Reviews of novels by Lisa Jewell and Nick Earls
Book reviews from July 1999
Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell
358 pages, first published 1999, ISBN: 0-14-027927-X
Review scribbled down on the 27th of July 1999
I rate this book 9/10: **********
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During the years 1996-1997 a popular tv-series called This Life were produced by the British BBC to lure over young viewers to their channel.
During the spring/summer 1998 the series appeared at one of the channels at the Swedish television. Anyway, this series were about some lawyers sharing a flat in London, and I thought it was a great series. Keep in mind that I during my lifetime have thought Alf being one of the best shows ever, Roseanne being hilariously funny and that The Cosby Show was the highlight of a dull Sunay afternoon. I wonder if the shows really are so non-watchable or if it is me who has changed. Well, the point is, I think This Life was great, and was rather frustrating when the series just ended abrupt.
A few weeks ago I was ordering some books from UK and spotted this book, Ralph's Party at the bestseller-list. About some people sharing a flat...in London.
About Lisa Jewell:
Meet Richard Derrington, single and not coping well with the fact that he and his girlfriend broke up six months ago. After the death of his grandmother he has moved into her house and was supposed to renovate the place, so far he has managed to do a lot of thinking about renovating but not getting into action about it.
Meet Greg the flea-inpested cat, which Richard inherited from his grandmother.
Meet Purvis the Sock Friend, the friend Richard made for his grandmothers cat Greg as a companion when Richard is away at work. Richard is in not doing that well at all, at work he can hardly get anything useful done, at the tenniscourt with his friends he cannot play at all and he is definetly single. Richard doubt things ever gonna change and doubt that he'll ever get over his ex-girlfriend. But a life with junk-food & discussions about weird things with his friends will soon change, and you'll have the chance to follow the events evolving around Richard.
This is the first novel by Nick Earls and it's great. You will feel sad when the book is over and not be able to follow the weird things that happends and the weird discussions that takes place. Since 1996 when this book was first published, Nick Earls has written more novels and I will surely get a hold of those. He is he seriously funny making observations about life which surely is worth thinking about. I believe this novel is about to be made into a movie this year as well.
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