Eclair sat in for on from Tuesday 30 August until Friday 2 September 2011. Most of the characters are unlikeable, but totally recognisable; and I love a book that makes me want to read it, even if I find the characters unengaging. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages. Such a shame as I now have another 3 of her books which I feel I should read just so I haven't wasted my money. That's not a criticism though, we can all pretend that people like those featured don't exist, especially self-centred and spiteful Anna, but deep down, we know they do. I was desperate to start and after a couple chapters in I was waiting for something to get me hooked, unfortunately I was still waiting to be hooked after 100 pages. Interested in perspective of others!!! Each story is full of comic insight and realistic observation of contemporary British life and focuses on the very different lives of a set of characters living in the same street.
In momentul în care Anna și familia ei se muta în Casa Roz, o casă încântătoare, Jo, care locuiește în apropiere face tot posibilul pentru a se împrieteni cu aceasta, lucru pe care în final îl va regreta amarnic. This is a satellite-dish-free zone of tall houses, standing shoulder to shoulder with big front doors, five floors apiece. I remember it so well, I remember the sharp wit and the great plot, I remember reading it on a rainy afternoon in Corfu, sitting in a bar and just soaking up the story. I was desperate to start and after a couple chapters in I was waiting for something to get me hooked, unfortunately I was still waiting to be hooked after 100 pages. I first read it several years ago and it has been languishing in my loft until a recent clear out bought it to light again. Each story is full of comic insight and realistic observation of contemporary British life and focuses on the very different lives of a set of characters living in the same street. They were all pretty wretched human beings.
That said i laughed and grimaced as the tale progressed. But happiness is a fragile thing and hairline cracks in a perfect world can become craters of misery. This is where the actors, writers and media types li…. Come inside, shut the door and smell the coffee: you could almost be in Kensington. But certainly not a page turner.
She has written three novels, as well as contributed to many comedic anthologies. To view it, Set out very excitedly to read this book as it came highly recommended by a friend when I expressed my desire to explore Brit authors and such. At first it was looking like it was just going to be one liners as you'd expect from a stand up comedian. The proof-reader should have picked this up. I was eager to read these and have not been disappointed.
Romanul disecă în mod minunat problemele vieții urbane. I enjoyed every single story, which for me is quite unusual in a short story collection, as I usually find that there's one or two that don't quite work. Twenty four stories, with twenty four female lead characters. Was Anna crazy always and that is what led her down this path and got her to this destination. She is said to have adopted the alternative surname Eclair later her stage name in her teens, when she was at a in and pretended to be French.
This is her first novel. And the ending, although I saw part of it coming. I found all of the characters so awful which may sound odd but each one had very few likeable traits! The reason I wanted to read it was Camberwell. Let me start by saying that this is no chick lit book! Welcome to South London, to one of the nicest streets in one of London's vilest boroughs, a determined middle-class oasis of skips and bay trees, where Volvos sniff each others' bumpers and men called Giles live with women called Samantha. Oh, and I love Jenny Eclair and can't wait for her new book out in a few days! Jenny Eclair is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Camberwell Beauty; Having a Lovely Time; Life, Death and Vanilla Slices and Moving. Seriously after coming to care for the one reasonable person in the book, Jo, I'd prefer to believe everyone else's character was developed after long nights of drunkenness and being pissed off at different people along the way! Full of humour and witty observation, this book also has a dark heart.
The leitmotif of this book seems to be farting - not exactly something you would expect from chick-lit, but, hey, we live in the 21st century. I couldn't connect with either of the mothers, and by the end yes, I perservered I didn't care one jot about any of them. Alcoholic mothers,anxious parents, wandering husbands, nannies and au pairs etc. Interested in perspective of others!!! I was desperate to start and after a couple chapters in I was waiting for something to get me hooked, unfortunately I was still waiting to be hooked after 100 pages. Jo deserves so much better. The ending knocked me for six and possibly could have ended differently. For the residents of Lark Grove, events collide like cars on a fogbound motorway.
Hope it is as good. I've not read any of her books before so was really pleased when all 4 arrived through the post. Unfortunately I didn't find any Camberwell in the book apart from ocassional mentioning of streets and bus numbers or beauty for that matter. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. For the residents of Lark Grove, events collide like cars on a fogbound motorway. I have lived in seven different places in Camberwell.
It was supposed to be 2 stars but I updgraded it to three stars because the storyline was carried out interestingly and kept me hooked. Some people are luckier than others; fortune smiles on some and gobs on the rest. And the ending, although I saw part of it coming. Was Anna crazy always and that is what led her down this path and got her to this destination. I've since read this author's other books and was really delighted to find that she had put together a selection of short stories. I guess it all gave a clarity to the characters and their sad, often confused lives and made you grateful not to be one of them! They were all pretty wretched human beings.