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Who Will Love Polly Odlum? Paperback – Jan 2000


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd; 1st Paperback Edition edition (Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853719765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853719769
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,198,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a tender and poignant debut novel about life, love and closing circles. Ugly duckling Polly loves Davy, Davy loves Michaela, Michaela loves Colin, and Colin loves - well, like spreadable margarine, Colin''s love goes a long, long way.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By r.m.heayn@exeter.ac.uk on 11 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Although I agree that the story was hardly a fairy tale, I found it genuinely funny and a very good read. I think too many people were expecting a predictable, somewhat easy ending. However the ending, although not happy, was definitely a lot better thought out - and therefore makes the reader think about the story rather than just shut the book and put it down and forget about it. I enjoyed the way the characters gradually interacted during the story, and feel that many people are far too critical of what was a good book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug 2000
Format: Paperback
The only complaint I have about this book is the way the publishers have mis-portrayed the content in the cover and the blurb. It came across as being an average run-of-the-mill girl meets boy story, it isn't. It is a beautifully written and intelligent piece of work with good charactisation and plot. To say as one reviewer did, that they "threw it across the room in disgust" is obviously an example of the the narrow-mindedness of people attracted to books only by a brightly coloured cover. To those of you who are looking for something a little thought provoking and who realise that a somewhat sad ending doesn't mean the book is terrible, quite the opposite in fact - buy it and read it, you won't be dissapointed.
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Format: Paperback
I was really surprised when i read this book. I guess i was expecting it to be a little lighter, given the cover and the blurb and other books i've read by this author. But it was a good surprise and i just couldn't put it down. In fact I read it in the one sitting. it was more original and better written than a lot of 'chick lit'. I fell in love with Polly, and Davy too. Definately worth reading! i loved it. warning: the ending was totally unexpected!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is anything but forgettable - it's hard to forget a book which you've thrown across the room in disgust and anger at the appalling way it was concluded.
First of all, forget anything you read on the cover of this book. This book is not a 'fairytale,' or funny, or anything of the kind; if Marian Keyes did actually write those words, I wonder if she read the entire book or just a sample chapter.
I've been buying books published by Poolbeg Press for several years now, and have usually felt confident in this publisher's ability to spot new Irish talent: after all, they spotted Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Sheila Flanagan and other recent successes, and they also publish Patricia Scanlan. So the fact that 'Polly Odlum' was published by Poolbeg was almost a recommendation in itself; the fact that this book is so awful has now made me question Poolbeg's editorial wisdom.
The book began reasonably okay, although it was quite difficult to work out who the characters were, but never really got beyond the superficial in terms of character development. It didn't help that the author's knowledge of regional dialect seems poor. While she gets authentic 'Irishisms' right for the most part, the book could have been set anywhere in Ireland. There was no sense, in any of the dialect, that it was set in Cork, or that two main characters were from Galway and another couple from Belfast - yet there would be pronounced differences in dialect.
The book is badly edited, which distracted me as I read it; this may be more a fault of the editor than the writer. There were numerous typos, words the wrong way around and even 'its' with an apostrophe when it was incorrect. Besides this, there were instances in dialogue which were simply incredible.
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By Caroline B. on 1 Sep 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best stories I have ever read. Really lovely story about love, friendship and heartache. Read it first when I was 12 and I was dying to have a physical copy of it. The copy I received was in brilliant condition. I have been looking for this book for years. So happy to finally have a copy of it =)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree with the last reviewer - why has everyone reacted so badly to what is actually a very good book? Yes, like everyone else, I agree that Marian Keyes quote is a bit bizarre - it's not really charming, nor a fairytale. But it is a very good read - a pageturner, the characters are very real and convincing and the ending is tragic but isn't it refreshing to have something a bit different from your average sugary romantic ending? The few editorial mistakes weren't a big deal; I think you were more likely to be annoyed by them if you set out to dislike the book. But I thought the book was good enough that they didn't mar my enjoyment and I am looking forward to Anne Marie's next book...
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