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This Charming Man

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  21,356 ratings  ·  1,102 reviews
The lives of four very different women have been shaped—and battered—by one charming man. . . .

Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy—the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin"—has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, votegetti...more
ebook, 576 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2008)
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Faye
I am so disappointed in this book! I believe I have read everything Marian Keyes has published, and I had such high hopes.... Many other reviewers have given a synopsis of this book, so I'll not repeat their words. The following are among the reasons I am so distressed.

The first 75 pages of this book (and periodically throughout the rest) are written in the voice of Lola, one of four female main characters. The writing style is the most maddening Bridget-Jones-text-message mess you can imagine!...more
Becca
WARNING!! If you have been, or are, a victim of domestic violence, please be aware that this book depicts the violence and the situations very graphically. Ensure that you are ready to confront this imagery.

I give this book 5 stars if you are not reading it as a beach read, typical chick lit book, or even a typical Marian Keyes book. This is a powerful story that can be very disturbing (even if you have not been a victim of domestic violence). The "voice" of Lola is written in very annoying frag...more
Amanda
Marian Keyes makes me veer from insane giggling to fury to sorrow at/with her characters. She can be so funny and then make you feel such empathy for the protagonists. This book has four narrators who all have a relationship (of some sort) with Paddy de Courcy, a slick Irish politician. Issues in This Charming Man include domestic violence, alcoholism, depression, and severe lack of self-confidence - and it's still filled with humor that made me laugh like crazy.
One of the narrators is an alcoho...more
george
Lola. Grace. Marnie. Alicia. Four very different women with one connection: Paddy de Courcy. Told from each of the four women's viewpoints, This Charming Man explains how each of the women is deeply affected by this one man. All of the women are struggling with something, despite her outwardly normal appearance. The story starts with the announcement of de Courcy's engagement and the women's different reactions. From there we get to see why each woman reacted in her own way--and the reasons are...more
Jonathan McNamara
Apr 27, 2008 Jonathan McNamara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a grain of emotional sense
Shelves: just-read
I stayed up all night reading this brilliant book. marian Keyes has never come across as being afraid of tackling huge and important psychologically real issues. Make of that what you will. Under the girlish covers of her books I've always found pertinent issues; In 'This Charming Man' the issues are corrupt politicians, battered girlfriends, underhanded antics at work; steadfast firm friends as well as a wickedly funny turn involving cross-dressers (not trannies though one of them is gay). The...more
Heidi
I liked this book, but do not read if looking for funny, uplifting read. The reviewers on back of dust jacket have obviously not read book or have seriously different sense of humor than I do.
Book is story of five/six various women who have all come into contact with same politician man who is quiet frankly shit, he's a shit man and is very very nasty. This book is each woman's road into ruin via this horrid politian as it deals with issues such as abuse, cross dressing, rape within a relations...more
Colleen Pence
My favorite book I've read this summer is, This Charming Man, by Irish author, Marian Keyes. I'm a huge fan of hers and have read all of her books. They've been thoughtful, delightful and entertaining. But This Charming Man weaves together compellingly stark portrayals of alcoholism and domestic violence in a serious, yet sassy, page-turner that isn't, strangely, depressing. The women in the book come together to confront their abuser and, while not all of their issues are immediately resolved,...more
Rainbow
Strange book. Many sections written almost entirely without subjects or articles. Difficult to get used to, but Marian Keyes perhaps most charming/likable author in world. Also funny. Book seems to be named after Smiths song for no reason. Also appears to be lame chick lit, but isn't.
Thomas Ullman
889 pages and I read it in 8 days, so that probably says it all. Marian Keyes tells the story through the eyes of four women all connected with said 'Charming Man,' Paddy de Courcey. Paddy is charismatic, powerful and women go weak at the knees when he appears....oh and he is violent and manipulative.

It's a very fine book in that it deals with serious issues of domestic violence and manipulation and yet (as in all her books) is very funny.

I think you could pick up any Marian Keyes book and enjoy...more
Keris
Reviewed by Claire Allan

I doubt there has been such an eagerly awaited book as Marian Keyes' This Charming Man - how we have watched eagerly over the past two years as news of her latest book filtered out. There was going to be a character called Lola in it. It was going to deal with domestic violence. It was going to be very, very long (hurrah!).

My excitement reached a peak when I discovered a copy just in time for my holidays and as I stroked the gorgeous purple cover I was dying to dig in - b...more
Wminbc
Quite simply one of Keyes best works...so many different voices flowing and weaving together into a powerful work of pain, addiction, disparity, loathing, love, fashion and family! Lola kicks ass...I loved her most, but all parts fit like an amazing 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Barbara Elsborg
I found this book disappointing. The different fonts for different voices were not needed and rather aggravating. The clipped voice of Lola was beyond annoying. I just couldn't see the requirement. It was insulting to the reader as if we couldn't tell the difference between the voices.
I've no problem with the subject matter - but what the hell did these women find charming about him?? With only a few snapshots of his bullying violence - how could we see what they saw in him? He is a manipulator...more
Darshan Elena
Dear Ms. Keyes,

Sometimes I cringe over my reading selections and dawdle before diving in... That is how I tend to approach your writing. Then I dive and there is nothing that can pull me away. As an author within the genre of chick litterers, you excel, charming the likes of me again and again.

I love your awareness of intimate violence and how state mandates regarding citizenship and immigration sustain and extend. How eloquent, daring, and ethical is Dee in this regard! I love the wit, kink, a...more
Ngaire
Gosh, another great Marian Keyes book - just when I thought she couldn't get any better. I don't want to make any rash statements here, but I don't think that Marian Keyes is writing "chick lit" (god, how I hate that term) anymore. She's writing serious fiction that also happens to be hilarious in places. Must admit that the first chapter or so of Lola's story threw me off a bit, kept checking to make sure the entire book wasn't written in that diary style, but after a while it totally grew on m...more
Emma
Jul 22, 2008 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most women
Recommended to Emma by: Boss at work
You know what? I expected to read this book and think, urgh there's another chick-lit same-old same-old. I'm not the biggest fan of chick-lit but I can happily flit into the genre when I fancy something light-hearted.
I didn't find this predictable, though, which is my usual qualm with chick-lit.

Lola is easily the funniest and most engaging of the characters; I found myself looking forward to her bits the most. Grace is sarcastic, witty, and the woman that binds all the plots together.
Marnie is t...more
mary
After an initial love affair with Keyes, I went off her. Her earlier novels, the ones I'd found at least, each focused on one member of a family, and I was getting weary of them - started forgetting who was who, etc.

But This Charming Man is a treasure. In the two weeks it took me to finish it, I have fallen in love with Grace and her unique family, Lola and her trannie, and a boatload of other characters as they work so hard to figure it all out.

This Charming Man is the first book ever to occupy...more
Kathryn
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Lianne
I really love Marian Keyes. I love how she can handle a serious subject -- here, domestic violence -- and inject both heartbreak and laughter in the same page. Because of the way she tackles such serious issues, I don't think of her books as chick lit anymore. I wanted a little more at the end of this book, but overall it was a great read.
rach arkless
I love Marian Keyes, I just love her. I can't believe I wrote her off for so long as just another one of thousands of chick-lit writers. Her books are so funny and true to life, just brilliant and this one no exception! Could relate to all the main characters for one reason or another, was just a joy to read.
Reetta Saine
Minä olen viimeinkin löytänyt naisviihteilijän, joka oikeasti viihdyttää minua!! Kieli ja huumori ovat parhautta, ja kannattaakin etsiä oikeankielinen versio. Opit varmasti paljon uusia sanoja. Ai joo, parisuhdeväkivalta ja poliitiikka ei aiheina liene ihan yleisimpiä romansseissa.
Steve Lindahl
I was telling my daughter-in-law recently how I give all the books I review either three, four, or five stars, because I don't finish the ones I would rate as one or two. This Charming Man nearly fell in that latter category. A great deal of time was spent developing the stories of Lola, Grace, and Marnie. Grace wasn't in bad shape, but the other two women were hard to take. Lola and Marnie were both struggling in their work because they were in such bad psychological states they couldn't do bas...more
Heeral

I am a big Marian fan, she has the ability to write heartbreaking stories with ladlefuls of humour on every page, practically swing you from giggles to tears. This is rare for any author and let alone any in so called "women's fiction"

When this book hit the shelves, maybe my expectations were just too high because I had read all available Marian Keyes books and loved most of them. Each of these 4 women, Lola, Gracie, Marnie and Alicia are in one way or another impacted by this charming Irish pol...more
Rachel
Honestly, I couldn't keep up with this book. There was too much mystery. I did like the characters, and I was interested enough to continue through the whole book, so I rated it as "ok" instead of that I didn't like it, but I felt very impatient. I knew it was all going to come together (and I of course had a pretty good guess as to what it was going to be) but it took a rather long time to get there. Then, the falling action was very short. It didn't match with the super-drawn-out set up of the...more
Iris Blobel
Honestly, this book didn't rock my world. I remember reading "Anybody out there" and I was in tears.


We get to know four women, all of them somehow know Paddy De Courcy who has just announced his engagement. We learn their stories, their ups and downs, and how their life's been affected by Paddy.

The first, I don't know, 100 pages were horrible. H-o-r-r-i-b-l-e. It was Lola's story and as much as I liked her story, I skipped most of her's because of the Diary/Blog like writing style. But honestly...more
Elizabeth Ducie
We all have one of those days occasionally – all we want to do is kick back and switch off. Maybe we’ve had a hard week at work. Or we are stuck at an airport, with nothing but ‘Delayed’ showing on the departure board. Maybe we’ve finally reached the holiday season and are sunning ourselves before a long, indulgent lunch. At times like that, many of us reach for a good thick page-turner.

This Charming Man certainly fits the bill. At 885 pages, it’s not a quick read, but it’s certainly a page-turn...more
T&C
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Katrina
Yet another book that I would prefer to give 3.5 stars to (will goodreads ever have that option). This Charming Man did not have that laugh-out-loud attitude that many of Keyes' other books possessed, but the story was good enough to keep me reading anyway. I think Keyes does an admirable job of interjecting the sorrows or disasters of life with humor.

I think I would have given four stars to this book except I couldn't stand the way Keyes chose to write Lola's story. If the journal reports were...more
Shannon
Marian Keyes is definitely maturing as an author. Her earlier stuff was fun, stereotypical chic lit, but Anybody Out There? and this novel actually have some depth to them. Not only does she tackle serious issues, but her style and organization reflect those issues. Lola's section kinda drove me crazy with her inability to construct complete sentences, but Keyes was going for a journal style there. Each woman has her own style and voice and point-of-view but they all have the same problem. Overa...more
Trish
WARNING!! If you have been, or are, a victim of domestic violence, please be aware that this book depicts the violence and the situations very graphically. Ensure that you are ready to confront this imagery.

I give this book 5 stars if you are not reading it as a beach read, typical chick lit book, or even a typical Marian Keyes book. This is a powerful story that can be very disturbing (even if you have not been a victim of domestic violence). The "voice" of Lola is written in very annoying frag...more
Anne
I thought This Charming Man was fantastic - it's still has Marian Keyes' usual qualities, in that I laughed out loud in places and cried in others but is very differently written than her previous books. One part in particular, when Grace's family try to give up smoking and how it affected them made me laugh and cry at the same time - oh such familiar feelings! Other parts, especially the graphic description of domestic violence had me shuddering and in tears.

The way that Marian Keyes portrays M...more
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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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