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Six of One
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 1997
This is the first Rita Mae Brown book I have read. I purchased it at a used book sale when the stall was about to close; a friend pointed it out to me. You have to read it -- you'll love it! she enthused. I paid for it before the books were packed away and sent to the Peace Corps as donations. I was so glad she'd seen it, for this book made me laugh and smile and get choked up, too. My daughter kept interrupting me to give her brief rundowns of the chapter I was reading: she saw how involved I was. She goes to a French/Arabic school and does not yet read English fast enough to enjoy this book but she was tremendously interested in the characters and I am certain that she will read it in the next few years when her English improves. I cannot say enough good about this wonderful book. She made the great women of Runnymeade come alive for me and the only thing I did not like was the fact that it ended too soon for me! Not only will I recommend it to my friends here in Africa but I also plan on reading more of her books in the future. Thanks, Rita Mae, for giving us such a memorable book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 1999
Six of One deserves to be ranked among the best works of modern authors in America. Rita Mae Brown's wit, wisdom, and winning prose capture the true flavor of much of the 20th century, with realistic characterizations which universally represent much of what is familiar to us all. This is not a book about a single subject, it is a book about life, and about love. But most of all it is a book about perspective and the genuine values in life. In this book, laughter resides at the top of the list. God help us all if Rita Mae Brown ever writes a comedy...I nearly died of laughter from this work of real life drama!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 1998
SIX OF ONE and its sequel, BINGO, are two of my favorite books. I read an average of four books a week, and the first time I read SIX OF ONE, I laughed so hard I cried. I read it again every six months and I treasure it so much, I keep it in my safe deposit box. The exploits of Juts and Louise, as children and adults, are hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 1996
Rita Mae Brown's hysterically funny look at family relationships and Southern small town whackiness is a true delight. Her characters are unforgettable: Celeste, Cora, Jutts and Wheezie will become dear friends if not slightly demented members of your own family. Brown's ear for dialogue is near perfect in this jewel of a book. Spanning most of the 20th century, the novel takes a hard yet compassionate view of humanity, as seen in the little Mason-Dixon line town of Runnymede. Unmissable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 1999
Although it's been 16 years since I first read Six of One, it still stands out as the most hilarous story I've ever had the howling pleasure to read...OUT LOUD! I read it as a university student, and constantly woke my roommate...and the girls upstairs...with my explosive laughter. I just have to say, "Fannie's handbag..." to elicit explosions of glee from others who have read this book...I'm going to treat myself to a second reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 1998
I bought this book years ago, and I have bought it again and again because whenever I loan it to my friends and family, I never get it back. I just re-read it after reading Bingo, the sequel. It is still her greatest book, Celeste Chalfont her most lovable character. Loan it, buy it again, re-read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 1998
this small book brought me back in time the way just a movie can do. the funniest situation, the wittiest expressions surprised me page by page. a true love story, where love, for once, has no special target. Just as it should be.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2002
..If you are a woman with and open mind and a sense of humour then this is a real delight. The characters, the situations, I have never laughed so much while reading. Enjoy!
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on 13 January 1997
Outrageous, brilliant, and hilariously funny, this book
would make a curmudgeon laugh! Through Louise and Julia and
their friends and neighbors, Brown takes us indoors in a
small southern town, where propriety is gleefully tossed
aside. With life-long rivalries, underhanded tricks, and a
ribald limerick thrown in, this book will keep you chuckling
long past the last page.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 1999
Upon finishing this book I immediately went back to the beginning and started it again. I love this book, and thank the person who lent it to me. I am ordering copies for myself, my daughter, my best friend and my sister. The scene at the July 4th parade is, I think, my favorite. Brown's prose is so vivid that you share the pandemonium, the hilarity, and outrageousness of the melee with the characters. Tugboats and Lady Liberty!!!
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