When the story comes to light and Sheba falls prey to the inevitable media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense; an account that reveals not only Sheba's secrets, but her own. What results is a complex psychological portrait framed as a wicked satire - a story of passion and repression, mercy and betrayal.
©2003 Zoë Heller; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Gripping from start to finish; Heller brings vivid, nuanced characterizations to the racy story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Both a penetrating character study and a sharp examination of voyeurism, Heller's novel is utterly brilliant." (Booklist)
"Equally adroit at satire and at psychological suspense, Heller charts the course of a predatory friendship and demonstrates the lengths to which some people go for human company." (New Yorker)
I agree with several of the other reviews here. The subtly and elegance of the writing was masterful. I have not seen the movie and from what I've heard, think I'll just leave it that way. I came away with such vivid pictures of these characters I would hate to spoil it, like toothpaste after orange juice. The progression of the main characters from independent interesting women into their tangle of dependancy was so smooth you hardly felt it happening. I made me really look at the more subtle aspects of who we lean on in our lives and why.
I also agree that the narration was perfect for the book. I really enjoyed the entire package.
I love the tongue in cheek tone and wit in this book and the narrator's voice is perfect for the character. Loved the movie and this is even better.
This story needs an actual plot. Listening to it just feels like listening to a bitter person vent all day and ramble.
It was hard to understand the narrator. I know it's set in London, but I've heard other British narrators who were very easy to understand.
No, I really wanted to return the book, and will try to do so.
The narrator who READS this book is just fine--really good, in fact, but the I just got to the point where I couldn't really stand any more of the 1st person narrator/PROTAGONIST of this book. I can like a rogue, but this woman is dreadful in a too-little-redeemed kind of way.
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