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3.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy and strains credulity, 7 July 2002
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This review is from: Zelda's Cut (Paperback)
Some of Philippa Gregory's novels I love - A Respectable Trade, The Wise Woman for example. Some, however, are mediocre and this is one of them.
Literary novelist Isobel Latimer desperately needs money to keep a roof above the heads of herself and her ailing husband. So she writes a bonkbuster and creates her alter-ego 'Zelda Vere.' The story has some interesting plot devices, but I was unable to suspend my disbelief to properly enjoy them. I could just about cope with the fact that given a wig, expensive clothes and makeup, Isobel could get away with being Zelda Vere when she had to...but what happens at the TV studio when there's a quick change mid-programme (being vague here to avoid spoilers) is utterly stupid. How COULD anyone FAIL to notice the change? Come off it!
Gregory's comments on Isobel finding the notion of incest a turn on were interesting as she has covered the theme of incest several times in previous novels and it seems to be something that fascinates her as an author. The Other Boleyn Girl was rife with it.
I thought that the ending was abrupt and rushed and it left several threads either dangling or very loosely tied. Bottom line: Philippa Gregory is a superb author when she's on top form. Unfortunately she must have been having an off day when she wrote Zelda's Cut.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2008 06:55:13 BDT
I agree! I love her historical stuff, but this was verging on ridiculous. I completely switched off when it got to the quick change part! Earlier we were told that they bought two sets of outfits, 1 a size 16 and 1 a 12! then on national t.v did a quick change and no one noticed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! madness if you ask me. Aside from that, what about the voice? I think that an unknown would not have got this published. It wasd a good idea and could have been a good read, but just had troo many flaws for me. her historical books are amazing though and I love all of them. She should stick to those
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