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Angels - Marian Keyes
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Angels - Marian Keyes
Date: 02/08/04, updated on 03/08/04 (220 review reads)
Advantages: very funny, sad and witty, fantastic writer, will make you laugh out loud (but maybe cry too..)
Disadvantages: some may say not very original storyline
"I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and ran away to Hollywood, I'd hardly ever put a foot wrong". This is the first line from the 6th Marian Keyes novel ?Angels?. If you are a ?Chic-fic? (or ?modern romantic fiction? if you prefer) fan and/or you really enjoy Marian Keyes, this book will have you laughing, crying and cheering from this first line to the last. When you start to read this book you will be drawn into the life of Maggie Walsh, you?ll find out how it all started?what went wrong?and then what went right again.
Maggie Walsh is one of five girls in a large Irish family. What I find really interesting and exciting when I start reading a Keyes book is that characters are sometimes linked by the sisters. Keyes first book ?Watermelon? was about Claire, another of her books, ?Rachael?s Holiday? is about (funnily enough) Rachael. This time it is Maggie?s turn. Although our main character is featured in the other two other novels, I must say that you will not lose anything by reading this one first (although I recommend you do read them because they are good!).
?In Watermelon? and ?Rachael?s Holiday?, we got to learn a little about each sister (although, the opinions were generally biased). Maggie was described as the one who never did anything wrong. She got married to her first boyfriend (Paul Garvan), left home and lived a happy life with her husband, never causing her parents or siblings any worry. So, to everyone, it was a big shock when she upped and left for LA.
Maggie has suspected Paul of having an affair with a truffle eating woman and instead of trying to work it out, she jumps on a plane to Los Angeles to go stay with her long time friend Emily, has ?romantic liaisons
? with two of Emily?s friends ? Troy (with the big nose and weight obsessed girlfriend) and Lara (the stunning lesbian with huge breast implants), she bumps into her teenage ?first love? who turns out to be a prat and she helps save Emily?s career as Script writer. Amongst all these goings ons, Maggie?s family come over from Ireland to stay for two weeks.
This book is funny, immensely moving and ultimately completely uplifting.
The Walsh family are as usual fabulous in all their dysfunctional glory. Maggie herself is a typical woman, with typical hopes and dreams and we can all relate to her shock at her broken marriage. Anyone who has ever had their heart broken will cry with her as she comes to terms with what has happened.
But unlike some novels set around a separation, never at any time does this book descend into self-pity and depression. Keyes strikes the balance of letting you understand the characters without making them into caricatures. The women in Angels are fighters and they keep going no matter what is thrown at them, sometimes with hilarious consequences.
In my opinion, ?Angels? is well written, funny; you can't help but turn the pages and I would definitely say this book was worth a read. Marian Keyes is a fantastic author and is amazing at using creative language but some may say the plot isn?t really anything new.
As a big fan of Marian Keyes, I have read all her books. I enjoyed this one and found myself unable to put it down (as with all the others) but I would not say it was my favourite. There is nothing ?lacking? from it ? it?s just that I personally preferred the storyline in a couple of her other books (?Rachael?s Holiday? and ?Last Chance Saloon? to be precise).
All in all, Keyes has written another excellent 'chick-fic' novel, and
she may be sticking to a formula but it is one that works. This book will brighten up your darkest of moods and leave you feeling as cheery as anyone could be. Have I anything thing else to say? Yes. Read it.
** ?Angels? is available on hardback and paper back from your usual well-known bookshops or online from Amazon. The retail price is £6.99 for paperback and £16.99 for a hardback copy, but there are many deals around so you probably won?t pay this much.
** ISBN: 0-718-14466-x