- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (31 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552777668
- ISBN-13: 978-0552777667
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,432,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Taking The Devil's Advice
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"'A brilliantly orchestrated slanging-match'" (Independent)
"'Shot through with wit, and full of effervescence and good humour'" (Financial Times)
"'It is said to take two to make a quarrel but the casus belli for Constance after sixteen years of marriage is her philosopher husband Oliver's serene unawareness of ever having given grounds for one...clever and entertaining...a direly witty achievement'" (Guardian)
"'Anne Fine's black comedy bounces along its sprightly one-liners without flagging'" (Observer)
"'Alive with brazen charm'" (Mail on Sunday)
A brilliantly orchestrated slanging-match' IndependentSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
In 'Taking The Devils' Advice' we meet head in the air Oliver Rosen, a renowned academic philosopher, who prefers to be alone with his mental processes, even if it means squatting in a laundry cupboard while attempting to write his life story. Intriguingly, the hot pipes conduct sound and render him an unintentional eaves dropper to conversations carried on in the kitchen below, where his ex wife Constance rants and rails at her new husband Alastair, their ex gardener pre divorce, about Oliver's impossible conduct.
Their two daughters Nancy and and Bonnie are the Greek Chorus, while Alastair aka Ally suffers terribly over denied access to his young son Ned whose vindictive mother, his ex, Stella aka Ratbag torments him with. We hear from Constance and Oliver in turn as she takes to adding her two penny worth to his growing piles of memories, this volume of work is housed in a Victoria Plum pillow case for secrecy, but that trick has been quickly sussed. I loved what she had to add and felt the comments she made were so pertinent and true they should be issued as research for marriage guidance counselors, when trying to put a couple back together. They spoke to me directly and I was grateful for the truths contained within.Read more ›