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The Other Side Of The Fire

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
“It began in a garden, as these things will, and she fell in love with her husband’s son. Bloody hell!” Bloody hell is right, because when Claudia Bohanon develops a crush on her handsome young stepson and, all of a sudden oppressively aware of the discontents of comfortable middle–age, starts feeling like a lovesick schoolgirl, everything threatens to get too, too maddeni ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1985 by Penguin (first published 1983)
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I like Ellis' writing. Her stories seem to be about non-events going nowhere in particular...with laugh-out-loud gems like this:

"Sylvie always jumped when the telephone rang, as though an unseen lunatic had suddenly screamed in her ear. Consequently whenever she picked it up she sounded slightly hostile."

And gems like this...which seems as true today as when the book was published 30 years ago:

"Sylvie wondered what had happened to the permissive and loose-living young. All the ones she'd met rec
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This novel of matrimonial ennui with a dim-witted house wife as the main character is laugh-out-loud funny. And it's digressions on what men and women want and how they differ are spot on. And all the more hilarious in their descriptions by virtue of their being true.

Alice Thomas Ellis always delights with her rapier wit, astringent descriptions, and her deft skewering of pretensions.
Sep 10, 2014 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading this book is like eating a packet of space candy. It crackles with wit all the way through, it's fun and it makes you laugh. It's not great literature but it's whacky, off the wall and a good read. I love the faux-Scottish romantic novel one of the characters is writing - "Morning broke with a sullen gleam o'er the craggy battlements of the Laird's awe-inspiring castle....A braw piper in kilt, plaid and bonnet prowled the dark mist beneath the bleak walls." The female characters are hila ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book within a book was brilliant.
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This woman is awe inspiringly depressing with a hatred of matrimony that makes one inherently despise all who are so foolish.Including the author.
Jun 09, 2013 Mizzo73 rated it really liked it
I particularly enjoyed the potboiler novel within this novel "A Grope in the Heather".
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Alice Thomas Ellis was short-listed for the Booker prize for The 27th Kingdom. She is the author of A Welsh Childhood (autobiography), Fairy Tales and several other novels including The Summerhouse Trilogy, made into a movie starring Jeanne Moreau and Joan Plowright.
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