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Comfort and Joy: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 27, 2011
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''Laugh-out-loud funny . . . Perfect for snuggling up with over the Christmas holidays.'' --Cosmopolitan (UK)
''A wickedly funny, painfully honest look at families, festivities, and romantic love.'' --Marie Claire --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This is the same set of characters as My Life on a Plate - only the story takes place years later. If you've read the first book, it makes reading this one even better, although it could stand alone.
It's the story of the main character, Clara and her relationships with her family - sounds dull when I say it like that but it's so well written and interesting and hilarious that I could read it again and again. I'm a Canadian with a British background (and sense of humour) and I love clever writing, absurdity and plain daftness. I think this appeals to be because the characters are at times ridiculous yet credible and it takes me on a departure to a world I enjoy - London and all its pretenses.
It was a great and funny read - loved it.
I was not expecting to laugh quite as much as I did, nor I was expecting some of the shocking language coming from a female writer/journalist, which I guess may be a double standard on my part, but I just don't read a lot of novels with such excessive swearing in conversation. I was amused though! It was all good!
Clara is a middle aged mother, dealing with a slump in her marriage and self esteem. Her life changes dramatically over a three year period, and we get to see the changes as observers at her annual Christmas party. Fun little book, easy read, very funny and at times, poignant. I may try more of Ms. Knight's writing in the future!
Comfort and Joy is actually the sequel to 'My Life on a Plate' written years ago and we meet the lead character Clara; older but not really that much wiser. It's a couple of days before Christmas, Clara is flying around Oxford Street trying her best to not spend too much on presents for people that don't appreciate them and wondering how she gets herself into this state year after year.
The story goes on, introducing Clara's wildly dysfunctional circle of family and friends, including ex-husbands, sisters and old friends. Although this is a comic novel, there is also a underlying theme of tragedy lurking beneath the surface - the break-ups, the sadness, the stresses and the strains of life. I really enjoy India Knight's style of writing, it's a perfect pick me up.
Two hundred plus pages of a group of self centered, whiny people meeting each year to snipe at each other and talk endlessly about themselves. In between the sniping and whining there is some affection but the characters were so unlikeable and one dimensional that I couldn't share in that affection.
Usually if a book isn't my cup of tea I donate it to a library but this one went in the trash. I won't be spending money on any of Ms. Knight's books again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far above most chick-lit, this is in a category by itself. I loved the characters, in all their flawed and speculative glory. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by chico
India does it again. The first had me crying in stitches. The second had me in ditches crying. Well done!Published on October 22, 2013 by Andre Greck
I bought this to read over the holidays. While it is a story about the holidays with light-hearted moments, it was more fluff than comedic substance. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by HollyVK
Did not care for this book. No need for the language that is used to express the feelings of the people.Published on December 28, 2012 by Unknown
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Clara's large and rather unorthodox family over three consecutive Christmases. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Yolanda S. Bean
I loved the main character, I loved her family, I even loved her ex-husbands. There's depth here, as well as a fresh voice and some wonderfully funny stuff. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Elaine McCarthy
India Knight's books make me laugh out loud--and this is a rare accomplishment. I enjoyed the character of Clara in Knight's earlier book, My Life on a Plate, and it's been great... Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Lisa