“The smile on his face as he moved in weightless liberation would have moved the stars,”
This is the memoir of Stephen Hawking’s wife, on which the 2014 movie The Theory of Everything, is based. Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous scientists in history and while the film was incredibly sugar-coated, the book defines how hard being married to the world-famous physicist must have been. The difficulties of living with someone potentially living on borrowed time with motor neurone disease seem all too real.
There is obviously a huge bias on this book, but its to be expected. I didn’t feel as emotionally-rung at the end of the book but it was still interesting to read about their journey together even if it did not end in the romantic movie ending everyone expects. As a couple they obviously went through a great deal, including Stephen’s celebrity status and the eventual breakdown of their 25-year-long marriage. The post-script of the book brings something of finality, if not joyous then at least
A dense read, this served me well on train journeys. Its worth a read, and the film is worth watching despite its sickly sweet, Hollywood-esque nature.
MY RATING: ***.5 / *****