Possibly the only drawback about the best-selling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.
Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.
These other subjects include:
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"More Anthologies Please!"
Caitlin Moran is one of those open secrets of the newspaper and magazine reading fraternity that they've been keeping annoyingly quite for twenty years.
Now that she's burst onto the 'all the pages stuck together' book scene, first with How To Be A Woman, and now her Moranthology, her unusual take on life has been opened up to a whole new audience. And while the books themselves are funny, thought-provoking and occasionally not a little poignant, Moran is a writer who genuinely benefits from audio presention, and by presentation in her own voice. Clearly, she knows better than anyone how to present her columns - of which this is largely a collection - to the best effect, and her personality comes across in the reading, like the kind of thing that would happen if you sent Maureen Lipman, Katie Puckrick and Germaine Greer into the Large Hadron Collider and sat the result in front of a word processor or a microphone.
Moranthology is a sometimes sideways, sometimes "what are you looking at" straight on look at a range of subjects entirely inessential to the modern human being, but ultimately really fascinating to look at through her lenses nonetheless.
"A good read"
I bought this book as I was unexpectedly bowled over by Cailin's other book and was not disappointed by this. It is definitely not 'PC' and it won't be to everyone's taste. However, her engaging style and honest writing make a refreshing change from lots of the usual diatribes of modern day writers. I thought it was not quite as good as her previous book, but then, for me, that had the element of surprise. Well worth downloading.
"Disappointing compared to How to be a Woman"
I read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and loved it, it was well written, well read and I laughed out loud in several places. When Moranthology came out I was very excited to read it so as soon as it was available on audio I got it. Well it was certainly a disappointment; not interesting, not great writing or narration and not at all funny. I think I might have laughed a bit once but it certainly wasn't the burst-out-laughing-embarrass-yourself-on-public-transport laughing I did reading How To Be a Woman. It's essentially a list of things Caitlin likes which in places is very tiresome. She writes a book review in one chapter which is about as interesting as reading a GCSE essay. She spends ages going on about tv reviews and how hot Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is. We've all heard the Lady Gaga story before so stop going on about it. She considers herself some sort of political/economics/social policy expert which she clearly is not nada lot of her poorly researched, emotional witherings really put me off her. As for the painful conversations she has in bed with her poor husband, I can't bring myself to think of the cringingly pathetic stereotypical 'woman' questions she asks the poor bloke, she's not exactly doing womankind a favour by playing up to the stereotype. Some of her pronunciations are a bit dodgy and she seems to use the same words over and over again. Perhaps a thesaurus for Christmas Caitlin? I really, really wanted to like this book and desperately wanted to give it 3 stars but have opted for 2 as that's a more accurate reflection of my disappointment. 'Tangotastic' wrote an excellent review on Amazon which expresses my feelings exactly, if only I'd read it before I bought this.
"Funny, insightful, & tough-talking, classic Moran"
I had recently read 'How to be a Woman' and then seen Moran do a reading from youtube, so when I saw that she had another book out, I thought it would be one to listen to, rather than read, because she narrates it herself. I wasn't disappointed, although it is not as funny as 'How to be a Woman', its still a really good listen.
I love Caitlin Moran's attitude, I always have. She's someone I've been aware of since she first appeared on our televisions in Naked City, but have loved her all the more in recent years reading every article that I have come across, and compounded that love with her wonderful 'How to be a Woman'.
This collection of columns is brilliantly delivered with the vivacity and honesty you expect, and whilst many columnists often mostly rely on the rye, sarcastic angle to their observations of life, Moran also demonstrates a wonderful capacity for genuinely good writing too. Her descriptions of Elizabeth Taylor and Amy Winehouse are magical and serious subjects like mental health are touching, but ultimately fearless and real.
I am not a big-haired girl, I've simply never been blessed with the locks required, but I hope she'd let me be in her gang anyway.
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