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I nearly begged for mercy,
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This review is from: Crusoe's Daughter (Paperback)
I came to this book after reading Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat, both of which I found incisive, witty and entertaining. But Crusoe's Daughter is clearly out of Jane Gardam's "hardcore miserable" range. Misfortune after misfortune is piled on the poor heroine's head, and though some of this is told quite amusingly, there is a limit to how witty you can be when faced with yet another crushing blow of fate. I confess that my disappointment is partly due to the fact that I (foolishly) bought this as a holiday read, which it most certainly isn't unless you are holidaying in Siberia or North Korea. Do you have an annoyingly chirpy Pollyanna-ish relative? Give them this book - it will cure them instantly!