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Life Force Hardcover – 13 Jul 1992

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (13 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002233517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002233514
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,097,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Fay Weldon’s Life Force is a scathing indictment of rampant seed-shedding and moral vanity. Through the voices of women Beck has seduced, Weldon joyously wields the scalpel, cutting deep into the sexual psyches of both men and women.’
Woman’s Journal

‘Weldon sends up all the novels of sex’n’marriage’n’kids in NW3 by triumphantly writing one of her own that is witty enough to finish off the breed.’
Mail on Sunday

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“This is Weldon at her most wicked.”
ELLE

“Full of scandal and the joy and guilt of sex.”
OXFORD MAIL

“Weldon struts her more robust stuff.”
VOGUE

“She can tease, tantalise and scandalise better than any other writer today.”
FINANCIAL TIMES

“Bleak, too, and full of wisdom that goes beyond the conventional view and the received idea.”
COSMOPOLITAN

“Here is Weldon, witty, ingenious, outrageous, absorbed in sexual currents, leaping from character to character or year to year with the sure-footedness of an Alpine chamois. Weldon has precisely captured the atmosphere of a time and a final exchange of power. Grim stuff, and Weldon doesn’t pull her punches.”
SCOTSMAN

“Everywhere is the unmistakable zippiness of her narrative style.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH

“A scathing indictment of rampant seed-shedding and moral vanity. Through the voices of women Beck has seduced, Weldon joyously wields the scalpel.”
WOMAN’S JOURNAL

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Format: Hardcover
I loooked forward to reading this Fay Weldon novel as always - and I was not disappointed. Somehow I felt as if I already knew all these characters, described with immense skill, subtlety and humour. I found its world lived in my head during mundane daily tasks and I could not wait to get back to it. A good holiday read - it'll go with me this summer for another bout of delighted escapism.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a very strange book. Apparently this red headed creep keeps seducing middle aged women and getting them pregnant. It's a middle aged story and middle aged feminism. The women are mostly dependant on some pratt or other and then blame men if that hasn't made them happy. Which of course it hasn't. My mother may recognise the sentiments of this novel, but I nor any of my friends would, thank the gods. But then, I'm not married and only let my boyfriend pay for dinner on special occasions and only to keep him feeling macho as a treat. Maybe once children have taken that independance away that I'll be able to read Fay Weldon and recognise that bitter world she creates.
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Read it immediately! 4 Aug. 1998
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In present day London a middle aged woman looks back at the time when she, and a group of her female friends, were all unfaithful to their husbands, and all with the same man. The story which she tells is a master piece of black humour, and reveals much about friendship, infidelity, and how the past will always catch up with you. The language is dazzling - sharp, inventive, concise and witty. The humour is black and the cast of characters bizarre, fascinating and entirely convincing. The way that different voices and different timescales are used is original and works brilliantly. Very few books manage to be both frivilous and profound - but this one does. Women will find this book talks honestly about why women are unfaithful. Men may find it a worrying read!
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