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Funny and provocative....
on 13 November 2013
This is an intriguing novel, with several levels of story. On the face of it, it has a Bridget Jones-esque story line, with Anna, the heroine, on a quest, not for romantic success as Bridget wanted, but for literary success. Anna is soon to marry her fiancé Will, but is restless, wanting to pursue her literary dream before domesticity swallows her up.
Unfortunately, her dream has yet to be backed up by anything other than desire: she hasn't written a single word. So when she comes across a book called How to be a Literary Genius by James Loftus, with it's promise of a quick and easy route to literary success, whilst she doesn't quite believe it, she is tempted. Finally, she starts writing her novel.
The story that follows, goes way beyond the initial chick lit feel, being an allegorical tale of the increasingly X factor world in which we live. All you need is a dream (although fantasy would be a more accurate description) and a back story to tug at the heart strings.... Hard work and dedication don't really feature in this formula: why put in your 10,000 hours, when there might be an easier way?
Anna's adventures take her to a Greek island writing retreat, hosted by James Loftus, where she is encouraged to enter her writing into Lit Factor. Meanwhile her romantic life takes some twists and turns, and we are kept guessing right to the end: which man will Anna end up with? And will she win the Lit Factor?
The ending is as satisfying and provocative as the rest of the book. A great read, funny and provocative. Highly recommended.