This Charming Man Hardcover – Jun 10 2008
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It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry ... the story will stay with you long after you've read the last page Heat --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
The lives of four very different women have been shaped—and battered—by one charming man. . . .
Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy—the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin"—has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, votegetting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty. But with Paddy's political star ascending, the time is finally ripe for redemption . . . and perhaps a bit of revenge.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Whilst I found all of the characters entertaining and actually liked Lola's style of conversation, I found the domestic abuse and alcoholism/depression a little depressing. It was also sad to see so many women without the self-esteem to deal with people and life. Although this may just be closer to reality than I would like...
However, the book was written very empathically with all the entertaining twists and turns of a usual Marian Keyes.
Recommend, but be prepared with a hanky.
Also, read my first Sophie Kinsella (Remember me) in the same period Remember Me?. It's a much lighter style, easier to read (intellectually and emotionally) and a better choice for a 'fun' read.
I'm not sure I loved the ending, but it might just have been disappointment that I was coming to the close of the book. Although I enjoyed how it all came together in the end, I'm not sure it was enough, which I'm afraid is all I can say without ruining the ending!
Lola's character written as diary short form didn't bother me in the least, although I have read some reviews that found it unsettling. My girlfriend started the book after I read it and she too commented on this, finding it distracting and a little annoying. I liked how the different voices and typeface separated the characters.
I have to rate this as a 5 star based on how much I thought about this book when I wasn't reading it, how much I HAD to keep reading to find out how it would end, and how it made me laugh, cry and think about issues I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to ponder while reading chick lit. Thank you Marian Keyes for delivering another fantastic book!
The three main characters, Lola, Marnie and Grace are all well drawn out. The man they each have in common, Paddy, is not so well explained. He's more than "charming but flawed", he turns out to be a real bastard but we don't really find out what made him that way. He lost his mother at age 15 and seemed to have a cold, unfeeling father but there really is no detail and he was a bastard even as a very young man. Lola's adventures were quite funny once you got your head around the awful style and even then i tended to read those bits a bit fast because i found it tedious and overdone. I wish she'd have had the dialogue bits in "normal" speak at least. That's where it seemed the most inconsistent and hard to read.Read more ›
I found the tougher subjects of the book actually a little disturbing. The characters' minds are bafflingly frustrating.
However the book was a good read, the characters, especially Lola, very likeable. I think Paddy was too one dimensional and should have been fleshed out a little more. In reality, even evil jerks have some redeeming qualities - not so Paddy.
Ms. Keyes is getting more confident to delve into the more taboo topics, and I'll keep looking for her titles but I hope she also continues to give us the fun, young romps as she has in the past.
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Most recent customer reviews
Probably my favorite book by Marian Keyes so far.
Darker than we're used to with her books but couldn't put it down.
I just finished the book. It took me more than 2 months to read it. I found it difficult to read as some times. The subjects discussed are not really joyful... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2010
I loved this book. Sure it tackled some disturbing subjects and it wasn't "light" but very hard to put down. Read morePublished on June 13 2009 by S. Gillis
I've read all of Marian Keyes' previous books and was expecting a similiar light, entertaining read from this one. Instead, the subject material was dark and brought me down. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2009 by Jenna W.
It's been a long time since I've had a strong physical reaction to reading a book - this one really affected me. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2008 by GS
As usual, Marian Keyes newest novel, This Charming Man, kept my interest and I recommend it. Although the book claims to be about 4 women affected by one man, Paddy de Courcy,... Read morePublished on June 26 2008 by Norma Lehmeierhartie