In Fay Weldon's 1983 classic, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, women fought men for power and won. In 2017, men take the ultimate step to get their power back. Ruth Patchett, the original 'She Devil,' is now 84 and keen to retire. But who can take up her mantle?
Enter Ruth's grandson Tyler, a confident 20-something: beautiful, resentful and unemployed. Tyler won't be satisfied until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of power and status. A woman.
This book makes no sense if you haven’t read the original Life and Loves of a She Devil and/or seen the TV series starring Julie T. Wallace, Patricia Hodge and Dennis Waterman. Even though I’d done both I found the present book confusing as numerous children, step-children and grandchildren of the main characters are introduced and the narrative jumps about with details of their lives mixed up with visits by Mary Fisher’s ghost, scenes with a very elderly Bobo and the ruminations of the She Devil in her 90th decade, plus the thoughts of other peripheral characters.
There is very little actual story just a miss-mash of words that are often more like a stream of consciousness that allowed the author to go off on self-indulgent verbal riffs of foul-mouthed venom or regurgitate out-of date feminist paranoia.
Half-way through I was getting so bored with the book I started skipping chapters. I would have returned the book had I not got it free in a 2 for 1 offer.
I have enjoyed many of the author’s books so was disappointed that she has produced this tedious book.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful