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Lady with a Laptop

2.5  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The acclaimed author of THE WHITE HOTEL and EATING PAVLOVA offers a deliciously comic novel of the literary life. Marvelous . . . This bitingly satirical and wickedly bawdy . . . novel questions the tenuous lines between fact and fiction, the very nature of artifice. San Francisco CHRONICLE.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 5th 1997 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1996)
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Spotsalots
Nov 27, 2010 Spotsalots added it
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I had mixed feelings about this. On the plus side, it held my interest and made me laugh a certain amount. It's clever and an easy read. On the negatives... well, it satirizes New Age workshops and the people who teach at/attend them, and while this is fertile ground for satire, I wasn't drawn in by the satire. Perhaps the satire should either have been more biting (no remotely sympathetic characters?) or gentler? I'm not sure. I had trouble keeping track of the characters, few of whom remained ...more
Mary
Nov 17, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
Sorry.. this book did nothing at all for me. Maybe I missed the 'satire', maybe my sense of humor is lacking- but this book just left me cold. There were several scenes that even offended me, and I am not of the easily offended type!

The short story within a story was actually more interesting. The main character was teaching a class about writing fiction and the assignment was to finish a story begun by one of the students who had committed suicide (or was it murder?) The tale written by the st
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Jane
Feb 28, 2010 Jane rated it it was ok
I read The White Hotel and was so moved. This book seemed almost trashy. Satiric, yes, and I picked it up because it takes place at a writers colony in Greece. I was curious enough to keep reading, and it was funny in an annoying sort of way. But nothing I'd recommend to anyone.
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Read The White Hotel and absolutely loved it. I've been meaning to read more Thomas for a while and just picked this up at a huge book sale.
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D.M. Thomas was born in Cornwall in 1935. After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher and was Head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education until he became a full-time writer. His first novel The Flute-Player won the Gollancz Pan/Picador Fantasy Competition. He is also known for his collections of verse and his translation from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatov ...more
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