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30 December 2008 @ 11:21 pm
ribs and terrors in the whale  
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson

I was so looking forward to this, as the one frothy read in a mountain of undoubtedly worthier but far more off-putting tomes. I was, equally, so disappointed with it. I'm not even going to bother quoting the passages I've marked, regarding the importance of always wearing good makeup and the psychology of silk underclothes. From what I can tell, many people here don't believe in those things anyway. As a Cinderella story, it was singularly dull. Maybe it was because Miss Pettigrew was such a useless character. Her one talent is for saying rash things while drunk! Oh yes, what a paragon to emulate. And the other women, well. What a curious mixture of laudable ambition and breath-takingingly complicit misogyny. Not at all recommended.

Previously, on Book Glomp 2008:
#1Middlemarch | #2Invisible Monsters | #3A Thousand Splendid Suns | #4Love in the Time of Cholera | #5Oscar and Lucinda | #6Kim | #7Breakfast at Tiffany's | #8Atonement | #9To the Lighthouse | #10On the Road | #11Brideshead Revisited | #12Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | #13Bonjour Tristesse | #14A Passage to India | #15Three Men in a Boat | #16Vile Bodies | #17Prozac Nation | #18The Heart of the Matter | #19Jinx; #20Airhead | #21Doomsday Book | #22The Gum Thief | #23Choke | #24The Stone Gods | #25Beauty | #26Before They Are Hanged | #27The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation | #28Franny and Zooey | #29Girl in a Blue Dress | #30A Doll's House | #31Nation | #32City of Bones | #33Flashman | #34Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
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trichinopoly ash: kristen bell: what's up?aldehyde on December 31st, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
oh man that sucks. i saw the film on the plane and while it wasn't the greatest, it entertained me [it was light and didn't require much brainpower and was a feel-good type of film]. i was thinking of reading the book b/c i thought it'd be better but i guess not? :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bollywoodscoradh on December 31st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
There was a sticker on the book about a film with Amy Adams, but I never heard of it coming out. Huh.

Well, I'll say what I always say: read for yourself. :P But if your taste is like mine you'll find it polished and hollow. I want meat with my romantic veg.