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The Edge of Pleasure

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Gilver Memmer is running short of time. He is an enormously gifted painter, staggeringly good-looking, and profoundly self-involved, a cross between every woman's dream and every woman's worst nightmare. Great though his creative gifts may be, they cannot save him from dissolution. No longer the London art scene's wunderkind, he is getting by on the fumes of his former ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 20th 2006 by Mariner Books (first published 2003)
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Dec 02, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
I kept this book out from the library forever, but only because my spouse wanted to read it too. As artists ourselves, we were sucked in by the storyline — a painter makes it big then crashes & burns — and the fact that it is set in London.

None of the characters is particularly likable, except perhaps Alice, who develops a huge crush on the egocentric painter Gilver Memmer.

Although the characters are developed unevenly, there are enough surprises and the plot keeps moving. But like Kate Chri
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Aug 29, 2013 Marguerite Kaye rated it liked it
I'm not sure about this. On the one hand, it was a great premise, beautifully written and I zipped through it. On the other, I didn't really engage with any of the characters. It was a morality tale on one level, a tale of greed and over-indulgence and selfishness, but it felt quite dated for some reason. I think maybe I've changed in what I want out of my fiction recently, because a few years ago I am pretty certain I'd have rated this higher for its literary value. The problem is, my literary ...more
Sommer Ann McCullough
I always love a good British read, however this one left me wanting more from the plot. I'm not even sure I was satisfied with the ending.
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Dec 06, 2008 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I didn't care for this book at all. The characters are wholly unlikeable.
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