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A chick lit book that I curiously found enjoyable to read - but don't hold it against me!
Angels - Marian Keyes
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Angels - Marian Keyes
Date: 09/06/09, updated on 10/06/09 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Enjoyable read
Disadvantages: Not for me on a regular basis!
Now, I know this book REALLY isn't aimed at me, and I don't know what on earth I was doing reading it, but my wife has a plethora of chick lit floating around the house, and every now and then, curiosity gets the better of me.
This is Marian Keyes' sixth novel, and it's actually very funny. If you're a bloke, reading this, wondering what on earth I'm doing not only reading it, but reviewing it, too, then there is a reason: insight! In a very funny way, it provides a gripping story, with comedy, anger, and a variety of other emotions, as we see Keyes' lead character, maggie, adjusting to life without a husband and on the other side of the Pond in the States!
What it does is, I suppose, appeal to women who go about daily routines, and whisks them off in a literary world to a care-free land where it's all about partying, long nights and late mornings. I suppose the key thing here is that keyes has written a book filled with fantasy. And I have to say, this can occasionally go for men, too! No matter how happy we are in our lives, there is always the appeal of reinventing yourself and what you do.
Maggie's decision to jack in her current life as the 'sensible' one in the family, leaving her unfaithful husband to stay with her friend, Emily, is very well written by Keyes, and actually flows incredibly quickly. The style of writing is very easy to follow, and doesn't require a great deal of concentration. The words seem to flow off the page, and part of this is the appeal you get and the ability to relate, not necessarily to someone in this situation, but to the desire to just up and leave to do something different, to make things that bit mroe interesting.
I'm sure we all think about it, some of us even talk about it, no doubt, but Marian Keyes' Maggie has actually done it. The book is 468 pages long, and really doesn't take long to read at all. It is easy to read quickly - I know my wife skim reads a lot, particularly when she has already read it once. Quite often, she'll take a couple of hours to get through a book. Me, it took just a couple of days.
Angels is readily available in bookshops. Although it retails at £6.99, it is a book I have seen in charity shops as well as online for much cheaper. A recommended read, even if not aimed at me, and I don't think I could read this sort of book too often, but once in a while is pretty enjoyable!
Summary: Well written and easy to read, aimed at women, but doesn't mean us men can't read it!