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And What Do You Do? Paperback – 20 May 2004

3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (20 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099457180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099457183
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,401,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SHOPAHOLIC grows up -!

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Shopaholics grows up!

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Format: Paperback
but generally, I agree with other 1/2star reviewers. For a start, none of the characters (with the possible exception of Lorinda) seemed to have anything going for them at all. I really couldn't have cared less whether Laura was unhappy or not and as for her husband - well, she'd have been better off without him. Although I did enjoy some of the local detail, it was an almost totally charmless book - quite an achievement when writing about one of the most charming cities in the world.
What bugged me most, I think, was the lack of humour and the somewhat amoral tone of the book. The pregnant girlfriend is viewed only as an inconvenience to be got rid of asap - no mention of child support, responsibility or future contact, Laura ends her tepid affair pretty much because Antoine gets on her nerves - you can't help fearing for the future of a marriage between two such shallow individuals.
Generally, the author makes some horrendous sweeping statements about the French and, being a francophile, i resented this. But the thing that really got my blood boiling was when the author made a crack about the Nazi maxim: 'Arbeit macht frei', saying that maybe they had a point after all.
Hello?
This was the phrase inscribed above the gates of the death camps - and absolutely not a legitimate source of fun anywhere, and certainly not for this reasonably written but ultimately tepid and superficial yarn. Baaaad taste, I'm afraid.
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Format: Paperback
I was rather disappointed by this book, so many things grated: the endless stereotypes (the French are like this, the Brits are like this, the Americans are like this); the vile heroine (I just couldn't warm to Laura at all, and much preferred poor Asa!); the idea that boring old housewives have nothing significant to say for themselves and only sit around having coffee all day and thinking up ways to fill their time when they could be much more interesting people at work; the double standards of the affairs; the predictable ending. A pleasant enough holiday read but leaves more bitter aftertaste than a cheap instant coffee.
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Format: Hardcover
I was really disappointed in this book. Whereas I found Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series very entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this is really quite trite and predictable, and the in-jokes are stretched out beyond belief . The story trots along at a reasonable pace, but I found the characters more like caricatures - the husband, Jean-Laurent is a complete bore, with his business books and his Porsche - a pretty one-dimensional man with not much going for him; we have endless descriptions of Asa the home help and her eating problems (yawn), and the French lover, Antoine, who just happens to turn up at the right time to whisk our heroine into fantasy mistress land. There is a reference on practically every other page to 37-year old Laura's previous "great job in advertising" that you can't help wishing she'd stayed in it, so that Sarah Long wouldn't have dreamed her up and felt compelled to write about her new life. The heroine is annoying in her apathy, lack of direction and constant reference to how much things in Paris cost in pounds (I don't know why but this really bothered me).
A distinct lack of laughs, predictable Parisian in-jokes and comments about the tourists and ex-pats... blah blah. Dullsville.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book, and it is one that I've read over and over again. As someone who has lived in Paris for several years, I thoroughly enjoyed the author's observations about the French capital and its residents. I found this book hilarious and highly entertaining, and I would definitely recommend it.
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