And it was every bit as deliciously enjoyable as both celluloid adaptations. It's also difficult to determine why the mistress, whose life is turned upside-down by Ruth's husband and children, doesn't simply cut her lover loose. He projects these emotions so effortlessly, I hope they're grooming him for the Donald Trump story. You will wat This is a special book. Streep, as Mary Fisher, has erected a glamorous fictional facade around the mundane actual facts of her life, and it is with grim precision that Barr's character pulls it to pieces. Summary: Ruth and Bobbo live in an American suburb with their two children, Andy and Nicola, and their pets.
I felt absolutely no bond or connection with her whatsoever, nor did I understand what drove her. In an act of weakness years ago, he slept with Ruth because she was something warm next to him, and as an added bonus, she was renting his bed from his parents, while he was away at college, and in stead of sleeping in the living room, as his parents suggested, he decided he wanted his comfortable bed, where he found the grotesque, Ruth, lying. That she would use this anger to transform herself into someone prettier, and shallower, and ultimately become those she so resented, is not. She gets everything she wants. Everyone likes to see the cheating spouse get their come-uppance. Perspective: Part of the novel is told in the third person by an omniscient narrator.
Reading this again now - after taking on the mantle of wife and motherhood - the book means other things to me as well. The book was 100 times better. By suggesting to an impoverished, uneducated single mother for instance, that she sell her children, it becomes apparent to the young woman that she does in fact have the power to free herself and take control of her own life—the option had just been so unthinkable that previously it had been a barrier to mere consideration of such possibilities. If men are so worthless and pathetic, why go to so much trouble to win back one miserable cheating husband? It holds no bars and takes no prisoners. I remember seeing the movie several years ago, with Merle Streep as the ethereal romance writer, Roseanne Barr as the spurned wife, and Ed Begley Jr.
Sorry, Lord, only chumps wait for that. Ruth's plan was to spring the old lady and send her back to her selfish daughter. Rather the opposite in fact -- simply a tall, not terribly attractive woman living a quiet life as a wife and mother in a respectable suburb. Strangely, once removed from the position of wife, something begins to happen to Ruth. While she lives with Vickie, a pregnant girl on welfare with two children , Ruth has her jaw trimmed. Personal best takes on new meaning as we follow Ruth's miraculous and painful transformation.
It's been forever since I've seen it, but at the time I felt like I was getting away with something. There is only, in the end, what you want. This is a significant book for me; and that is all the connection that these two books need for me to keep them side by side on my bookshelf. And it was, when it came to it, a vocation. It could have been a serious book or a tongue-in-cheek, campy styled one. Sometimes I didn't like the exaggerations in the book.
The movie made from this book is the worst butchering of a story I've ever been unfortunate enough to encounter. Not to mention romance novels. It will be released in the U. Unfortunately I was sorely mistaken. Aside from the glaring, unbelievable hypocrisy, I did enjoy the vengeance. I love the movie with inexcusable glee - - it's a guilty pleasure, the revenge is wonderfully satisfying and Meryl Streep is incredible, as always. Advertisement There's a delicious element of sweet revenge in Barr's entire career.
When I say this book is brilliant, I do not mean it in the British sense, as in casually cool, nice job, well done. Bobbo, being a modern man, feels free to tell Ruth of his love for Mary Fisher and his excursions into her bedroom, while reminding Ruth of how inept, unlovable and clumsy she is. Luckily, it was a fast and easy read and clever enough to earn 3 stars despite my other complaints. In fact I don't think you are a woman at all. I know that we all make common cause in self-deception and wishful thinking, and who more so than adulterous lovers? As the book progresses however, Ruth becomes a less sympathetic character. She carefully and patiently plots her revenge. It would not be inaccurate to call it a horror story.
Not knowing what direction to take left me, as the reader, in the same state of confusion. All in all she is the opposite of Ruth. She lived with her mother, sister and grandmother until she started college. She didn't really choose to walk away, not ever. The interesting thing is I didn't fully realize how skillfully it was all done until I sat down and started to review the book. It is humor and not high art.
A bit of hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-woman-scorned with a dash of i-am-woman-hear-me-roar thrown in. But when her handsome and sexy husband, Bobbo, ditches her for Mary Fisher a fisher of men , a glamorous authoress as blond and dainty as the heroines of the romance novels she sells by the millions, Ruth has had enough. Bobbo doesn't give them enough money to keep up the household. Jag vet inte om det var Weldons mening att man bara ska ta Ruths parti, men jag finner mig sympatisera minst lika mycket med Mary Fisher. Bobbo is a handsome and successful accountant.
I haven't ripped through a book like this in years, and I loved every second of this book. Fisher is forced to stay with her daughter. And then Bobbo rings and says he won't be home, and the children come back from school, and a strange familiar silence descends upon the house, a think, white muffling blanket thrown over our lives: and even when the cat catches a mouse, the yowls and yelps seem to come from a distant place, another world. Lives and Loves of a She-Devil was the first Fay Weldon novel I read, and it sealed me as a fan. Fay Weldon is a feminist but doesn't let her political beliefs get in the way of her understanding of women. It would be interesting to do a close, feminist reading of the text and I'm sure there's been such things written about this book. The book encompasses the film, yes, but it continues and becomes sad.