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Good reading for a lazy afternoon
on 13 December 2002
This is a story of two people starting off an unequal relationship - she is the kept woman, against her principles, to a ridiculously rich man; and the problems that ensue, and consequent outcomes.
It is a fairly predictable story, but written in an entertaining way. The characterizations are a bit thin at first, but they fill out in the second half , and there are a lot of entertaining situations and people on the way.
At times witty, it also effectively uses a chess metaphor - to link in with the interest in chess that first brought the main characters together.
There's even a bit of politics, in the form of the ethics of genetically modified food, and relationship politics, in the form of: being a kept woman - good idea or not for the health of a relationship? But the issues aren't treated in a heavy way, and the book avoids moralising: the focus stays on the main characters.
Overall, a fun, quick-moving read.