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The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
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Sep 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit-etc
Recommended for: chick lit fans
Read in January, 2001

It is unusual for a sequel to equal--far less rival or surpass--an original piece of fiction and yet here, in my opinion, Fielding succeeds on both ends.

As hysterically funny and original a novel Bridget Jones was, the continuation of Bridget's story--her search for love as a symbol of her post-feminist, post-modern search for herself--in 'The Edge of Reason' is actually more poignant, the writer's voice--and therefore, Bridget's voice--with greater depth. Perhaps what happens is that generally, and historically, romance and romantic stories end with the 'and they lived happily ever after': most of Jane Austen, indeed, ends with the heroine's (glad, relieved) acceptance of the best of all marriage proposals. But what happens afterwards?

In the first novel, Bridget finally does find her man--but is their relationship all smooth sailing? In the second novel, Fielding shows us that it is not, that plenty of misunderstandings create enough conflict for insecurity and doubt to creep in and, possibly, cripple a relationship. All's well that ends well, of course, since this is a romantic comedy, but along the way the reader receives enough depth and tenderness to charter the way with Bridget herself.

Now, it would be interesting to see Bridget on the next phase of her life: what happens after she does get married? Maybe that will be Fielding's real challenge, since one gets the feeling--after reading the awful Olivia book--that these tow novels are really her only good writing.

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