- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (29 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670914320
- ISBN-13: 978-0670914326
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 22.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,139,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bergdorf Blondes Hardcover – 29 Apr 2004
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'Bright and funny, BERGDORF BLONDES is haute couture chick lit' -- Candace Bushnell - Sex In The City
About the Author
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She is a contributing editor at American Vogue in New York, where she writes on fashion, society and hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is quite possibly the most annoying, superficial and down right awful book I have ever encountered in my twenty five years.
It concerns Moi as she describes what it takes to in the fashionable “in crowd” of New York City. It’s almost like a bible of awfulness, whereas you can in the bible open the book at any page and find wisdom, with this book you can read a random sentence and find a terrible, terrible line or entire paragraph. Reading it, alternately made me laugh (at the work not with), cringe and filled me with a sense of kind of despair that this was ever published and bought.
My advice read anything, ANTHING but this. Other reviews mentioned Weisberger’s work but Helen Fielding, Jane Green, Elegance are all better options. Or try something new just but not this. The sanity of the literary world is at stake.
So what is wrong with this book? Why does everyone who reads it hate it so much? Oh, there are so many reasons. Maybe it's the tone and delivery, which is an intensely irritating hybrid of wittering-English-posh-girl and witless-American-valley-teen speak, with a few French words thrown in as Sykes tries to channel Holly Golightly (it's not going to happen): 'It was tres unkind of him to be so cross after all I'd been through. I mean, hello, what about some major sympathy?'. Then there's the constant repetition of Sykes' favourite phrases: why use 'going to Brazil' as a sexual metaphor just once if you can use it a hundred times (even if it has already appeared on the TV series of Sex in the City years ago)? And occasionally the book just gets cringe-makingly climb under the sofa and die awful: 'I honestly believe that if everyone was having orgasms regularly, there wouldn't be a Palestinian conflict.Read more ›
(If I never again hear the phrase "going to Brazil", it'll be too soon)
Whilst the author may no doubt be an authority in the world of fashion and design, her writing lacks originality and wit. She is certainly no Lauren Weisberger.
However, one can't help wondering whether or not this were her intent all along? Since it is written as the narrative of the supremely irritating "Moi" - are the pointless views expressed meant to represent the thought processes of a materialistic airhead?
There have been some alarming suggestions that this vacuous book is semi-autobiographical: in which case, one dares not contemplate the mentality of the author...
Although the storyline is highly predictable, it is very easy to read: I finished the book in two days. Hence, I have generously awarded it a second star.
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