Reader I Married Him Paperback – 19 Jan 2006
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Chiselled phrasing and dancing plot. . . A sizzling firework display of a book (Sunday Times 'A deliciously black and breezy affair, the perfect antidote to dull winter days. The scenario is that of a standard romance. . . but don't be deceived: Michele Roberts has written something altogether darker and wittier. After reading this)
Mail 'A triumphant tour de force (Time Out'Michèle Roberts is on sparkling form with her ludic 11th novel. Roberts has constructed a fantastical Italian city, a capriccio of the sort beloved of Italian artists of the Renaissance, and makes the setting half realistic - imbued with the smel)
Financial Times ('With her sudden offbeat collisions between reality and fantasy, Robert's sensibility is reminiscent of Jeanette Winterson's, though undeniable shades of Muriel Spark prevail, of the writer fully in control of her measured, ironic tone, however much her n)
Guardian ('Conundrums and their answers bombard the reader like a shower of carnival confetti in a novel whose characters resemble the cast of a modern-day commedia dell'arte. The real pleasure of Roberts's writing lies. . . in the unfailing sensuality of her descr)
More famous for her sensuous novels, Michèle Roberts now writes a short, sharp and witty novel in the spirit of Muriel Spark. 'A triumphant tour de force' Time OutSee all Product description
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This novel has quite an acidic, black sense of humour that reminded me of Fay Weldon. It's very fast-paced and sharply funny, and partway through I suddenly realised I was caught up in a mystery that I hadn't anticipated at all when I began reading. An absolutely wonderful bit of arch escapism - I can't believe it has only had negative reviews until now!
We could not engage with the heroine, found the plot flimsy, aimless and trivial and the characterisation was poor.
On a positive note the descriptions of food and family warmth were good and there were some beautiful descriptive extracts, but not enough to redeem the book. When we read the flattering blurb on the back of the book we howled with laughter. As a final comment one member said, 'At least it was short.'
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At times the book was a bit slow, and I had a hard time keeping track of the relationships between all the minor characters. But in general, this was a very solid effort. If you like dark comedies, I'd urge you to give this novel a try.