When Belinda, a writer married to Stefan, a geneticist, hires a cleaner called Linda, she gets more than she bargained for. With a knack for making drudgery seem glamorous, it's not long before Linda seems to take over Belinda's whole life.
Enormously funny (and little known) story by the champion of punctuation guides, the very popular Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Lynne Truss has a sense of humour left of the other side of off-centre somewhere, which makes for a very appealing read. SheEnormously funny (and little known) story by the champion of punctuation guides, the very popular Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Lynne Truss has a sense of humour left of the other side of off-centre somewhere, which makes for a very appealing read. She manages to give her book the feel of science-fiction or dark fantasy without its being fantasy at all. Her real world story is so quirky and unpredictable that it seems other-worldly. In a good way.
This is ostensibly a story about a woman, Belinda, who is not coping with the day-to-day rigours of life as a writer. Everybody wants something from her and these increasing demands are slowly sinking her, to the seeming delight of her nightmarishly unsupportive mother. She is slowly spiralling into a breakdown when she stumbles upon what might be a last ditch solution. However, the solution soon seems to be accelerating her further dissolution rather than helping her recover, a development you the reader are privy to, but not Belinda Johansson, recovering author. All is not what it seems in this story: there is something increasingly strange and disturbing about her new miracle house-keeper, and her friends are noticing anomalies with her husband - who or what is he really?
Her husband Stefan, who claims to be Swedish, is a richly comic character with the most fascinating speech habit: he peppers everything he says with a dense and oddly inappropriate tangle of English slang and metaphor. That Truss can sustain this character for so long is a wonder.
You will not be able to predict the crackingly good and uplifting ending of this novel. It is full of surprises, and truly twisted ones at that. It is a quick read, partially because the book is not that long, but also because it reads easily, despite the very astute language and style Truss commands. This is pulp fiction of the highest order. Truly original, a little dark, and full of belly laughs.
The paperback itself is of unremarkable quality though not defective. Its spine will survive several thorough holiday reading sessions and lendings to friends....Continua Nascondi