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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251348
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kartowidjojo on 3 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback
Anne Marie is a possessed Holly-Golightly-on-acid character. She's not just an unreliable narrator: she is deliberately obfuscatory and confusing. What we know about her is that she is 23 years old, fiendishly good looking, has attended Cambridge University and is a rude, spoiled unpleasant bore. That might not be entirely Pilger's intention, but that is certainly what comes across.

There is a fine line between a mental illness and just being a horrible waste of human space, and Anne Marie seems to be on the waste of space side. The action traces a few weeks in Anne Marie's life and the lives of `set' who are gay, and rich, and arty-farty in the extreme as they knock around Clapham believing themselves to be just amazing. Once again, it is hard to know if Pilger feels the same. Are fabulously or are they disgusting?

Meanwhile, to recover from and absolutely devasting split with her one true love, Sebastian, Anne Marie has picked up a `bit of rough', an ex-squaddie who was either witness to, or perpetrated, a vile war crime in some central European woods. The plot crashes through clubs, restaurants, charity shops, gyms and squats without ever coming together to form anything like a story.

One wonders what people like me thought the first time they saw TROPIC OF CANCER or NAKED LUNCH or even A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE. You can't strip away everything - you can do without plot, characters, development, denouement, structure: you can even do without spelling if you're Joyce. But you can't do without almost all them. Something needs to `happen'. The main problem with Pilger's work is that she frequently seems to be highly skilled and there is constant doubt in the reader's mind, the nagging uncertainty, that this might not be the rubbish it seems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helena Ware on 13 Mar 2014
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LOve love loved this book.
Read it if you are 20-30 something and identify with the trials of Anne Marie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N.W. Coast on 3 Mar 2014
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Pitch-perfect skewering of, well, pretty much everyone. The dialogue crackles along, the gags are timed to perfection, and underneath it all there's a commendable desire to redress the balance - calling out the pornification of sex and the objectification of women above all, this is exploitation-lit being reclaimed by an angry young feminist, and it's totally thrilling and utterly hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trixie on 14 July 2014
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I don't think I've ever read a book before and not been able to find something positive about it but now I have. This book is utter tripe! Weird and pointless! Don't waste your time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. D. E. Spender on 12 Feb 2014
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Loved this. The Rachel Papers meets Judith Butler. Excruciatingly funny satire of modern London life. Very promising first novel from Zoe Pilger.
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By Anna Basten on 11 July 2014
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Very odd book! Didn't enjoy!
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