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Bergdorf Blondes Hardcover – 29 Apr 2004

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Product details

  • 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)

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Plum Sykes was born in London in 1969, the daughter of a fashion designer and an art dealer. She was educated at Oxford, where she studied Modern History. She started her career as a lowly intern at British Vogue in London, and in 1997 was offered a job as a fashion writer by Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief at American Vogue. She moved to New York to take up the position, and covered fashion and society for the magazine. In 2003 she started writing her first comic novel, Bergdorf Blondes, which was published in 2004 and stayed on the New York Times Bestseller List for 16 weeks, and became a Best Seller in the UK and in many countries around the world. She published her second novel, The Debutante Divorcee, in 2006. She has written various teleplays and screenplays, and continues to work for American Vogue as a Contributing Editor. Plum now lives in England with her husband and two children, Ursula and Tess. She plans to start her third novel, a comedy set in England, in 2011.

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'Bright and funny, BERGDORF BLONDES is haute couture chick lit' -- Candace Bushnell - Sex In The City

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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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Format: Hardcover
The weirdest thing about this book is that I know it sells. I don’t know how but it does.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I love books like this, or the idea of them- light, funny, gossipy insights into New York, like The Nanny, S&TC or The Devil Wears Prada. But this is TERRIBLE! It's never funny, and unbeliveably stupid. I think the author maybe thinks she's Oscar Wilde or something, only without the witty clever interesting bits. One huge problem is that there's no description of what it's like- maybe the writer is terrified fo losing friends so describes everyone as lovely in the most one dimensional way. This is pisspoor writing in a nice jacket.
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By Em1 on 13 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
First thing: please, whatever you do, don't fall into the trap of thinking this is a so-bad-it's-good novel. It's just rubbish. At first I couldn't believe they'd got Candace Bushnell to blurb it, but now I see it was an act of sublime strategy on her part- you can't help to appreciate just how brilliant and sharp and funny her writing is after reading this flabby, empty and shallow nothingness, especially as Sykes even tries to ape (sorry, 'channel') Bushnell at some points- 'I read all the time,' said Jolene. 'I would estimate I read Vogue magazine at least once a day.'(Bergdorf Blondes) '...Alexis said, 'I'm literary. I read. I'll sit down and read a whole magazine from cover to cover.' (Sex and the City).
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.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
I hate to disappoint any of you who, like me, were looking forward to the sharp and witty read of Trading Up or The Devil Wears Prada. I was waiting impatiently for its publication and was delighted to pick up a copy last week. Started reading it straight away and, after only ten pages or so, was feeling terribly confused and cheated because it's absolutely dreadful. The plot line is awfully weak, the main character "Moi" is characterless and the book is, quite frankly, one hell of a bore. I was hoping for the low down on the NY elite, with a bit of cynical commentry but after only half-way through, I have put it down for good. I can't take another page. Goodness knows why Plum Sykes has shot her chances at a potentially explosive theme - threats from Anna Wintour perhaps? This is a children's book at best. Do yourself a favour - don't waste your money!!
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Format: Hardcover
This is hands-down the worst book that I have ever had the misfortune of reading. It is absolutely agonizing. I kept reading expecting, no, hoping that it would improve, but I found it to be completely inane. It is devoid of well, everything you might ever look for in a book. I would rather read my refrigerator manual than have to read this book again.
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Format: Hardcover
Dreadful, boring, and calling the main character Moi. I eagerly awaited Plum's first novel however it had little depth or story line, lacked wit and in parts was generally so pathetic it made me wonder what type of person writes such self absorbed drool. Devil wears Prada is a far more enjoyable ...
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Format: Paperback
I was attracted to the book's glossy cover, and anticipated an interesting, light-hearted soufflé. However, I was most disappointed by the author's tiring style: in particular, her somewhat childish practice of repeating phrases ad nauseum.
(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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