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The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species [Kindle Edition]

Lionel Shriver
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Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible—and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When sexy young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love—before an amazed and injured Errol's eyes. As he follows the progress of their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through subtle, cruel, and calculating manipulation.

About the Author

Lionel Shriver is the author of nine novels, as well as a journalist for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Daily Telegraph, among many other publications. An international bestseller, We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Lionel lives in London and New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006171139X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (6 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q1YCX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lionel Shriver's novels include The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and A Perfectly Good Family. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars un put-down-able! 20 Mar 2013
By KatyS
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I really enjoyed this Lionel Shriver book. It's completely different from "Kevin" and equally as readable. I'm looking forward to reading more by her- she's a very unique author with a very interesting view of life which always sparks discussion amongst my friends.
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By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Female of the Species by Lionel Shriver

Having been so affected by We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics)which still remains the best discussion our book club has had so far, after ten years of reading together; I decided to go deeper with Lionel Shriver and have a go at her other works. I read The Post-Birthday World' with moderate enjoyment and a feeling of exquisite sadness at what might have been, A Perfectly Good Familywith even more pleasure and now I have found this, her debut novel.

This new floppy paperback is attractively soft and comfortable to hold, being a `P.S.' edition it has helpful extras; a `A Meet Lionel Shriver' essay, `Have you read?' suggestions, and best of all the `About The Book' piece by LS. In this LS chats about her own feelings on revisiting `The Female of the Species' for the first time since its publication in 1986. I found that fascinating; it helped me to understand `The Female of The Species' much better, also it gave me the grit to get through what is a very odd and long beginning. LS calls it a "beginning riff - full of jokes to keep myself entertained, and carrying on in such detail because I was the boss and could do whatever I felt like."

The story of the acclaimed female anthropologist Gray Kaiser begins in her past, when she goes to study an obscure tribe, being run by a man they perceive to be their god - Charles Corgie. (Lionel Shriver does come up with some odd names).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read 22 May 2013
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Good story and pleasant read but not thought provoking like some of LS other work. The breakdown of the lead character isn't as in-depth as the description of the book allows one to believe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 30 May 2012
By Zelda
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I love Lionel Shriver and have read most of her books - brilliant writing and insight and 'unputdownable'.
Not so I found with this book though - my least favourite of her novels.
Found it rather rambling - I would recommend you read some of her other novels first - however, I could still see this being made into a film.
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