“Some great essays, odd short stories and intriguing glimpses of Marian Keyes real life.
I kept this book in my foster cats room and read it off and on. Hannah and Addison enjoyed it immensely and are now Marian Keyes fans. :) ”
“Further Under the Duvet is a collection of articles and short stories written by Irish journalist Marian Keyes, that have either been previously unpublished/published through various magazines or newspapers. As indicated by the name, this is a follow-up to the original Under the Duvet book. The articles are classified into themes that are the basis for each chapter of the book - Handbags and Gladrags, On the Road, Heath and Beauty, Woman to Woman, Friends and Family, But Seriously and Short Stories. Each chapter has around 5/6 articles. The book, as shown, is a myriad of topics, from the observational and comical view of Marian Keyes. Apart from the Short Story section, the chapters are largely autobiographical, showcasing weird yet poignant events. As the books slogan says slip 'Under the Duvet...to go places you've never been before.'
Lets get one thing straight - I hate chick-lit with a passion and anything else that is romantic, sick-puppy-eyed-love tripe etc etc. You get my point. I have a male taste in books - fantasy, adventure, thriller. The theme of chick-lit, as you can probably tell, was not one I looked forward to reviewing.
So, I decided that if I were to review the chick-lit catalogue, I may as well go for a well established author with a very good reputation in the genre. Hence, Marian Keyes. You always find tonnes of her books on the shelves in second-hand stores and for one very good reason; they are forgettable. This one, no exception. From official critic reviews I was expecting something special instead, I was slightly disappointed. It is typical chick-lit: men, make-up, fashion, sex, bitchiness etc.
That said, it was not all bad. Her work is much better than the average chick-lit author. For one, her observations are very smart, witty and quick. She recalls event with a great comic tone that makes for fluid reading. In some cases it literally did make me LOL. She is a very good writer in terms of her language used. I did identify with her - some articles particularly were quite moving at times especially when she recalled her alcoholism. Near the end of the book I did have quite an attachment to the woman.
What I particularly enjoyed was topics that differed from the typical ones covered by the genre, such as travel, journalism and writing, that revolved around her professional job. Its not only interesting but informative; some of the articles are very much like an open CV. The structure of the book is great, you can choose which articles to read, in strict order and dip in and out of them as you please. It means you can skip the poor ones and head to the really good ones. The articles I would recommend to read are: Being Sent to Siberia, Mirror Mirror, Big Night Out, Viva La Resolution, Beyond My Wildest Dreams and the Short Stories.
In conclusion, it's really swings and round-abouts; some articles are really worth a read, others I would skip. Specifically I would go for her short-stories. I think how I would judge it is that this book is better than the average I have read in the genre and she certainly can write. What I will do is read one of her novels - I think that would perhaps be better placed to judge. All in all, Verdict has given this book - 2.5* worth a read.
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“LOVED this! I laughed out loud at certain points, adored the short stories, and have reread it several times. This one really took me away with its humour and quick-wit.”Shu L wrote this review Monday, August 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“short stories that makes you laugh”shay a wrote this review Wednesday, May 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very fun light read - short amusing essays & a selection of excellent & creative short stories. ”elspbeth wrote this review Thursday, June 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Repititive.”What's the story, Morning Glory? wrote this review Wednesday, March 11, 2009. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjyoed the book alot like previous "Under the Duvet". Can understand and appreciate the honesty of Marian Keyes and her stepping up gradually to be a successful author. At the finishing of the book i thought the stories were too fictional or much of a fantasy till it is quite a fantasy to me.”Dei wrote this review Wednesday, August 13, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, if I wanted to read a light hearted book that adds absolutely nothing to my world then I would probably read this. I read this, however to see what the fuss is all about. Its a readable nothing.”Suravi wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No