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Immaculate Conceit [Paperback]

Stella Duffy
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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7 Dec 2000 0340770015 978-0340770016 First (10987654321)
Sofia is lap dancer with a comensbly hectic life: she's single, occasionally shagging her ex, and pretty damn happy. Then the angel Gabriel appears, informing her that she is pregnant with new Messiah. The book tranposes the Virgin Birth, shining a light on contemporary relationships.

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First (10987654321) edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770016
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stella Duffy was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. She has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. In addition to her writing work, she is also a theatre director and performer. She lives in London.

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'A sharp, witty and original page-turner' -- Company

'Knowing, wise, funny and finger-on-the-pulse contemporary ... a witty, funky tale of divine intervention.' -- Tina Jackson, Big Issue

'Packed with shrewd and witty observation' -- Mail on Sunday

'The writing is fast and sassy, full of contemporary cultural references and cute one-liners ... unashamedly fun and outrageous' -- Glasgow Herald

'Witty, punchy and refreshingly irreverent. It would make the perfect Christmas present for a lapsed Catholic or a radical nun' -- Michael Arditti, Independent

'there are real belly laughs throughout...touching, funny and relevant to women everywhere.' -- Irish World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in London but brought up in New Zealand. Stella Duffy has been a stand-up comic, a member of improvisation company Spontaneous Combustion, and is the author of three cult crime novels (Serpent's Tail) and Singling Out the Couples (Sceptre 1998). She continues to perform. recently appearing in the successful improvisation Lifegame, and now lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.3 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something totally different 2 Jan 2004
By Mandy
I really loved this book, I thought it was magical, different and a page turner. Personally I think Stella Duffy is one of the most underated writers out there. I can't wait to read her latest novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasent seduction 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
The idea of the new Messiah being born from a lap dancer was fascinating. I enjoyed the book and the questions it had me asking. I like the way Duffy refered to the "First Mother". The one thing I thought would have been better was the intimate scenes with Gabriel. I would have thought that the sex would have been more... illuminating?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Une fable délirante ...qui fait mouche 10 Mar 2012
By Carine
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Immaculate Conceite, c'est l'histoire de Sophia, danseuse dans un club, qui approche la trentaine et vit en collocation avec son ex devenu meilleur ami. Elle se réveille une nuit et découvre un homme assis au pied de son lit. Cet homme, c'est l'Ange Gabriel venu lui announcer qu'elle est celle qui mettra au monde le nouveau messie. Mais Sofia n'est pas très à l'aise dans son nouveau rôle de Vierge Marie (son goût prononcé pour l'alcool, la drogue et les parties de jambes en l'air n'arrangent rien à l'affaire). C'est un roman très très drôle et l'humour de Stella Duffy est d'autant plus pertinent qu'il est sur des sujets qui ne portent pas à rire : acception de soi, des autres, du sort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing yet mildy amusing 16 July 2002
Lap dancer Sofia is quite content with her life. Living upstairs from her ex-boyfriend, partying, boozing and snorting coke, she is visited one night by an Angel called Gabriel. He informs that the she is pregnant with the next Messiah. ‘Immaculate Conceit’ takes us through her journey through depression, her addictions and her coming to terms with being a Mum and of course her new founded relationship with a modern day smoking, drinking Angel. The book is light-hearted, swiftly skimming the surface of the root causes of Sofia’s psychological problems: the perfectionist parents, her relationship to her body and her fear of shopping. Duffy this time, has unfortunately created a two-dimensional character with little substance. Enjoyable to read and mildly humorous, it is however, not a book from which you come away feeling as though you have eaten a five-course meal. Reading this book is more like eating a packet of crisps to ward off your hunger, whilst waiting for the pasta to finish cooking.
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