- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mantle (March 24 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509846751
- ISBN-13: 978-1509846757
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 27.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
City of Friends Paperback – Mar 24 2017
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-The matchless Joanna Trollope works both sides of the Atlantic in her novel Girl from the South . . . [Her] pitch-perfect ear adn measured insidghts make for an elegant read. --O: The Oprah Magazine on Girl from the South
"The matchless Joanna Trollope works both sides of the Atlantic in her novel Girl from the South . . . [Her] pitch-perfect ear adn measured insidghts make for an elegant read. --O: The Oprah Magazine on Girl from the South
"The Roman poet Horace once said that the exceptional writer was one who could wield ordinary words so skillfully that, in his hands, the ordinary was made new. But for the fact that Horace said it more than two thousand years ago, he might have been speaking of Joanna Trollope. Here is a writer who marshals simple prose and constructs stories around everyday people, but in her hands the humdrum is made strikingly fresh." --Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joanna Trollope is the author of nineteen highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector's Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes; she has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now, and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. City of Friends is her twentieth novel.
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The other main characters aren’t clearly drawn – they are basically stereotypes in need of fleshing out a bit in order for them to be believable individuals. The structure is at times flawed as well – Trollope suddenly abandons the narrative to go back in time for 12 pages to explain how the lesbian university professor (another stereotype) came to be in her present relationship and present house. And I won’t even go into the unbelievability of the plot element in which one of the main characters hires a distant connection of the successful-single-mother character (another stereotype) and this, inexplicably, causes all kinds of problems.
I am normally a Trollope fan, but this book was a disappointment. Dedicated fans might not mind the weaknesses and stereotypes, but I find that she was not at the top of her game with this novel.
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I liked the inclusion of a gay couple. It still seems a bit brave to me to tackle that subject, even though it's much more common today. Trollop is able to give these two women the same kinds of problems that most of us face.
I was surprised by the attraction between Melissa and the younger school master, but also pleased, especially because it dealt with a couple of issues, the age difference and the potential problem for Melissa's son, Tom.
So Trollope's novel shows her characters, especially the women , working out many problems connected to their work issues as well as their personal issues.
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