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A gorgeous respite for bored lit. connoiseurs/women on hols!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Polo (Paperback)
I've given Polo '5 crowns', as it deserves this ranking not within the context of universal literature, among Shakespeare, Homer and the classics, but in it's own genre - which it must be said is trashy novels. In this class, Cooper surpasses the considerably trash-filled challenges of Collins, Andrews, Steele et al. Do not buy/read this book with a view to being itellectually stimulated and wowed by Jilly Cooper's insight and erudity. Read Polo for a bit of fun - thats all it should be.
And fun it is! However trashy, Cooper has narrative down pat, and has and will continue to make scores of romantic women (inevitably reading Polo on a plane to Tenerife for a razzly fortnight) fall in love with such heavenly, oversexed creatures as the hon. Bas Baddingham and the amoral Rupert Campbell-Black, the quiet but alluring Army officer Drew, the insatiable Carlisle twins and the painfully moody and doubly irresistable Ricky France-Lynch. In the foreign contingent, ladies, choose from the equally appealing Aldertons - masochistic Bart, steady, sympathetic Luke or commitment-shy sex god Red, the beautiful Argentine Angel and a whole host of Angel's polo and sex obsessed countrymen. The male readership will perhaps find it difficult to lose themselves in most of the superficially beautiful women, but that is a biased view from a girl who adores all of Cooper's men, and despises about 90% of the women.
The story is satisfyingly long, chock-full of fiery Polo matches, with plenty of illicit sex and a wonderful happy ending which rewards all the long-suffering nice characters and settles down all the lovable rogues the reader will have undoubtedly grown to like.
To use a horrible expression, it really is unputdownable, and though you'll rebuke yourself constantly for ever buying it at all, the exploits and partner-swapping of Cooper's irrepresible characters will entice you to read Polo, Rivals, Riders and Appasionata again and again and AGAIN. Enjoy!