Polo Hardcover – 9 May 1991
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" "Polo" is the best thing she's every done" -Lynda Lee-Potter, "Daily Mail" " Compulsively readable and funny...the irrepressible Jilly remains irresistible" -Joseph Connolly, "The Times" " The world of smart women, handsome army officers, romantic school girls, lustful grooms, insecure wives... they have fire in their bellies (and generally in their groins too) and a massive appetite for life" -Nicholas Coleridge, "Sunday Times" "From the Paperback edition."
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Wonderful storyline, familiar characters who you can picture so easily in your mind and incorporating new characters and some of the ravishing cast from her previous books, Riders and Rivals, including the loveable cad - Rubert Campbell Black. Nobody does it better than Jilly.
Jilly has a way of bringing all elements of life into her books, the fortunate, the less fortunate, the introverts, the extroverts, the good, the bad, the ugly and in this case the absolutely stunning.
To me this is her best book so far, once I finish it I have to start it again, as it provides complete escapism from daily life even if just for 15 minutes a day. It takes me off to a world which many of us dream about but few of us actually experience!
Indulge yourself into the world of wealth, lust and beauty. You will be disgusted with Perdita, fall in love with Luke, get hot and steamy over Red, want to join in with the Carlisle twins, cure all Ricky's hurt, kill Chessie and Bart and ultimately experience their world. Don't deny yourself any longer - buy this fantastic read now! You won't regret it and I guarantee it will provide you with a warm feeling or two...
Polo is the only book that I have read over and over again and its now 2008 and I am reading it again and I still feel the same emotions all over again. One will fall in love, cry, get angry, and at times feel like hitting that bottle as well. All this and you still have RC-B and a few other beautiful characters added into the pot.
I would recommend every one of Jilly's books with out hesitation. I know I'll re-read all of them over and over again. But if there is one that leaves you with that feeling, for me it will always be Polo. This one comes highly recommended!
Would that I could give the same praise to "Polo" but sadly that's not possible. First of all it paints a picture (and I know the book was written some time ago) of polo the sport being as big as Premier League football if not bigger - the players are huge stars pursued round the world by the tabloid press. Well I have to say in my world and I think most people's worlds polo has always been very much a small minority interest sport pursued by a select few rich people in which the population at large has no interest whatsoever. In other words when you read "Polo" you have to imagine yourself in some sort of alternative universe where polo matters and is the world's most important and newsworthy sport - not easy to do!
Moving on from that the book contains various endless descriptions of particular matches. How boring is that! I'm interested in football but I can't say I'd want to read a novel containing umpteen detailed descriptions of matches.
And then there's the characterisation....as others have said the principal female lead (Perdita) is so unlikeable she is a complete blot on the novel. She is wholly self centred and unpleasant and has no positive qualities at all so that doesn't help. Some of the other characterisation is frankly laughable - Angel the embittered Argentinian is a complete caricature with regular hilarious dialogue.Read more ›
I enjoyed Jilly Cooper's earlier book Riders because the rivalry between the two showjumpers made the story interesting, and I wanted to see who came out on top at the Olympics. Most of all though I enjoyed it because of the outrageously wicked and glamorous Ruper Campbell Black. Rupert reappears in this book, but alas he has been tamed by his love for the tiresomely perfect Tiggy, his new young wife, who is incredibly annoying and has no faults at all ("pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked" - Jane Austen). I kept hoping that Rupert was going to break out and become a cad again, but alas no, he remains tiresomely doting on the irritating Tiggy. A huge disappointment. A reformed rake is no fun at all.
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Another amazing read, such full bodied characters and I struggled to put the book down! Highly recommend this for a read!Published 2 months ago by Cg24
ABSOLUTELY Terrific. As a Polo fan this moved fast and furious, with a smattering of passion,and the love for the dog and horse making it a perfect read for any country person and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MARY KAYE
Partly as a reaction to a surfeit of what I like to call ‘worthy fiction’ and partly on the strength of an article in the Graun detailing her as one of reading’s great guilty... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jodie cook