Friday, December 07, 2007

My Little Blue Dress


Author: Bruno Maddox Publication Date: 2001 Category: Fiction, Satire, Humour Who'll want to read it? 25-40's, anyone out for humour with a difference Point of no return: "But the arrival of puberty changed all that. All of a sudden I was something, something people understood, a teenage girl, and as long as everyone was staring glazedly at my chest, I realized, the chances of their catching a glimpse into my soul and rejecting me for what they saw there were thrillingly remote." Classic line: "The fact that I delivered a letter today... Does that make me a postman?" You'll have to read the book to see why it's a classic. What's it all about? It's not about an old woman writing the memoirs of her life since her birth on 1 January 1900, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that. What starts off as a whimsy story of an old woman reliving her past twists and turns into a classic metanarrative tale. It would be easy to get a story like this wrong. But Maddox uses the right combination of self-effacement and urban alienation. He couples this combination with hilarious situations to create a delightful read. Especially likeable is his description of New York nightclubs: It's worth reading for them alone. Publisher: Abacus

4 comments:

Kieran said...

I read this book a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I recommend it to people. I'm so glad you did a review.

Catherine said...

Yeah, excellent read. There's a fan club for the author now on the web.

laraelf said...

I loved this book too! I read it afew years ago now and the thing that has remained strongest in my mind is the main character's sudden realisation that she is experiencing an epiphany at age 5!

Kieran said...

Yes, and I've been having epiphanies ever since reading this book.