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Titel: The Unfortunates
Verlag: Harper Collins., London
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket
Signiert: By Author
Art des Buches: Used
First edition, first printing. Signature from author with dedication on title page. Binding is very well preserved though with extremely light surface wear to covers, pages are clean and crisp, and printing is tight, clean and bright throughout. MB. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 249352
The eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA.
What hope is there for Poppy Minkel? With her kinky hair, out-sticking ears, too yellow neck and appetite for fun, her mother Dora despairs of ever finding her a husband, despite the Minkel's Mustard fortune that seasons Poppy's dubious attractions. Correctness, duty and Dora Minkel Ear Correcting Bandages are the weapons in the Great Husband Hunt ? and a torture to a girl who has her own hazy ideas about beauty, love and marriage. When world events intervene, Poppy's tendency to the unusual is quietly allowed to flourish. Her mother, meanwhile, finds comfort in a bottle of Tilden's Extract and the commanding ways of Aunt Fish. World War I opens new horizons for Poppy. With never a moment of self-doubt, she invents her own extraordinary life in step with the unfolding century.
Narrated by a heroine as original and enchanting as Sally Bowles, THE UNFORTUNATES is an hilarious, sweeping celebration of passion's triumph over prudence.
Rezension: Poppy Minkel is the daisy fresh, naively witty star of Laurie Graham's The Unfortunates. Poppy is a mustard heiress with crinkle-cut hair, sticky-out ears and a nutty Jewish family. When Pa goes down with the Titanic, Ma decides Poppy was destined to be the companion of her old age. Instead Thoroughly Modern Poppy, blessed with ' savoir faire and unusual beauty' sashays into 1920s New York in search of generation-defining moments.
In a series of flashbulb-bright adventures Ms. Minkel acquires two husbands, two children, and a variety of breathless accomplishments--designer, aviatrix, gallerista. Poppy Minkel is determined to live up to her mantra: 'I'm modern and fun-loving and rich.' It's not all ditzy fun though, Poppy may glide along the surface of things admirably, but Laurie Graham's deft prose gets to the heart of things. The loss, grief, ignorance, and emotional vulnerbality that surround the events of the Second World War play in devasating counterpoint to Poppy's self-centred aplomb. Her breezy resilence allows her to deal with a drunken, violent first husband, with his haikus and his "glancing blows" and pretty much ignore anything else of consequence. It's only towards the end of the novel when faced with family tragedy that her regret slips in and "placed the heaviest weight around my heart". The Unfortunates is deliciously Nancy Mitford,--glinting with irony, sadness and humour.
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