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Praxis [Kindle Edition]

Fay Weldon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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'Often dazzling, pointing up the mad underside of our sexual politics with a venomous accuracy.' New York times.

'A work of art.' The Guardian.

'A book no woman, or man, should miss. Elegant and powerful.' The Times Books of the Year.

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Praxis Duveen is a survivor. At five years old, in 1920s England, she is still innocent, the product of an unstable mother and a flighty father who abandoned Praxis and her half-crazy sister, Hypatia. As the decades fly by, Praxis experiences many incarnations, from prostitute to rape victim, wife to adulteress and eventually becomes the accidental leader of an international women's movement.

Now, from her dingy basement apartment, where she's attempting to write a memoir, Praxis tells about the story of her remarkable journey - peppered with more than a few detours along the way...

Now in her ninth decade, Fay Weldon is one of the foremost chroniclers of our time, a novelist who spoke to an entire generation of women by daring to say the things that no one else would. Her work ranges over novels, short stories, children's books, nonfiction, journalism, television, radio, and the stage. She was awarded a CBE in 2001.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HKZHB82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirty years on 26 Aug 2010
A Kid's Review
From these reviews, it's clear that people who first read this book in their teens still remember it today. Praxis Duveen is both feminist heroine and Very Bad Example. Her occasional triumphs over her tormentors are brutal, and in later life, it's clear that she is proud to be the product of her experiences.

From the very first page, you'll be shocked by what happens to Praxis. You'll also be dangerously inspired by how she overcomes her difficulties.

Take control, and read the book,sister.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very absorbing 26 July 2004
Fay Weldon writes fascinating novels.With Praxis,she simply invents a woman & gives her a varied life story,you know,a few up's & downs etc...and she makes it utterly compelling to read.
I first read Praxis as a fifteen year old school boy,because I found The Life & Loves Of A She-Devil so intriquing.But this is so much better!
This novel is highly recommend to anyone who likes a sordid shock,because this book promises you an excellent one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy but ultimately bland read 26 April 2008
This is the kind of book you want to read when there's nothing on the telly and you haven't got the energy to pick up something more substantial. The stream of narrative flow is very easy on the brain and it feels rather like reading a soap opera. What I cannot fathom is what Ms Weldon is trying to say with it - other than that life (for women at any rate, though it appears to apply equally to the men) is deeply unsatisfying at heart, with no hint of salvation or hope. The main character, Praxis, (accompanied seemingly by all the other characters, of which there are quite a number though keeping up with them is no problem) seems to drift through life via a never-ending series of disappointments, dashed hopes and betrayals by those closest to her. Why bother seems to be the central message, why indeed is my conclusion for this book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars keeps coming to mind 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I first read this book when I was sixteen, I live in the US and can't get it out of my mind. I fell in love these charaters. They are so real! Small things that they do or think makes you almost believe that are real.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 Oct 2004
By Mazecat - Published on
A great read and something to think about. It's very unsettling at times but none the less very compelling. I first read this book about 12 years ago and have read it twice since. It's one of those books that just stays with you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stark and profound 27 Jun 2013
By Catherine A Gould - Published on
This book took me by surprise so many times with its brutal honesty and profundity. A wonderful, feminist saga, written from within the journey of one woman's life. Breathtaking moments of clarity and wisdom.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, interesting, strange, engrossing 15 Oct 2012
By Ada Ardor - Published on
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One of the strangest books I've ever read. Protagonist Praxis is infuriating, exasperating; she floats in a strange sea, and her choices are almost always wrong. The characters are duplicitous, self-centered and bizarre. The book wasn't always enjoyable but I admire its peculiar challenging style.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this and enjoy 12 Dec 2007
By SA Veenis - Published on
Praxis bij Fay Weldon is as much light as it is unsetteling. It referes to old knowlegde as well as to new adventures. To a need to be secure as well as the need to be free and uncommitted. It's not the story that's so special (an old woman looking back on her life, how she grew up (bizar indeed) the 'choices' she made) but the way it's written is special, almost poetry. And though Fay Weldon breaths seventy's moral and the feminisme of last century, stangely to me the story is not out of date, although I read it first 20 years ago.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was I thinking? 3 Jun 2004
By L. Dunn - Published on
Fay Weldon is one of those authors I love to hate. I keep reading them just to see how bad they really are. Praxis is such a quirky, odd character that you keep reading just to see how bizarre things can really get. It goes beyond my definition of bizarre, but don't take my word for it for yourself!
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