This Charming Man
With This Charming Man, Marian Keyes hits her stride as a novelist with her best novel yet, telling the stories of four women who are shaped by one man
Paddy de Courcy is Ireland's debonair politician, the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin." His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and...more
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
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
One of the narrators is an alcoho ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lola, quite honestly, needs a punch in the face. She's definitely on my Shovel List. Her grammar was terrible! It was done on purpose, but it really frustrated me. She would start sentences in the middle. "Went to shop. Wait minute. Not right. Soup of day lumpy." That's not a direct quote, don't worry! But that's basically how it was writte ...more
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
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
This Charming Man certainly fits the bill. At 885 pages, it’s not a quick read, but it’s certainly a page-turn ...more
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
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