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The Ladies' Man Paperback – 1 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Printing edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841151386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841151380
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,551,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Nash Harvey, incurable womaniser and failing jingle composer, arrives at the Boston home of the Dobbin sisters, he is struck with a casserole dish. Not surprising, considering that Nash, onetime fiancé of Adele Dobbin, disappeared on the night of their engagement party, 30 years ago.

Fresh from a failed romance with a Californian reflexologist, Nash brings chaos to the Dobbins, all of whom have settled into a weary spinsterhood. Unintentionally, he leads everyone he meets to a truer knowledge of themselves, and the possibilities of a brighter future. Five distinct, but masterfully interwoven tales of the heart spin around the central, hilariously desperate mission of Nash, a man seeking to escape the inescapable.

Lipman writes with the wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen or Henry James. Her work ripples with startling segues into the perversities of male-female relationships. Yet for all this insight, her characters are drawn with companionable warmth. This is not a book about the bold and the beautiful. Her cast inhabits a twilight of TV dinners, greying hair and disastrous dates, yet they never lose their hope, or their capacity for love. A gourmet casserole of a book--drama, humour and understanding in equally generous portions. -- Matthew Baylis


'Elinor Lipman is that rarest of things, a charming and funny writer who is also very wise. But your spouse will hate you for reading this book; you'll stay up late nights, shaking the bed with laughter.' -- Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

'The Ladies' Man is not just flawless and delicious and hilarious - the ladies' man and all his ladies are sublime.' -- Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World

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Format: Paperback
This was a well-written, light read. I could put it down but it was enjoyable and funny, especially at the beginning. The story did start to lose momentum half way through.
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This is a delightful book - clever, funny, warm and it even has a happy ending (unless you are the anti-hero, who gets his just deserts). Some set-pieces that had me laughing out loud.
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A book review told me to read this. It was correct. I did not laugh out loud but was pleasently pleased with myself when I was able to put it down. You have met him girls, in many disguises, and you always win! A book the female sex will have a deeper understanding of.
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HASH(0xa20e75d0) out of 5 stars Ladies' Man, Looking at Some of Life's Regrets! 16 July 2000
By Frank J. Foley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am an Elinoir Lipman fan. I enjoyed this book, especially the end. All of the sister's had to take a hard look at themselves. They had bought into their parent's world and the ideas and standards of that time, and it was this world that prevented them from living their lives to the fullest. How many of us reach fifty and realize we have been living someone else's version of what life is and not our own. Nash Harvey is the man many a female has run into in a vunerable moment. We want to believe it is love and that last chance for it only to have our dreams smashed back to reality after we have been taken for the fool. I found this to be enjoyable summer reading with more meat to the story and character development then other books designated as women's summer reading. I became engrossed in the lives of the characters and the story held my attention. I would recommend this to women to read. it addresses a vulnerable side of the female sex that they don't always want to show. It speaks of the relationships among sisters and the need for friends to sustain us through the hard times and laugh with us.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd91678) out of 5 stars Sassy, Classy and Fun! 7 Sept. 2000
By Marion - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved the Dobbin sisters and their quirky attitudes toward life. That they're all still sharing an apartment together 30 years after Harvey Nash (now Nash Harvey)dumped oldest sister, Adele, on the evening of their engagement is perfect irony. From their setting up empty glass bottles inside their apartment door as an inexpensive burglar alarm to the surprising love lives of each of them, you can't help but fall in love with this unusual family. Nash Harvey is the character you love to hate, who picks up women at the drop of a hat, and has never once committed to anything but his reflection in the mirror. He tries his charms on each of the sisters and the results are hilarious. Great book and wonderful, sassy characters!!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc64978) out of 5 stars A fun, light farce 26 April 2000
By Cathy A Belben - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once again, Elinor Lipman has created a funny, light story about women--in this case, three sisters whose lives are disrupted when the ex-fiance returns thirty years after abandoning Adele, the eldest. Lipman has created a thoroughly believable--and detestable--anti-hero in Nash Harvey/Harvey Nash, a rogue who sponges off women and never seems to understand that he is not nearly as charming as he thinks he is. Readers who enjoy peering into the private lives of mature women will appreciate the sisters' struggles to deal with Nash and with their own middle-of-life romances and lack thereof. Real, fully developed characters and a speedy plot make this a read-in-a-sitting romantic comedy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd89720) out of 5 stars A fun and readable book... 6 Oct. 2003
By Dianna Setterfield - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is only the 2nd book I've read by Elinor Lipman, but it certainly won't be the last. This one is even better than the other one I read, The Inn at Lake Devine. It is definitely funnier and kept me turning pages.
The Ladies' Man is set in Boston and tells the story of the three Dobbins sisters, Adele, Lois and Kathleen, all set in spinsterhood, and Nash Harvey, the man who dumped Adele on the night of their engagement party 30 years before. It seems Nash can't move forward in his life (relationship or otherwise) without first mending ways with Adele. So he leaves his girlfriend in California, flies to Boston (and of course, makes a date with Cynthia, his plane-mate), and shows up on Adele's doorstop out of the clear blue. Thing is, Adele is not willing to forgive him. Regardless, Nash's stay in Boston has an effect on her as well as her sisters and brother, Richard, in different and funny ways. And of course, Nash's "Ladies' Man" ways are evident from the very first page.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a simple story, but very interesting and fun to see what would happen next. I recommend The Ladies' Man as a quick, light read and one that will no doubt entertain readers 100 percent. Will be reading more by Elinor, guaranteed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f74acfc) out of 5 stars Funny and intelligent 20 Sept. 2001
By grahamer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lipman is a charming and funny writer who is full of wit and verbal sparkle. From its magnetic first sentence to its ingenious climax, this is a superbly entertaining book.
The Dobbin sisters, attractive red-headed spinsters Adele, Lois and Kathleen, live together in relative harmony until Adele's ex-fiance, the incorrigible, debonair and pathologically unreliable Nash Harvey, makes a sudden reappearance on their doorstep. But Nash soon finds out that scorned women do not make gracious hostesses. Yet the re-appearance of Nash Harvey, who deserted Adele Dobbin 30 years ago on the evening of their engagement party, throws the lives of the Dobbin sisters into disarray. Not only is Adele confused and upset, Lois has always had a crush on Nash, and now skittishly dyes her hair blonde.
My only concern with The Ladies' Man was that the narrative was in present tense. This took some adjusting to, and distracted me from the story too often. However, don't let that put you off, because The Ladies' Man is still a delightful novel for when you are in the mood for something light-hearted and cheerful.
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