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The Devil Wears Prada Mass Market Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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It's a killer title: The Devil Wears Prada. And it's killer material: author Lauren Weisberger did a stint as assistant to Anna Wintour, the all-powerful editor of Vogue magazine. Now she's written a book, and this is its theme: narrator Andrea Sachs goes to work for Miranda Priestly, the all-powerful editor of Runway magazine. It turns out Miranda is quite the bossyboots. That's pretty much the extent of the novel, but it's plenty. Miranda's behaviour is so insanely over-the-top that it's a gas to see what she'll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from the real-life antics of the woman who's been called Anna "Nuclear" Wintour. For instance, when Miranda goes to Paris for the collections, Andrea receives a call back at the New York office (where, incidentally, she's not allowed to leave her desk to eat or go to the bathroom, lest her boss should call). Miranda bellows over the line: "I am standing in the pouring rain on the rue de Rivoli and my driver has vanished. Vanished! Find him immediately!"
This kind of thing is delicious fun to read about, though not as well written as its obvious antecedent, The Nanny Diaries. And therein lies the essential problem of the book. Andrea's goal in life is to work for The New Yorker--she's only sticking it out with Miranda for a job recommendation. But author Weisberger is such an inept, ungrammatical writer, you're positively rooting for her fictional alter ego not to get anywhere near The New Yorker. Still, Weisberger has certainly one-upped Me Times Three author Alix Witchel, whose magazine-world novel never gave us the inside dope that was the book's whole raison d'être. For the most part, The Devil Wears Prada focuses on the outrageous Miranda Priestly, and she's an irresistible spectacle. --Claire Dederer, Amazon.com
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‘This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.’ REAL
‘Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.’ COMPANY
‘The most fun we've had in ages.’ HEAT
‘Delicious…a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.’ REDSee all Product description
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I really enjoyed this book as a light and entertaining read, primarily for the acidic portrait of Miranda Priestly and the power she wields not just over her colleagues, but over the entire fashion world. Allegedly based on Anna Wintour of Vogue, the increasingly demented demands of Andy's boss become almost surreal as Andy strives to juggle her job, her parents, her love life and her friends.
As a memoir, this is great but I have to admit that the fictionalising of Andy's life feels very thin, predictable and obvious. Strands that feel like they should be important - for example, Christian, the attractive writer - simply fizzle out without going anywhere, and the issue of personal integrity vs. professionalism is very one-sided.
That said, this is funny in a dreadful kind of way, and Andy has enough charm to keep the whole thing buoyant. So I enjoyed the exposé aspect of the book, but as fiction it doesn't quite work.
I was a little bit disappointed, finishing the book without knowing more about Miranda. I had learned about her profile in the first few pages. But I wanted to know more, like does she ever think about how people see her, or why does she choose that white scarves as her favourite accessories but she throws them away every 4 or 5 days? In the whole book, Miranda appears to be a devil which sudden falls down to the Earth from nowhere! A little more personal details would have fulfilled this very well, but unfortunately, there was none.
I had watched the film The Devil Wears Prada and really enjoyed it- so i thought I would read the book. I wish I had done it the other way round! I always read the book and then watch the film and usually the film does the book no justice whatsoever- but in this case I enjoyed the film even more than the book. I guess thats because the book doesnt give or offer anything more than the film- it doesnt delve deeper into the characters or anything. If I had read the book first i think I would have given this 4 out of 5.
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