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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and Death in the Pantry, 1 May 2001
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This review is from: Laura Blundy (Hardcover)
I didn't want to pick this book up at all. It all looked too familiar; bedraggled but attractive waif is rescued from grim sojourn on London's cobbled streets by shy but sensitive up-and-coming young professional, who treats her to a lovely house, a new wardrobe and the promise of becoming a laydee. What a relief, then to find that Julie Myerson, with sly relish, unpeels all these conventions to reveal squirming, raw human nature capable of every extreme. To take us through, we have Laura- a caustically funny, ruthless narrator who sees through what her fellow-characters, and we, want her to be. There are grotesques aplenty, in a take on nineteenth-century that is more David Lynch than Dickens- amputations, sexual sadism and a cracking murder scene that's more culinary than gothic. But there's also a clear-sighted perception of what drives these figures to commit horrendous acts- not inhumanity, but humanity deprived of its most basic longings
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