The book? It's a highly entertaining read. Wry. Funny. Poignant. Chock full of operatic luminaries. One passage, about Jellink's interviewing Alexander Kipnis, made me laugh and cry.
Alexander Kipnis (1891-1978)
When I honored the late Alexander Kipnis on his 80th birthday in 1971, he regaled my listeners and me with the following reminiscence: "In my childhood in Ukraine, Jewish parents of musically gifted children had several options. If they were wealthy, they bought a piano for their kid; if they were middle class people, they bought a violin. My parents were poor, so I became a singer." When I asked for his thoughts on why there have been so many distinguished bassos among Russian singers, he quite seriously attributed that fortuitous phenomenon to the cultivation of vodka.
He's a truth-teller, this Mr. Jellinek. Tells it like he heard it. I like the man all the more.