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Rivals by Jilly Cooper
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it was ok

Re-reading Rivals immediately after re-reading Riders, I was reminded of the crushing disappointment I felt when I first read it. The thrilling world of show jumping is completely abandoned, favourite characters from Riders barely even get a mention (Fen, Tory, etc...), others experience complete personality changes (Rupert) and I was so sad that Billy seems to have lapsed back into alcoholism. Why, Jilly, why?? On top of that, the story is often unbelievable, there are far too many characters, a lot of the attempts to write vernacular dialogue are cringe-inducingly bad, and the frequent puns and witticisms seem clunky. Despite all this, I did continue to read the rutshire chronicles books, growing increasingly frustrated with them over time. On reflection, I think Rivals was the beginning of a long and tragic decline in Ms. Cooper's books.
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March 13, 2014 – Shelved

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