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Becky Sharp rides again!
on 16 October 2012
Nicholas Colergidge is MD of Condé Nast and as they publish my favourite magazine, Tatler, I was interested to read his novels. Having read Deadly Sins and Streetsmart I was excited to read The Adventuress with a female protagonist this time. It started off very well, a modern take on Thackeray's `Vanity Fair'. I love his descriptions of London society and that he uses real places and real streets instead of the usual made-up nonsense of contemporary fiction.
However, whilst the plot was stimulating I felt it lacked characterisation, Cath and indeed all her lovers, all came across as very one-dimensional and devoid of emotion. I enjoyed the plot technique of intertwining the lives of the 3 main characters. The climax of the story, although long-awaited, is very quickly dealt with. However, the Epilogue ties up all the loose ends nicely. A fun, fast-paced humorous read, I would recommend it.