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The Thin Pink Line Paperback – Jun 1 2004


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; Reprint edition (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250592
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,832,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Reading Lauren Baratz-Logsted's novel is a bit like entering a warm and wild party and being able enjoy the antics of its lively hostess while remaing safely invisible. Its main character, Jane, embarks on a journey which is alternately hilarious and touching. The book never once loses its thrusting energy and verve,or its wit, while landing on the other side of seriousness. Towards the end, our narrator discovers a quiet grace within herself which makes this tale stay with the reader far past the last laugh. A tender, knowing story is told in a voice that is as unforgettable and human as it is entertaining.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an entertaining ride that doesn't shy away from protraying the lead character, warts and all, in the clear light of day. If you are looking for the cookie cutter scrappy-underdog-who-beats-the-odds-stacked-against-her tearjerker keep searching. But if you want an original story that keeps you turning the page, this one is for you.
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By Mary Paltry on July 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
The heroine of this book, Jane Taylor, has the most reprehensible morals imaginable. I thought the premise of the book was really clever and that it would prove to be quite funny, but I was disappointed. During Jane's "pregnancy," she gets sympathy for conditions she doesn't have, plays with the emotions of both friends and family, accepts gifts for her imaginary baby without a second thought, and walks away from the love of her life because she is too immature to finally fess up to her charade. Finally, the end of the book is supremely ridiculous and a lovely example of deus ex machina.
There are more problems with the book then the ones listed above (trying to trap a man into marriage, improbable reactions from other characters to Jane's insanity), but many of them would constitute spoilers. Overall, I do not recommend The Thin Pink Line.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not usually a fan of what could be called 'Chick-Lit' or 'Brit-com', just so that's clear. However, I was given an advance copy of The Thin Pink Line to read on a long flight and was very pleasantly surprised. First of all, the dialogue (one of my first criteria) is crisp, well written and sounds real in the mind's ear. Next, there are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. The novel is very well paced and moves right along. The only criticism I may have, and this is purely from a personal point of view and has nothing to do with the writing, is that I found it very hard to sympathise in any meaningful way with Jane, the protagonist. However, if someone like me who doesn't read much along the lines of this sort of thing enjoyed it very much, I'm sure people who do will find that The Thin Pink Line stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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By Heather J Johnson on July 16 2004
Format: Paperback
The Thin Pink Line really is fantastic... Lauren Baratz-Logsted has really ruled over this genre! A fantastic book for anyone that wants to laugh a little and smile tons!!!
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By A Customer on July 14 2004
Format: Paperback
Argh... This book is so slow moving. Nothing really interesting being said, getting to the point is slow. I'm returning it <blech>. Let's just put it this way: if you like movies from Lifetime TV, then you'll definately like this book. If you like something that's more interesting and worthwhile, get something else.
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Format: Paperback
The Eskimos may have 72 different words for snow, but Baratz-Logsted has at least that many ways of being clever in her novel THIN PINK LINE. This is the kind of intelligent women's fiction that has a witticism on every page.
A wonderful page-turner that leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to get the sequel.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up The Thin Pink Line expecting to mildly entertained; instead, I laughed so hard I cried...and I even cried a little for Jane. I surprised myself by liking Jane, who seems to try very hard not be liked. There's a lot to be said for a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it, and a little to be learned from her as well. What a refreshing change from all the 'please somebody give me what I want' PinkBooks on the shelves. Three cheers for Jane (and for her creator). I'm glad we're going to have the chance to hear some more of her story!
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