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Old-fashioned, sexist and with an ending that shows the writer simply didn't care about his plot.
on 14 April 2018
Not only is there no actual point to this book, it's set in some sort of old-fashioned world where women are glorified secretaries, ex-stripper trophy wives or silly cheating mistresses who sunbathe naked in front of men they think might be rapists, while men are sexy heroes with the gift of the gab, distinguished professors, or insanely powerful oligarchs/Greek tycoons. It might have well have been set in the 1960s for its view of sexual politics. Since Frayn is trying to write a contemporary novel, however, it just shows how dated he is. Plus, in refusing to play out the ending to the excellently-set-up farce denouement he's constructed, he walks away from the entire point of a farce: showing us how all the threads tie up. I genuinely do not know why he bothered to write it.