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Cause Celeb [Paperback]

Helen Fielding
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the setting of Cause Celeb Feb. 17 2002
By A Customer
Well, although I thought this was an interesting read that kept me engaged, I thought it was a little ridiculous to place the story in the imaginary African country of "Nambula." It wouldn't have taken much research to choose an actual country in Africa. The reason I say this is because her representation of Nambula shows evidence of general and demeaning stereotypes of African nations. First of all, Nambula wouldn't just be in "Africa." It would be in a specific region of Africa (North West East South). All of these regions have very different characteristics and cultures. I thought her creation of the Nambulan language was also insulting. Words like "dildo" and "babboon" were used to represent the dialogue in Nambulan. And the translation of the "Good? Good. Good? Good" conversation was ridiculous because what language functions like that? And finally, I felt that it was weird to make the Nambulan people Muslim, which is a very real religion, if they belong to a made up nationality. There was just something incongrous about that. I think Fielding is a good writer, and I thought it was a good read, but I think writers need to be more responsible and do their research in order to do their subject justice. Especially since this tendency to reduce Africa to simplistic terms is so common these days.
And on a minor note, isn't it Cause Celebre? Not celeb?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, though somewhat uneven Feb. 9 2002
By Ms Diva
This book is about Rosie, who, after finally breaking up with her emotionally abusive boyfriend, Oliver, goes to do relief work in Africa. Because the UN isn't sending needed supplies, the refugee camp is running out of food. Rosie has to return to London and try to get the celebrities she used to associate with to come to Africa and do a benefit.
What really kept me reading the book is that I really liked and empathised with Rosie. She seemed like a good person, and I could relate to her belief that she could change Oliver. Some of the scenes of their arguments were really realistic. The book was also quite amusing in parts. The London social scene was hilarious. The spoofing of celebrity was also quite humourous. Fielding has a very engaging style that allowed me to stay interested in the story. She makes some very good points about celebrity without being totally preachy.
I did wish that the celebrities had spent more time in Africa. The last third of the book was actually the best, when the celebrities were planning the benefit. I thought some of the more political stuff in the middle of the book dragged a bit.
Despite the fact that the book dragged in places, it was overall a very enjoyable read. Fielding's an excellent writer, and the story rings true to life. Definitely worth the read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy and tragedy... Nov. 2 2001
For fans of Helen Fielding's work, this is yet another treat! If you haven't read anything by Fielding, yet, you won't be disappointed by her writing. She has a true knack for comedy, and a brilliant sense of telling things like they are.
With Helen Fielding's works you know you won't miss out on an adventure. Her work is a treat for the mind... Relax, and let Helen's magical storytelling bring you, first, into the celebrity of London, complete with the average sociopaths. We meet Rosie Richardson, a young woman struggling to find herself, lost amidst the glitz and glamour of the London elite.
Fate causes her scheming to land her in the heart of Africa, doing what she was [surprisingly] meant to do. Her plans lead her through tragedy and triumph, but all the while with Rosie learning her strengths as a woman. The characters are developed so brilliantly in this book, you will miss them the moment you put it down. The evolution of Rosie Richardson is fantastic, she is so real, and brings heart to the plight of Africa.
This book glides perfectly along the line of comedy and tragedy. Her work is brilliant, and this is another must-read by Fielding. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOTE TO FIELDING: HUNGER IS UNFUNNY Sept. 10 2001
By A Customer
After reading, and loving, Bridget Jones' Diary, which I got from a British friend about six months before it was published in the US, I happened to glance at the dust jacket and see that Helen Fielding was also the author of another novel, "Cause Celeb." So, the next time I was in the Commonwealth, Australia as it turned out, I went straight to the local bookstore and bought it. I was recently in a local [bookstore] and noticed it on the "New Fiction" bookshelf so I guessed, based on the popularity of Bridget, they've no released it in the States.
Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book and, if I hadn't first met Bridget, I might have liked Rosie Richardson, the TV producer turned end-world-hunger activist, a whole lot better. Fielding herself put it best, saying she thought "Cause Celeb" was a "better" book adding: "People criticize Bridget [for being shallow] but I wrote a book about a a serious issue ("Cause Celeb") and it made no money." And, let's face it, people starving to death in Africa, even in front of minor British celebrities, isn't terribly humorous.
Though Fielding does her best and "Cause Celeb" is far from a bad book--there are some very funny moments--it just doesn't hold up to the side-splittingly funny and eminently relatable, for most woman, woes of Bridget: lumpy thighs, louse boyfriends and crap jobs. And, anyway, who said "shallow" was a bad thing?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved!
I loved this book! I was a bit apprehensive as I am a humanitarian myself but it was actually well researched. A great light funny fiction.
Published 5 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise!
I loved Bridget Jones and Edge of Reason, but this is my favorite of the three. This book is a fascinating study of how anyone, even those assumed to be shallow, can give up their... Read more
Published on June 7 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Meandering and slow
I really enjoyed the fast pace and wit of the BJD books. Cause Celeb has none of the charm or pace of her later novels. Read more
Published on May 18 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
i was psyched to find this book cause i loved bridget jones diary so much and im a huge fan of "brit-girl" books. this one started out horribly. Read more
Published on May 12 2002 by meghan
4.0 out of 5 stars good but unbalanced
I really enjoyed Cause Celeb -- there were parts of many different characters which were extremely true to life and the book was quite funny overall. However, I thought Ms. Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Kirbie Crowe
2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down...
After having listened to both Bridget Jones novels (beautifully read by Tracie Bennett), Cause Celeb was a huge let down. It was the anti-Bridget Jones. Read more
Published on March 25 2002 by jpt816
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameless Rip-Off
...From the preening, two-timing celebrity boyfriend to going to jail on a set-up etc. it's really a shameful rip-off of Kathy Lette... Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by jumpy1
5.0 out of 5 stars hope this starts a new trend!
Fielding's "Bridget Jones' Diary" started a trend of wannabes, so reading this work written well before "BJD" was surprising and refreshing. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by momazon
2.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasantly Surprised...
I feel like there should have been a warning on the cover "This is NOT like Bridget Jones" rather than all the Bridget comparisons. Read more
Published on March 12 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasantly Surprised...
I feel like there should have been a warning on the cover "This is NOT like Bridget Jones" rather than all the Bridget comparisons. Read more
Published on March 12 2002
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