- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (16 Feb. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340589353
- ISBN-13: 978-0340589359
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Life and Loves of a She Devil Paperback – 16 Feb 1995
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'A tour de force: a macabre, fast-moving moral fable' (The Times)
'More audacious and striking in design than anything that has gone before . . . carried out with such dash and glitter' (Times Literary Supplement)
'Rousing . . . The fun grows steadily blacker and wilder' (Guardian)
'A savage, sadistic even, but beautifully and compellingly written satire' (Sunday Express)
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This book is psychological, raw, hard-edged, ironic and cynical. It is a skilfully written moral fable telling a candid story from the wounded woman’s perceptions on life and other people.
I had been waiting forever for a book to come out where the victim could get back at all the selfish, cold-hearted, small-minded and petulant people who have ever affronted them in their lives; and here it is! I doubt any genuine and wronged person would not like this book.
This is generally a woman’s book specifically for those who have ever encountered nasty characters in their life or relationships. It’s very uplifting for anyone who’s ever fantasised about vengeance. While Ruth patiently plots the enviable downfall of both her husband and lover, she is also sealing her own moral demise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could actually get away with inflicting that kind of plotting, power and vengeance over those who have emotionally hurt us!
The She-Devil eventually and cleverly strikes back at cold-hearted and manipulative people by taking way the things that would hurt them the most - money, material- wealth, sex and freedom.
In the end I think Ruth finally teaches Mary Fisher about the meaning of Love. Nevertheless, by then it is too late, the damage was already done, not only to herself, by becoming the She-Devil, but also through the punishment she inflicts upon the ‘newly awakened’ Mary for taking her husband with no conscience or remorse.
The husband, Bobbo’s, character is so typical of the selfishness and narrow-mindedness of so many people like him in this world that the reader could wonder why Ruth is even bothering with her campaign against him. All I can say is, read, enjoy, and find out.
The book gets the reader thinking and is not just about a woman scorned, but portrays how society sees the undesirable and the unfortunate.
It’s just an absolute joy to read from start to finish and I never get tired of reading it.
In fact, I’ve read it so many times that the book I bought a number of years ago actually fell apart. I have since bought it on my Kindle, so I can read it whenever I wish.
I won’t ruin it for new readers; let’s just say that the ending has a strange and unusual twist with a thought-provoking - ‘what goes around comes around’.
The Book is a lot better than the TV Series, where things have been cut out and the viewer is subjected to bad 80,s fashion.
So why 4 stars only? Because at the end of the day there is no redemption, no regret and no spark of hope - just a complete 100% utterly total completion of the intended purpose. The Final Solution?
However, a superb book - a modern classic - essential reading!
Not for me, though. I think the TV writers made massive improvements on it, and it's a shame that the book wasn't based on that, rather than the other way round. For example my favourite scene of the old Mrs Fisher drunkedly driving the Rolls perilously close to the edge of the cliff is entirely the TV writers' idea, and completely missing from the book.
However I did enjoy it, and might look out for other Fay Weldon books, hoping that these prove me wrong about Fay Weldon being slightly over-rated.
As a novel this was fun and controversial. Cruel and unforgiving.
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