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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034911403X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349114033
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Candace Bushnell is the best-selling author of 'Sex and the City' - the global phenomenon that began as a column in the New York Observer and went on to become an HBO cult hit TV series, best-selling novel and a box office smash in 2008 (with a sequel released May 2010). She is married and lives in Manhattan.

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Candace Bushnell made her reputation as the creator of the hit US TV series Sex and the City, based on her book of the same name (based in turn on her Eros-intensive New York Observer column). In Four Blondes, she returns with a quartet of novellas on her favourite subject--the mating habits of wealthy, sex-, status- and media-obsessed New Yorkers. These are people for whom a million or two does not make you rich, and who consider Louis Vuitton and Prada bare necessities. Janey Wilcox, for example, is a former model who each summer chooses a house in the Hamptons--or rather, picks up a wealthy man with a pricey rental. With one movie in her past, her "lukewarm celebrity was established and she figured out pretty quickly that it could get her things and keep on getting them, as long as she maintained her standards". Yet even Janey eventually realises that what she's getting isn't exactly what she wants. Cecelia, on the other hand, has gotten the ultimate prize: a royal husband. Still, she finds herself descending into paranoia as the Manhattan media circus reports her every flaw. Then there is Winnie Diekes, a high-powered magazine columnist whose marriage flounders as she pushes her unambitious husband to write the book that will make him--and her--famous.

Finally, in the most clearly autobiographical story, a writer gives up on the commitment-impaired men of New York and goes to London to find a husband. There she trawls for the so-called typical Englishman--"a guy who had sex with his socks on, possessed a microscopic willy, and came in two minutes". Bushnell is famous for this sort of sexual brashness, and the book is full of her sharp wit, both in and out of the boudoir. She also clearly enjoys her characters and their misadventures, with one exception: the politically correct Winnie, with her distaste for alcohol, night life, and casual sex, inspires an odd sort of authorial contempt. Otherwise, though, the Bushnell's ironic takes on the sexual foibles of the rich and famous are mordant, mischievous fun. --Lesley Reed

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Stiletto-sharp wit and dialogue...A compulsive read. (OK MAGAZINE)

Extremely funny, but it's a hard boiled humour with a cruel edge. (OBSERVER)

Bushnell is a fabulous writer who captures her world in hard, glittering prose. (EVE)

Thank God this book is about four separate people- if it were about one, I wouldn't have been able to put it doen at all- stylishly presented in dark and illuminating chunks. (IRISH TATLER)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Most readers will probably come to this book via being fans of T.V.'s "Sex & The City". Which, in a way, is a pity - it means a lot of other people will miss out on it. Yes, there are elements here the show has picked up on - but with an added depth (or shallowness?) of human life. Think 21st century Damon Runyon, with a femail bias, and you just about have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ella on 10 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
I was extremely pleased with Four Blondes. I had very much enjoyed reading Sex and the City for its dark humour and wit, and had assumed that Four Blondes would be unlikely to live up to the same caliber. However I was proved wrong.
Like S&TC, Four Blondes is a collection of short stories, this time focusing on the four women in the title. Divided into four stories, that of the ageing party girl/model, the anorexic princess, the high powered businesswoman and a writer looking for love, Bushnell paints each story with a satiric brush. Despite having money, looks and power, the first three women are seemingly insecure and unhappy. Four Blondes shows how each woman tries to regain a sense of control over their seemingly overwhelming, highly pressured lives, and how different personalities are more effective at this than others. Some women prosper whilst others fall short.
If I can find a fault with the book it is with the final woman's story, obviously based on Bushnell herself. I found her story rushed and pointless, as though it was added only to bulk up the book. It seemded more of a footnote than a story itself. It wasn't unenjoyable, but it was not as superb as the previous three tales.
The relative shortness of each woman's tale (compared to an entire book) was refreshing as it meant that the reader does not becomes bored with each story and is always left wanting more. A great read for anyone who lacks the concentration to read lengthy novels with a running narrative.
Somehow managing to be more glamorous than its older, expectionally successful sister, Four Blondes is a very dark, sometimes depressing look at New York woman who have it all. All that glitters is most definately not always gold.
An absolute must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Barnes on 18 May 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a brit the fourth story didn't bother me too much, i don't take american opinions very seriously, but really the whole book was complete and utter rubbish, each story had no story nor no conculsion. I thought it was about 4 different women and we would get a conculsion in the end, but no, abrupt end and thats it.

Unfortunately i'm one of those people who when i start a book i like to finish it as it may get better alas this one never did.

If you buy a book this summer to read make sure its not this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah-Louise J on 9 April 2010
Format: Paperback
aside from the fact this book is insulting to english people,its also a poor novel.From the authour of the brilliant,if shallow,Trading Up I expected so much better.Not worth your time.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
4 Blondes is three novellas and a short story about the beautiful and aspiring women in New York City. The cast of characters also include those who admire, lust for, marry, and earn a living from these blonde goddesses. Each of the four women has defined herself in terms of social position, physical goods, appearance, and how others relate to her. They each lack a core of who they are, as defined by their own inherent natures. In these stories, the women get what they think they want . . . and are disappointed in many ways. Life really begins when they move beyond their initial illusions to create a more appropriate direction for themselves. Many will find a peek into the minds and boudoirs of these women appealing, but few will find them sympathetic. It is that lack of sympathy that makes the book far less appealing than its potential to please the reader.
The book's subject is graphically portrayed by the large image of Ms. Bushnell on the back of the dust cover. Seeing her and her credentials, you immediately know that she is writing about the real people she meets in her social activities and writing work.
A number of my friends have inhabited this world at various times. Although the satire may seem broad, it isn't as broad as it would first appear. I remember being told about a well-known woman reporter who would not go out on a date until she had seen a balance sheet for the man in question that proved that his net worth was at least five million dollars.
New York has long been the capital of attention for those who aspire to be rich, famous, thin, and admired. This book needs to be compared to Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, because it is the female version of that same subject.
Of the stories in the book, I enjoyed Nice N'Easy by far the most.
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Format: Paperback
Like the previous reviewer, I brought this book from a love for the series SATC. The heroines in "Sex" are postively sugar-sweet good girls compared to the anti-heroines in "Four Blondes." The cover shot of glamourous, happy blondes kind of dissuades from the reality inside; I thought it was about four blondes that, like the show, angsted over sex and relationships. Instead we got 4 seperate stories about oh-so-very nuerotic women that are the most unsympathetic and bitchy people I have ever read about. The Manhatten life style is something that most women want (good clothes, good social life etc), and to Bushell's credit she shows the cracks underneath the fairy tale. But still this book left me felt a little empty and cynical- I don't know, maybe that's Candace Bushell's intention, but I felt a great urge to slim to six stone and buy hideously expensive shoes after I read it...
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