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Last Chance Saloon

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  25,039 ratings  ·  626 reviews
Ever since legwarmers were cool, best friends Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have survived small-town ennui, big-city heartbreak, and endless giddy nights out on the town. But now that they've graduated to their slightly more serious thirties, only Fintan has what can honestly be called a "love life." With Tara struggling daily with her eternal diet—and her dreadful, penny-pi ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1999)
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I've read all of Marian Keyes' novels now, and I have to say that this might be her best yet. Watermelon was great, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married a bit disappointing, Rachel's Holiday mildly depressing and frustrating, but Last Chance Saloon had me hooked. I very much enjoyed the cast of characters, each very well sketched out. The book really is a clever look at how easily one can become complacent, how easy it is to settle or simply float through life. The novel was a perfect mix of having ...more
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I am so happy that I'm finished with this book!! I love Marian Keyes but this book left me with an agonizing desire to throw it across the room! But I was determined to finish it no matter what. I just couldn't get into this story. Perhaps, it was just too long and therefore, became quite boring. Or perhaps, it was because I couldn't seem to like the characters, with the possible exception of Tara. It had a good life to the fullest. I liked that, so that's something positive. Some ...more
Arielle Walker
No, this is not great literature. It isn't perfect, it may not even the one of the best Marian Keyes books. What it is is funny, gentle, sweet and relatively calm - exactly what I've been needing to read.

In typical Keyes fashion, the characters are all terrible flawed and all the more likeable for it. I really think Katherine is not up there with my favourite Keyes characters, as is the lovely Fintan (which makes the usual heartbreaking plot-line of the book even more heartbreaking). (view spoi
Book review from BookCrossing: I'm a disaster at remembering to write journal entries while I can still remember the book! Sheesh! And the only reason I'm going to write a journal entry on this one is because it's getting in a box with some magazines to go to an American in Japan.

Back to the journal entry on this book -- I have several spots marked, so let's see if I can remember what I marked!

I don't know why I marked page 70, but I hated Thomas from the beginning. The conversation on this page
Michele Minor
Tara, Fintan and Katherine have been good friends for a long time ever since they were teenagers in Ireland. The three of them now live in London with only Fintan who has what could be called a love life. Tara is staying with her verbally abusive, penny-pinching boyfriend because she feels that he is the last chance that he has for marriage and children. Katherine who was heart broken from a past relationship keeps her single life organized and is happy being single. Fintan is in a long term ser ...more
This was another Marian Keyes book that I liked the sound of and was looking forward to reading.

Straight away I got a sense of fun from the main characters, they had a great friendship and were comfortable and relaxed in each others company. Tara had a bit of a problem with food and I could totally relate to that! Any parts that mentioned her hunger either had me nodding my head because it’s something I do, or laughing out loud at how hilariously she behaves when she’s hungry. Seeing everyday ob
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Tara, Katherine et Fintan sont copains depuis des années. Ils ont quitté ensemble l’Irlande et leurs familles respectives pour venir s’installer à Londres et vivre à fond leur vie de trentenaires. Alors que Tara la romantique s’enfonce dans une relation vouée à l’échec avec l’affreux Thomas, Katherine l’éternelle célibataire envoie balader tous les prétendants potentiels. Mais tous ces soucis leur semblent soudain bien triviaux, quand elles apprennent que Fintan es
Buku ini bercerita tentang persahabatan. Dan menurut aku, buku ini bagus, karena gak hanya sekedar haha-hihi and talking about sex, tapi juga tentang sebuah sahabat yang selalu ada dalam saat senang dan sedih.

Para tokoh ini buku ini ada Tara, Katherine, Liv dan Fintan. Tara, Katherine dan Fintan berasal dari kota yang sama di Irlandia. Kemudian Liv masuk ke dalam kehidupan mereka ketika jadi teman seapartemen Katherine dan Tara di London.

Cerita dimulai dengan pesta ulang tahun Tara yang ke 31, d
This story is all about making the most of your time and not wasting your life. Tara is so afraid of being alone and Katherine can't get over her past, and both have to be forced into making a change in their life so they can find happiness. I liked the contrast of the stability of Fintan and Sandro's relationship, though I thought it was heartbreaking that Sandro had to go through all he did for a second time. No one should have to do that more than once. I found it interesting the way Lorcan's ...more
Christine Tsui
This is my favourite Marian Keyes book. The characters are funny and flawed but in an all too familiar way. I can see myself and people I know in each of the main characters.

I've read this book many times over the years and I can happily pick this book up and start from a page chosen at random. The storyline is really engaging and I've laughed and cried reading this book.

I think this was one of the first chick-lit books I read but I feel it's more than that. It's about the sometimes complicated
Barbara Elsborg
Another story for me where I couldn't connect with the characters. Keyes is very skilful at drawing pictures of relationships and I did feel the friendship of these people but I didn't care enough about them. Even the guy I should really have felt sorry for was so obnoxious at times that I wanted to slap him. Tara - also needed a slap. But maybe that's showing what a good job the novelist did. If she makes you see you don't have to put up with that sort of behaviour from a guy, then she's done s ...more
Laugh out loud funny but emotional too loved it
Kat A
The more I read, the more I love. Excellent! As engaging as Sushi for Beginners this is another ensemble story about three best friends and their lives and loves. I literally could not put it down. I just wanted to know what happened! I really liked the characters of Tara and Katherine, and their back stories and that although everyone didn't end up happily ever after, the potential to be happy was there. I'm on to another Walsh book, the last because she hasn't written one about Helen yet. Look ...more
Angge Vasquez
Now I understand why this book called out to me. I found this in a book sale. I had it on my hands and as I stride looking for the right book, I let it go and pick up a new one. Then I would see it in a different aisle, hold on to it again and thought found another title better. Moved to a different shelf and there it was again! So I bought it along with other titles.

So again I was absorbed and I read it overnight. I was reading this and felt it.

I felt Tara in me, the undying search for the ind
This is my personal favourite from Keyes. One that I return to often when I'm lacking any new material to wet my appetite. Its got a few little twists and turns as all Keyes books do. I found the characters so likeable, though I do wish that Fintan was developed a little more, his story line was probably the weakest for me of the three. Still its a good laugh, a little teary if you are having a particularly weak day and a little saucy. All in all a pleasant read over and over again.
Clare O'Beara
This is a light read at somewhat too great a length. We follow three friends from a small town in the West of Ireland who have moved to London for work; two girls and a gay lad. Mainly we see their life in London as they hit their thirties but there are occasional flashbacks.

Tara has had a series of useless boyfriends, after one bout of going steady with a man who refused to marry her, then left her, found someone else, married her and started having babies. She's now stuck with a stingy loser
Wow, this book was terrific! it was funny and full of humanity. The main character is supper cool, and she has a great circle of friends, except it is also a bit sad as one of her friends is terminally ill. Anyway, its a beautifully written book that will keep you glued to each page. It's one of the best books I've read.
This was the first Marian Keyes book I ever read but also my least favorite. All her other books outshine this one, from their witty characters to the twisty turvy hilarious plots. I love humor about dark subjects and she always does a great job making me laugh out loud. But this book I laughed the least...
Jul 29, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Katy
This book was definitely a page-turner. It's chick-lit, but it's about Irish people living in London, so I wasn't embarrassed to read it in public. I loved the character of Tara, who is a bit like an Irish Bridget Jones. I think we can all relate to her. Thanks, Katy!
Este ha sido el único libro que he leído de Marian Keyes, y aunque no fue una lectura tan mala, no voy a repetir. No sentí nada mientras leía esta novela, y el chick lit me parece un género de lo más frustrante.
Jane Porter
Massive Marian Keyes fan! Watermelon might just always be my favorite since it was my first Keyes novel I ever read (and her debut) but I love everything she writes, and this was terrific, too.
I LOVED this book when I first read it. It was the first Marian Keyes book I had ever read and it got me hooked on all of her other books. However, we read this book for my book club, at my suggestion, and I didn't think it had held up well over time. I couldn't relate to the characters the same way that I was able to when I was in my twenties and still single. On the first reading I would have given it 5 stars and probably 3 for the second reading, so I averaged them to make 4. Overall, I still ...more
Muy divertido y, aunque no me gustan los libros con varias historias paralelas, la verdad es que me ha gustado mucho
I love Marian Keyes. I read this book over two nights and spent the day in between wishing I was at home reading.
This was really cute. Keyes is hilarious! I will read more of her stuff..
Iva Pejkovic
One of the rare chic lit books that has some kind of smart message
One of my favorites by my favorite author!
Megan Jones
This is the first Keyes book I have read and I will definitely be reading more. It follows the story of Katherine, Tara, Liv and Fintan and their various dramas in their early thirties. The different threads are all believable and the characters all seem real. The story of Fintan I found to be particularly good and emotional. The characters are all likeable and realistic and I felt that I could relate to them all. Overall if you like chick lit then this is definitely the book for you, it is unpu ...more
I borrowed this book from a friend a couple of months ago and only got to it now. I read books depending on what I feel like next, and after my last one I really needed a chick lit book. I was so glad I had this one at hand! I have read several of Marian Keye's books and I like her style, so I was looking forward to immerse myself in her characters.

Last Chance Saloon is the story of three best friends, Tara, Katherine, and Fintan. Now in their early thirties, they have known each other since the
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Marian Keyes, born September 10, 1963, is a popular Irish writer, considered to be one of the original progenitors of "chick lit". Keyes' first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995. Since then she has published seven further novels and two collections of non-fiction, and has sold 15 million copies of her books in 30 languages.

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