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The Dud Avocado (VMC Designer Collection) by Elaine Dundy
'The Dud Avocado' is worth a read because it paints a vivid and exciting picture of Paris in the 50s, and has a heroine who's incredibly modern and liberated for her time. Dundy's creation of a character who so completely breaks the mould is undeniably admirable. Sally Jay Gorce dyes her hair pink, has ill-considered affairs and revels in living alone for two years with Paris as her playground. She is a passionate character full of charm and wit, but all too aware of her flaws, and this makes her a pleasantly engaging narrator. The novel follows her various exploits as she socialises (and more) with colourful characters and becomes an actress. It is a light and fun novel about a young woman… Read more
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
'The Bell Jar' is a timeless classic which offers a poignant exploration of depression and mental illness, in prose which is always elegantly straightforward and frank, rather than overwrought. It is immensely readable from the first page. Narrator Esther Greenwood is a privileged and promising young woman - an intelligent college student who wins a much coveted internship at a New York fashion magazine. By using such a protagonist, Plath highlights how mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of how trouble-free their lives may seem. The semi-autobiographical aspects of the narrative are clear and they undoubtedly give a wonderfully raw authenticity to the novel, which makes it all… Read more
Under The Net (Vintage Classics) by Iris Murdoch
Having read and loved other novels by Murdoch, I was disappointed by 'Under The Net'. It narrowly escapes a two star rating from me because Murdoch's prose is as finely crafted and pleasing to read as it always is, protagonist Jake is excellently characterised, and I appreciate that the book does have its funny moments. I was also impressed by how it reads as much more contemporary than its 1954 date would lead you to expect. The problem was, nothing about the narrative captured me. Jake drifts from place to place, and along the way his various farcical encounters feel empty - nothing happened that particularly sparked my interest and I found it difficult to really care what happened to… Read more

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