Last Chance Saloon Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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Author of the hugely popular Rachel's Holiday and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Marian Keyes is back swinging the doors of heartache and hilarity with Last Chance Saloon. Meet Tara, the rapidly expanding food-loving shopaholic; Katherine, the neat, male-ego-destroying singleton; Fintan, the fashion-conscious lovely, and Lorcan, the gorgeous but rotten redheaded womaniser. Marian Keyes deliberately deploys stereotypical characters and situations, then attempts to subvert the stereotypes, though perhaps in rather obvious ways.
Throughout, Tara bores us with her lament that she is at the last chance saloon, meaning that if she ends her current relationship at 31, she's on the shelf for life. "For the first time Tara visualised it and she contracted with fear. It was like being told to jump off a cliff ... "But what would become of me without Thomas? I'd never get anyone else and I hate not having a man. And it's not something I'm proud of" she added quickly. "I'm going to puke", Fintan interrupted, urgently." Those who can resist the urge to follow Fintan's lead on the umpteenth rendition of this particular complaint will enjoy the book.
It's addictive--reading The Last Chance Saloon is like watching the omnibus edition of Sunset Beach; you know the acting is awful and the same scenes keep on repeating themselves but you can't help being hooked and feeling sated afterwards. At almost 600 pages, settle down for a Saturday afternoon and don't expect to be getting up again until Sunday. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Side-splitting . . . exciting until the very last page."--Redbook Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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ps and that original copy is still doing the rounds as far as I know !!!
(PS There was a tv drama based loosly on Watermelon which was awful and not a patch on the great read that it is - that's just by the by!)
Then Brigit finds Rachel overdosed on drugs and her family takes Rachel back to Ireland to rehab at a place called the Cloisters. She does not understand why she is there, it's all a big misunderstanding, she's not really an addict, but the Cloisters has a reputation for having celebrities and there should be a gym, sauna, massage .... heck, she'll stay to please everyone and leave in 2 weeks.
Through a series of flashbacks by Rachel and visits from her parents and friends in her group therapy, the true extent of Rachel's problem unfolds to both the reader and Rachel herself. Intertwined in this is her relationship with Luke from NYC and how drugs destroyed it as well.
In short, a great read, written in a fun style, which you wouldn't think you'd get with such serious subject matter.
Sadly, when I first read 'Last Chance Saloon' I was in the confident bloom of my twenties & its truths went straight over my head. My verdict at the time was that it wasn't as engaging as 'Watermelon' or 'Rachel's Holiday', but having re-read it five years later I bow my head in shame. Keyes clearly has some Irish gypsy mojo going on that she was able to predict my (and many others') future so well. If I had paid a little closer attention to the incredibly human detail of this novel, I might have saved myself three years of the confidence dissolving agony that comes with dating & then being engaged to a manipulative loser.
My lesson from this? I've resolved that the next time I think I'm in love with someone, I will read a Marian Keyes novel & have a long hard think about it.
There is also an underlying message in this book that life is short and that we should make the most of it whilst we have it. I would love to read this book again. If you buy this book you certainly won't regret it.
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This book was recommended to me by several people so I gave it a go and it didn't let me down. It's a wonderful combination of funny and serious. Read morePublished 2 days ago by RK
I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have addictive tendencies or who turn to substances or behaviours to avoid feelings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marbeth Lynch
Don't touch this- it's way too long, drawn out, and, in the end, quite predictable. The only reason I read it is because I had it on a freebie on my iphone as part of a Christmas... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bobby1
Purchased this kit for my mother who has bunions. The kit arrived well packaged. Instructions are clear and within 10 mind we had the correct pads in place. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
Abandoned novel as it was too superficial for me. She clearly has an easy witty writing style but not enough substance for a gratifying read.Published 2 months ago by RC London
Love Marian Keyes especially the Walsh family, reminds me of my own childhood. Well written interesting insight into an addicts thoughts with humour.Published 2 months ago by JP
Another off Marian's well written, good to read books, would recomend to anyone.Published 2 months ago by Digger man.