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Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  899 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Meet Sheila Levine, she s smart and funny, and her mother tells her she s beautiful.... But her s....
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 28th 2004 by The Overlook Press (first published 1972)
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Carlos Carranza Carranza
Creo que nunca me había reído tanto con un personaje que resultara tan patético. Este libro no es más que la nota de suicidio de Sheila Levine que, harta de una sociedad que parece obligarla a tener marido y de no ser capaz de encontrar uno, decide suicidarse. Pese a este planteamiento, no es en ningún momento un libro trágico o siniestro, sino que, todo lo contrario, creo que es el libro más divertido que he leído en los últimos años.
Contado desde el punto de vista de Sheila, se nos presenta su
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Julie Ehlers
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Readers! When you read Looking for Mr. Goodbar, did you think to yourself, "This portrayal of a young woman's dating life in 1970s NYC is really good, but it would be even better without all the stabbing"? Or did you perhaps enjoy The Catcher in the Rye, but wish it was told from the point of view of a 1970s Jewish woman wondering why, at the ripe old age of 22, she isn't even engaged, much less married? Or did you like the Little House on the Prairie books, but wish you could read something sli ...more
Carol Rodríguez
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro corresponde al género de chick-lit y, quitando Bridget Jones, no soy muy asidua ni muy fan de este tipo de literatura. Pero esta novela en concreto llamó poderosamente mi atención cuando la descubrí por casualidad. Primero por la portada, luego por la premisa, que me parecía diferente a los tópicos de su género. Pensé que por lo menos sería una lectura ligera, y lo ha sido: ligera, amable y adictiva. Justo lo que necesitaba en este momento.

La verdad es que me ha parecido un libro div
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Oriana
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Oriana by: Very Unphotogenic
Shelves: read-2010
On the same day that I first heard of this book, when it was recommended to me very persuasively by a new GR bookfriend, I found it on the shelf at a friend's house, all waiting for me to borrow it. Synchronicity!!

And what a delightful little book! So lively and punchy and funny and fun. Sheila Levine, a college-educated Jewish girl from Long Island (New Jersey?), lives in the East Village and works as an assistant to a man who produces Christmas albums for children (sung by squirrels!). She has
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Alejandra Arévalo
Hay varios puntos maravillosos que agradezco de la novela de Gail Parent, pero para fines de síntesis diré que lo que más me cautivó fue su narrativa en primera persona del singular, la cual a veces me parece simplona y desesperante en otras obras norteamericanas de este estilo. Parent hace de Sheyla Levine un personaje cuya voz es graciosa e irónica sin perder de vista que se encuentra en un punto muy triste y ridículo de su vida, planea su suicidio porque no está casada. Porque toda la gente a ...more
Raquel Bookish
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A cualquiera que tenga entre 20 y 35
Sheila Levine tiene 30 años, vive en Nueva York y se va a suicidar. Sí sí. Ha tomado la decisión de que seguir viviendo no tiene sentido y esta es su carta de suicidio ¿sus motivos? Lleva 10 años intentando encontrar marido y no está ni remotamente cerca de conseguirlo.

Así a secas uno puede cometer el error de pensar que se trata de una de las novelas más sexistas de todos los tiempos. Tranquilos, este libro es 50% sátira 50% "¿Veis que absurda es esta sociedad en la que vivimos?" y es que pese
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Merrie
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must have been 12 years old when a friend of mine lent this book to me and, good or bad, I have to say it had a big impact on my worldview. This is a totally hilarious manifesto for every ugly girl who can't get a date. Yes, it is really dated--it was probably at least 15 years old when I first read it. On the other hand, it is shocking how little has actually changed for those of us who fall into the less than desirable category. From the humiliating sexual escapades to the toxic female frien ...more
Salimah
Nov 14, 2007 rated it liked it
"Chick Lit" did not exist in the lexicon in 1972 when this book was written, but I'm sure it's on its way to a retrospective categorization. I think I liked it. It was disturbing (something no chick lit book is suppposed to be--funny, heartwarming, diverting, yes--but disturbing, no).

Sheila Levine is more reminscent of Wally Lamb's heroine in She's Come Undone than Bridget Jones. Her book-length suicide note is a study in histrionic voice--by turns funny and off-putting. In that way, I think, t
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Nicky
This book appeals to all of my interests: suicide; new york city; biting, hilarious sarcasm; doomed relationships; intelligent, depressed girls; and first-person narrators. It will always have a place on my bookshelf and in my withered little heart.
Anna Walls
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sheila Levine has tried, and I mean, really, really tried, to get married. But when she hits 30 and hasn't succeeded, she sets about planning to kill herself. I first read this book as a teenager, and laughed so hard I cried, and sometimes cried just because. I reread it a few years later, and a few years later, and it always hit home. Recently, I decided to read it at the ripe old age of 56, and...bam! Still one of the funniest, most poignant books I've ever read, full of memorable lines and ch ...more
Mientras Leo
No es Bridget Jones aunque puedo llegar a entender la comparación, con muchos peros. No es mi estilo, y tampoco se puede decir que pase demasiado a lo largo de sus páginas. Me aburrí
Lahierbaroja
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Divertida, irónica y muy muy entretenida.

Desde mi punto de vista, flaco favor le hace la comparación con Bridget Jones.

Me lo he pasado genial leyéndola.

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Helena
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
El término chick lit no existía y la literatura alt lit menos, cuando Parent salió con esta novela al mercado. Editada en 1972 en Estados Unidos y en el 74 en castellano (en la vieja editorial Pomaire) la novela sobre la vida de Levine encarrila una discusión que lleva unos años ¿es un blog literatura?

En 1972 no solo no había blogs, no había internet y tampoco se pensaba que algo así estuviera cerca de existir. La novela de Parent podría ser catalogada de diario pero son unas memorias, que esco
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bedelevingne
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Me ha encantado. Estaba sufriendo un parón lector y desde luego "Sheila Levine está muerta y vive en Nueva York" ha sido la mejor lectura que podría haber elegido para salir de ello.

Sheila es un personaje maravillo, ironiza con su vida de principio a fin, tomando la decisión de suicidarse con 30 años, pues está cansada de buscar "la vida ideal" (esa que desde pequeña le repetían) y se rinde al darse cuenta que esa idealización de vida no algo que ella pueda conseguir, a pesar de haberlo intentad
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Mar
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al principio no me estaba gustando nada.
La protagonista me parecía un personaje quejica e infantil.
Mi visión del personaje no ha mejorado mucho al final pero el libro en sí se me hizo más ameno y en algunos momentos me hizo sonreír.
Las situaciones cómicas me han parecido en su mayoría una serie de clichés ya oídos mil veces sobre la soltería que quizás fueron novedosos en ese momento.
No es la clase de humor que me hace gracia pero no está mal del todo.
Brendagarza
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personalmente me pareció una combinación de Sex and the City (Sexo en Nueva York) y el Diario de Bridget Jones, que por supuesto fueron escritas y producidas muchos años después de este libro, lo que significa que la presión social que siente una mujer para casarse sigue siendo tan vigente como en los 70's cuando fue escrito este libro.
Me ha gustado mucho, si bien es verdad que Sheila lleva la situación a un punto exagerado, también puedo decir que lo hacía Carrie Bradshaw pero mejor vestida.

En
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Fallopia
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves New York, hates New York, is nostalgic for the 70s, or hated the 70s
Shelves: new-york-city
"A few years ago, on Manhattan's East Side, a man set up a business where he sold diet shakes, delicious chocolate milk shakes having only seventy-seven calories. Well, I tell you: fat young girls came from near and far and lined up around the block at lunchtime. I was one of the ones who had two for lunch every day."

Well, the women began to suspect that the shakes weren't as lo-cal as the man claimed, so they went to some authority who determined the shakes had over two hundred and seventy calo
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Vanesa Rodríguez
Chicas solteras de este mundo, que mal explicado está el concepto de independizarse, de ser feliz consigo misma, «de no buscar en otro lo que no encuentras en ti». Es un libro irónico, que con clave de humor intenta explicarnos las taras de una chica "moderna". Sheila Levine representa la idea de una chica neoyorkina ahogada por el concepto de matrimonio. Y la palabra ahogada, no sé si es la más adecuada; Más bien obsesionada hasta el punto que toma una decisión drástica, el suicidio. Todo porqu ...more
Ghym
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book. I picked it up a few years back at a flea market and had no idea what a treasure I'd found. Sheila Levine is a thirtysomething single Jewish overweight woman who is desperate to get married. She decides to kill herself when she sees the marriage thing ain't gonna happen. It sounds all bleak and Bridget Jonesy but I assure you it is not. Written by Gail Parent, this is one of the funniest books of all time. (Parent is a TV writer who has worked on the Golden Girls and Ca ...more
Albertoagra
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
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Trena
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book was written in 1972 in the chick lit genre before it even really existed. It's a book length suicide note about a girl who has reached 30 and is still unmarried and can't take it anymore. It is quite funny at times (I actually spit a mouthful strawberry onto one of the pages accidentally) and impressively (or perhaps depressingly?) timeless. For instance this: "FACT: Most single girls plan to have a child when they're thirty-five whe ...more
Abbey
Dec 24, 2008 rated it liked it
i just love self depricating humour, and this book was full of it. it is considered a pre-cursor to 'chick lit' but i think it had a lot more substance than many chick lit books do. sheila levine is the narrator, a 30 year old woman that decides to commit suicide because she can't find a husband. it's a darkly hilarious commentary on how tough society can be on us single girls, as well as questioning why marriage is important in the first place. sheila often annoyed the hell out of me, but i thi ...more
notgettingenough
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour
I read this a couple of years ago when an American friend gave me a copy. I meant lent. Even though he had bunches of them because he likes it so much. It just isn't good enough, starts off okay but after not so long I was wishing she'd get on with it.

I've already forgotten why it irritated me so much. She whines is that it? And goes on and on and on about the same things....
Yuki
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was funny, it was full of hidden meaning - but I keep asking myself - was it good read for me after all? An inch from writting my own letter. Nah, I'm kidding.
Bought this book on a 1 euro sale just because of the title. This book should be used as an example in "How to title a book" tutorials. lol.
Diane
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and loved it. I would read it on the bus from St. Clair Shores to my job in Downtown Detroit. It's one of those where you laugh out loud and people don't want to sit by you.
Dsdmona
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Debo tener un sentido del humor demasiado distinto al del resto del mundo porque lo que todos consideran divertido, irónico y entretenido a mi me ha parecido aburrido, insufrible y perfectamente evitable...

En fin, como siempre, es sólo mi opinión
Michaela
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nie je to také strašné. Sheila je milá. Ale druhýkrát to už čítať nebudem.
JJ
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Could have been written today for the most part - swap out Jewish with Asian or any other culture's pressure on women to get married, but quick. Hooray for comic women voices, even 37 years later.
Janet Wertman
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE LIE ABOUT CALORIES? Thirty-five years after I first read this book, I still laugh out loud. Achingly funny.
rebecca
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not sure
Gee, a book about a girl who decides to 'off' herself because she is in her 30's and not married. Such a pick me up......
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