass on to his daughter and failed. Despite the fact that Kathryn and her father are so much alike in many other aspects, this is one way in which they differ. After a death and an accident Kathryn realizes that life is fragile and that her dad will not be around forever, so she embarks on a two-week wine tour with her father in an attempt to get to know him better.

Kathryn and Phillipe tour through Alsace, Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone, and the Languedoc tasting wines, liquor, French breads, and cheeses along the way. They encounter a bout of food poisoning, rude winery owners, and new friends, and at the end of the trip they will either have killed each other because they are so alike or Kathryn will understand more about her father because she has explored his great passion in life- wine.

I love a great memoir; I like being able to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, experience a new era or way of life, or travel through countries that I've never been to. Unfortunately "Corked" didn't do anything for me. I found myself feeling indifferent as I read, often thinking "So what?". I'm not sure why exactly this one didn't resonate with me more than it did, seeing as I also have a father who loves me deeply, but whom I am too similar to, so frequently arrive at misunderstandings with. The journies through wine country, the wine tastings, and the vineyards just didn't make me care enough about the story to actually enjoy it. At times I found it to be rather forced, this journey to understand her father.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kit Black on Oct. 6 2009
Format: Hardcover
An excruciatingly honest story of the relationship between father and daughter...written with a distinctive style laced with humour to make you laugh out loud and emotions to make you deeply sad...writing of a courageous frankness. Borel dares to say and write what many think but do not dare to utter. A page turner which you cannot lay down until you have finished it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Rae on May 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
The father has no likable qualities, neither has the daughter. They are both self absorbed and I am glad I don't know either one of them.
A book about wine and France, with no mention of food except dry toast.
Absolutely awful!!!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sol on Nov. 16 2009
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Kathryn's story in a way parallels my own relationship with my father - infuriating, estranged at times, and one that is far more confusing than I'd like it to be.

After reading this book, I found myself wanting to go explore France for myself. The book itself is an easy read - and I say that in a good way. It doesn't get bogged down in any kind of aggravating self-importance (something too many books fall prey too), and is a great read when you just want to enjoy life.
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