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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books; First Edition edition (Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038550926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385509268
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,876,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a killer title: The Devil Wears Prada. And it's killer material: author Lauren Weisberger did a stint as assistant to Anna Wintour, the all-powerful editor of Vogue magazine. Now she's written a book, and this is its theme: narrator Andrea Sachs goes to work for Miranda Priestly, the all-powerful editor of Runway magazine. It turns out Miranda is quite the bossyboots. That's pretty much the extent of the novel, but it's plenty. Miranda's behaviour is so insanely over-the-top that it's a gas to see what she'll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from the real-life antics of the woman who's been called Anna "Nuclear" Wintour. For instance, when Miranda goes to Paris for the collections, Andrea receives a call back at the New York office (where, incidentally, she's not allowed to leave her desk to eat or go to the bathroom, lest her boss should call). Miranda bellows over the line: "I am standing in the pouring rain on the rue de Rivoli and my driver has vanished. Vanished! Find him immediately!"

This kind of thing is delicious fun to read about, though not as well written as its obvious antecedent, The Nanny Diaries. And therein lies the essential problem of the book. Andrea's goal in life is to work for The New Yorker--she's only sticking it out with Miranda for a job recommendation. But author Weisberger is such an inept, ungrammatical writer, you're positively rooting for her fictional alter ego not to get anywhere near The New Yorker. Still, Weisberger has certainly one-upped Me Times Three author Alix Witchel, whose magazine-world novel never gave us the inside dope that was the book's whole raison d'être. For the most part, The Devil Wears Prada focuses on the outrageous Miranda Priestly, and she's an irresistible spectacle. --Claire Dederer, Amazon.com

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PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:

‘This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.’ REAL

‘Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.’ COMPANY

‘The most fun we've had in ages.’ HEAT

‘Delicious…a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.’ RED

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Victoria VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I was really surprised to read all the so-so reviews about this book. I picked it up in an English Bookshop in Spain, needing something light-hearted after Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and while I wouldn't dare compare the two books (the latter is a work of genius) I found The Devil Wears Prada a great book to lounge on the beach with.

It tells the story of Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who lands a job as personal assisstant to Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of fashion bible Runway. Andrea has no interest at all in fashion, and takes the job as a stepping stone to serious journalism. However, Miranda soon proves to be the boss-from-hell. Taking on this job drains Andrea's soul as she loses contact with the outside world, casting aside her family, friends and boyfriend in order to meet Miranda's outrageous demands.

While I would hesitate to call the novel funny, it is a larger-than-life look at how people sell their souls to the workplace and their bosses. It is difficult to comprehend the tasks that Andrea is asked to complete, and if indeed the author's stint working for Anna Wintour was anything like this, I feel sorry for her! It is not a masterpiece of prose fiction; however it is an easy read and perfect escapism from what we all think to be a tough old life. I can see why it has been made into a film - think Bidget Jones with a touch more sarcasm trying to totter around in 6inch Jimmy Choos with a tray of Starbucks coffee in one hand and a takeout lunch in the other, and that is Andrea Sachs. I have awarded it 4 stars because it was a light hearted, easy read, perfect for a holiday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gabby on 10 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book isn't the best book I've ever read by far, but I really don't understand all the 1 and 2 star ratings when it's a really entertaining read! It's not exceptionally moving or groundbreaking, but it's a gripping book that you'll enjoy from start to finish as you learn more about the characters. Somebody said Andrea was one dimensional - the book's plot doesn't allow for her to develop properly, that's true - but it doesn't stop her being a fun and likeable main character. I'd definitely recommend it especially for a holiday read. The film didn't live up to the book at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 21 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Many reviews have criticised the endless descriptions of designer clothes, but for those who enjoy descriptions of beautiful designer clothes those may well be your favourite parts of the book. I found the passages describing Andy's job the most enjoyable parts of the book; the sense of getting an insider glimpse into the fashion industry makes them exciting, and the events described are full of glamour, luxury and extravagance. It is great escapism into the fashion world.
This is no literary masterpiece; Weisberger's writing is mediocre at best. Her fast-paced narrative and exciting subject matter (the fashion industry as well as a twenty-something's coming-of-age) make this an entertaining read. But the writing itself, the dialogue and the characterisation is either bad or just very average. So this is great for chick-lit and but don't expect anything more.
My biggest criticism of this book is the characterisation of Andy. She comes across as an incredibly rude, lazy, immature, arrogant smart-ass who is completely ungrateful for what is, after all, an amazing career opportunity. The majority of the book is just her whining about her boss and the fashion industry (all the usual hackneyed barbs like `they want people to be skinny' etc). Often I felt disgusted by her attitude towards work. Case in point: at the end of the book she sarcastically lists all the (in her opinion useless) skills she's learnt working for Runway e.g. "how to plead with, charm, persuade, cajole anyone to get exactly what I needed, when I needed it, how to complete just about any challenge in under an hour .... It had been nothing if not a learning-rich year." In fact, all of these are incredibly useful skills to have in the working world, but she just derides them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 15 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I agree with some of the opinions of other reviewers on this site. This semi-autobiographical roman a clef novel is undemanding, fairly light-hearted entertainment, but does not fulfil its full potential. I agree that the characterisation of Andrea Sachs, the protagonist, is one-dimensional, and that there are loose ends within the storyline which could have been explored further. I felt that Andrea came across as quite immature in some situations and felt disgusted at her attitude in certain scenarios; for example her debating over whether to spit in her manager's drink/ lick the ice cubes for her Pellegrino/ setting out her manager's take out lunch with her bare hands /serving her breakfast onto an unwashed plate...ugh!! I felt that the character of Alex, her dedicated teacher boyfriend, could have been developed further in order for him to act as a type of literary foil to the character of Andrea, i.e. he represents the grounded 'real world' whilst Andrea succumbs to the seductive glamour of the world of fashion and compromises her principles in the process. I agree also that the standard of proof reading throughout this book leaves a lot to be desired. I found it irritating when reading to encounter typos such as 'Bobby Brown' instead of 'Bobbi Brown', and'Alberto Ferretti' instead of 'Alberta Ferretti' for example, as it is a sign of a lack of attention to detail and general carelessness. To summarise, "The Devil wears Prada" is the kind of book to read if you don't want to stimulate your brain cells too much. I quite enjoyed it, but it feels as if there is something missing.
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