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Amusing as always, but surprisingly mean in places,
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This review is from: Mutton (Hardcover)
I'd had 'Mutton' on pre-order for months so was thrilled when it popped up on my Kindle this week (and yes, my Kindle download worked fine thanks).
It was an amusing read as always, and as sharply observed as ever, but I was left feeling that our heroine, Clindia (lets call her that, shall we, as Clara and India are clearly the same person), seems to have missed the point of what she could learn from this story.
Clindia dear, if you're still wondering by the final chapters which audience you're trying to make fancy you at forty-something, here's a thought: learn to fancy yourself. Look in the mirror and do what you need to do to find yourself hot. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, whether the builders fancy the same thing, whether it takes a tea dress or a mini skirt, botox or a balconette bra - just learn to find yourself genuinely sexy. Look to your internal hottie compass, not an outside one. Then the rest of the world will find you fanciable and shaggable, if you're bothered about that - but more importantly you will feel deeply and juicily good about yourself. Which is the point.
Also, I was amazed at Clindia's outright hatred of women who sleep with men younger than themselves. "I wold literally rather die than be some sad sack who thinks it's an achievement to sleep with people young enough to be your children". Really? Seriously? Literally die? Relationship desperation of any kind is unappealing regardless of the relative age of the people involved, but this degree of venom points to some kind of personal issue surely. It was a nasty snipe (that comes up several times) in this good story.
Incidentally I'm one of the (growing) number of women who is ridiculously happily married to a much younger man - we make up a larger portion of your reading demographic than you seem to realise. And I'd never had guessed you'd been addicted to Game of Thrones ;-)
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2013 13:06:51 BDT
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I've been thinking about your comments on Clara's rant about women who sleep with younger men. I don't believe India is talking about healthy, loving relationships like your's and your husband's... From my memory of reading Mutton, I think India/Clara is describing the cougar (and I suspect the cougar is a mythological construction in any case!) who is supposed to bolster her esteem or compensate for insecurities by preying on much younger men for casual sex. I think you're right though about there being some similarities between India and Clara and also spot on about finding happiness from within yourself :-))
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