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Egg Dancing by [Jensen, Liz]
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‘A sparky, sparkling, excellent novel. I just loved it’ -- Fay Weldon

‘An assured, hilarious and insightful novel … you’re carried on a crazy journey you won’t be sorry you took’ -- Time Out

‘Entertaining … with a wickedly black sense of humour’ -- Observer

‘Very highly recommended … Egg Dancing is a superb, sad comedy’ -- Scotland on Sunday

About the Author

Liz Jensen is the author of Egg Dancing (longlisted for the Orange Prize), Ark Baby (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Paper Eater, War Crimes for the Home (longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Ninth Life of Louis Drax and My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time. She divides her time between Copenhagen and London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4Z6IU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: Paperback
The first compliment I pay a book is to recommend it to a friend, the second is to lend it and the third is to demand it back. I'm happy to report that Egg Dancing is back in my mitts for the moment but will be crossing the Thames again very shortly.
The friend who read this book commented about halfway through "I like the fact that you are never sure who is the crazy one". That is exactly the fun in reading this book. Is she crazy? Is he crazy? Are they crazy? Perhaps everyone is crazy - including the writer and the reader. Who knows? It's hard for a book to convey this, to be written so skillfully that you really aren't sure whether the narrator is telling the truth or the truth as she sees it and when exactly does one become the other, but Liz Jensen performs this conjurors trick with apparent ease. Like a magician's slight of hand she manipulates the readers sympathies so that one minute you are certain you know exactly what is going on and the next minute you are wide-eyed and gasping in confusion and rifling back through the pages to find the exact point at which the rules got changed. If you stand firm, however, and place your trust in the writer you will find yourself being gently steered back into reality once more. And all in all, it's a very pleasant trip!
I loved this book. It was a tense as any thriller, as funny as any comic and as touching as only a really good book can be. If I give it 4 stars not 5 it is only because I feel sure there is even better to come from this extremely talented and unusual writer.
(Actually, haveing read Paper Eater and currently ploughing through Ark Baby I can confirm that this is indeed the case)
Buy it, read it, lend it . . . but make sure you get it back!
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By A Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: Paperback
The first compliment I pay a book is to recommend it to a friend, the second is to lend it and the third is to demand it back. I'm happy to report that Egg Dancing is back in my mitts for the moment but will be crossing the Thames again very shortly.
The friend who read this book commented about halfway through "I like the fact that you are never sure who is the crazy one". That is exactly the fun in reading this book. Is she crazy? Is he crazy? Are they crazy? Perhaps everyone is crazy - including the writer and the reader. Who knows? It's hard for a book to convey this, to be written so skillfully that you really aren't sure whether the narrator is telling the truth or the truth as she sees it and when exactly does one become the other, but Liz Jensen performs this conjurors trick with apparent ease. Like a magician's slight of hand she manipulates the readers sympathies so that one minute you are certain you know exactly what is going on and the next minute you are wide-eyed and gasping in confusion and rifling back through the pages to find the exact point at which the rules got changed. If you stand firm, however, and place your trust in the writer you will find yourself being gently steered back into reality once more. And all in all, it's a very pleasant trip!
I loved this book. It was a tense as any thriller, as funny as any comic and as touching as only a really good book can be. If I give it 4 stars not 5 it is only because I feel sure there is even better to come from this extremely talented and unusual writer.
(Actually, haveing read Paper Eater and currently ploughing through Ark Baby I can confirm that this is indeed the case)
Buy it, read it, lend it . . . but make sure you get it back!
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Format: Paperback
Jensen is a master. And I know I shouldn't use that word but I want to avoid saying that she is a mistress. She is not. She is always in control of this book, taking the reader through all sorts of emotional states and happenings, which men would usually shy away from. Yes, it is a book about an irretrievably female predicament (pregnancy) but forthat reason men should read it; men should read it to undersatnd the range of emotions that can be felt and the profound effect childbearing has on the mother and all around her. It also has a delightfully aggressive side to it, a power which I think a male reader would not expect from such a book. This is a great read and truly thought-provoking. [...]
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Very funny, love OTT Characters
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Liz Jensen is great but this is not her best 14 May 2014
By JoGreenwich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been blown away by some of her other work and this was interesting but seemed to ramble more than most of her books. It's OK but don't make it the first of hers you read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but good. 13 Jun. 2007
By Gabriel Guzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book in a coffee shop I frequent and since I like random reading, I figured I'd give it a whirl. Quite an interesting read, very enjoyable. The story is almost so implausible you have to believe it. What a completely believable family situation, and great writing to boot. I'd never heard of Liz Jensen before, but... I'd say she is one to watch. I'll be looking forward to another novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and smart! 6 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was really entertaining. It addresses a major issue, i.e., is it really ethical to try to create a "perfect baby"? but does it in a way that is quirky and funny, not preachy. I really enjoyed reading this book to see what would happen next! Recommend it highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 17 Sept. 2004
By Lover of books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am fascinated with the issues of genetics and eugenics, and thought this would be a great book. I was wrong. So so wrong. The writing style and cohesiveness of the plot left a lot to be desired.
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