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A terrific first novel by an excellent writer,
This review is from: A Vision of Loveliness (Paperback)
Louise Levene's first novel, "A Vision of Loveliness", is wonderful. The story of Suzy and Janey, two very naughty girls, living at other people's expense in early 1960's Mayfair, is thoroughly convincing, supported by a wealth of authentic period details, particularly those concerning women's fashion but also the social mores of the time. The latter are particularly telling because much of the delight of the novel arises from the desperate desire of the two girls to establish themselves in the kind of society where, they hope, their good looks will secure them a luxury lifestyle.
The satire is highly effective and, notwithstanding the thoroughly disreputable behaviour of Suzy and Janey, I fell in love with them both. I realised quite early on that I am (or was in 1963) the same age as the two main characters which may explain why I enjoyed their adventures so much. But I think the book will appeal to anyone of whatever age who enjoys good writing: vivid dialogue, razor sharp observation and comic drama.
A terrific first novel.