The Last Chance Saloon Audio CD – 1 Jun 2004
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Tara, Katherine, and Fintan, friends since adolescence, are full proof that eccentricity is the spice of life. Strikingly different, yet worryingly similar, they all moved from rural Ireland to London to 'seize the day', or something like that. Now in their early thirties, success, on the surface, has made little change. The impressive, coolly controlled Katherine's a successful accountant, who doesn't really mind being nicknamed 'Icequeen' by her male colleagues. Computer expert Tara's a compulsive dieter whose mission in life is to find a lipstick that doesn't come off, and fashion guru Fintan's aim seems to be to make everyone else's life more interesting - one way or another.
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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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I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have addictive tendencies or who turn to substances or behaviours to avoid feelings. Read morePublished 23 hours 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 7 days 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 11 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by JP
Another off Marian's well written, good to read books, would recomend to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Digger man.
I love this book. It is the best of all Marian Keyes's book and as I would give them all 5 starss there isn plenty of competetion!!. I would giver this one 6 if I could. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clare campbell
One of the beat books I have read. Laugh out loud yet serious at the same time. A very talented writer.Published 2 months ago by Denise Irvine