Watermelon Paperback – 2 Jun 1997
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Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.
The author's style is too blunt and her setting too suburban (with its all-too-human heroine struggling to keep her sanity, tend to her new-born baby, fight it out with siblings and begin to love again) to be a traditional romance, but there is enough chemistry and mystery to keep you guessing in the lip-smacking Watermelon--a dish that may not fill you up but will certainly give you a taster of Marian Keyes' work, of which there is much to sample, including Lucy Sullivan is getting Married, Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon. --Nicola Perry
-- Mail on Sunday
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This was a recommendation from a friend and I have not read any of Marian Keyes's other books, so I cannot compare it to her other work; all I can say is what I thought of this particular one.
If I'm honest, when I read the first few chapters I had mixed feelings. Marian has written this book in first person, which is great, but the way she addresses the reader so often is very strange. But in a good way, I might add.
It is just something new to get used to, and it makes her writing style very unique. (Well, I haven't come across another book as yet that talks so much to you, the reader, so personally.) It is as if you are in a room with Claire Webster, having a nice girly chat with her about everything. As I said, it took me a couple of chapters to get used to this style of writing but once I had, I loved it. It really makes you connect with the character.
So, about the story itself. Well, It's about a young woman called Claire Webster and the book opens with her giving birth to her first child with husband James. But it all goes downhill from there for poor Claire. James then leaves after admitting to an affair and leaves Claire to deal with the fact that she now has a newborn baby to look after and no husband. She returns home to Ireland to stay with her family and grieve over her loss. Everyone rallies around and we meet most of her family; Mum, Dad, and two of her sisters Helen and Anna. Time goes on and she begins to come through the ordeal when a guy comes along to throw her emotions into turmoil. I wont spoil it by saying what happens but at some point James returns but he isn't as apologetic as maybe he should be.Read more ›
I would seriously recomend this book for anyone wanting a night in and a laugh! Do not go out in public and read this book, its too embarrassing when you laugh out loud!
This book details Claire's life from the moment realization sets in, to moving home,her first time alone with her baby and moving to Irland to live with her parents and rather strange sisters.
It is well written and I would expect little less then this from such a telented writer. The tale seems as though it will never end, the torture the main character is experiencing, what she puts her self through and how she pulls her self through. It is packed with emotions, hopes, dreams and memories.It is a book all broken hearted women can identify with and a book that all men should read if they want to understand what breaking up really means.
A heart renching tale of love, hate, revenge, needs and wants. Although it seems impossible due to the nature of the storyline, this book is very complelling and funny to read. It will make you laugh out loud and sob your heart out all in the same page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book funny, moving and very, very witty. Unlike some other reviewers I thought all the asides were wonderful and I expected to award 5 stars until..... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Goldilocks
Too wordy.....I lost interest when reading a chapter that spent at least 10 pages just talking about a drinks cabinet....boring! Read morePublished 9 days ago by JLG
Good light read! However I ended up skipping whole pages as she just goes on too much!Published 5 months ago by Gouri
Lovely book. I'm a bit worried though about the description of the Walsh family being quirky.... because that makes the family I grew up in positively eccentric! Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.
My friend gave me her copy of this to read. It was my first Keyes book and it got me hooked on her. I love the way she writes. The stories about the Walsh stories are my favourite. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emma Poulloura