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Girls at Play

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 24th 1983 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1969)
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The Super Moop
Apr 17, 2010 The Super Moop rated it liked it
I liked Girls at Play in much the same way as I like a lot of Kingsley Amis' second rung novels, in that I wouldn't recommend them to someone who wasn't already familiar with the author, and, in spite of enjoying it quite a lot myself, wouldn't necessarily expect anybody else to do so.

It's not a fun book and it's not a trendy book, and it requires us to meet Theroux further than halfway to get anything out of it. It's exactly the sort of book that wouldn't be a best-seller.

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Chris Wharton
Early (1969) Theroux novel tells of three expatriate women (a British spinster, a British vamp, and an American Peace Corps volunteer) managing and mismanaging a rural school and themselves in post-Independence Kenya (referred to as East Africa throughout). Nobody, including now “free” Africans, comes out looking good as the pointed misanthropy in later Theroux works is foreshadowed here (but he is also already very good on transplanted, dislocated characters.) Not surprisingly, much of it seems ...more
Sarah Fields
Dec 20, 2015 Sarah Fields rated it did not like it
I'm currently thoroughly enjoying Sir Vidia's Shadow and regret that I began my delayed odyssey through Mr. Theroux's oeuvre with Girls at Play, which as a staunch, lifelong Feminist, I despised. I love great prose however and the writing is good enough that I was compelled through nearly every page of the entire (brief) novel, even as I frequently felt (literally) ill with disgust at the two-dimensional caricatures and blatant misogyny masquerading as cleverness-wit-satire. Because it is an ...more
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Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best know ...more
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