Widely celebrated for her debut novel, Drowning Ruth, Christina Schwarz once again proves herself to be a writer of remarkable depth and range. All Is Vanity probes into the mysteries of the human heart and uncovers the passions that drive ordinary people to break the rules in pursuit of their own desires.
©2002 Christina Schwarz; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"The hilariously disastrous story...is both a page-turner and a cautionary tale of consumerism run amok." (The New York Times)
"Schwarz has a wicked eye for human foibles...As funny as it is cruel, the novel sweeps you along on its fast-track slide to hell." (Publishers Weekly)
"A wickedly funny satire filled with spot-on details." (Booklist)
Why are these two people friends? This book is expertly written and humoursly woven around a tragic situation. The writing of this book must have been quit hard to write. The things Margaret does to her friend are unforgiveable. I loved it and cried at the end - Life is a cruel taskmaster - it is important for all of us to discover our talent and not copy from someone's life - it can come to the crumbling of oneself and friendship - As usual Blair reads it so good!
I loved Christina Schwarz's earlier Drwoning Ruth. This book was totally disappointing. While the writing was ok and the narrator did her best I could not stand the silly self absorbed characters. The point of view switched which was refreshing but not enough time spent with Letty to relieve the drivel of Margaret's life. Buy Drowning Ruth instead and listen to it twice!
Drivel is the word I kept hearing in my head as I read All is Vanity. Of course, the title says it all, but I had to spend all those hours listening to 2 immature, neurotic women bemoan decent lives while living in their fantasy worlds. I wish I hadn't bothered. Stick to Drowning Ruth which was a fantastic read.
I quite agree with Sara!! Christina Schwarz's first book Drowning Ruth was as good as this book is bad.
It starts out pleasant enough but goes nowehere fast. Christina could have been writing about herself, not being able to get a good idea to start writing this book.
As Sara said, buy Drowning Ruth instead and listen to it twice!
I would not listen to it again because the story has a build up that once you have read it and know what the outcome will be , the enjoyment might be lessened.
both characters stroke a cord with me and I could easily put myself in their shoes.
no I have not.
Keeping up appearences!!
After reading Drowning Ruth years ago, I enjoyed this book greatly, although they are not similar. I have definitely become a Christina Schwarz fan.
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