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Happy Eva After Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (November 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZ8LE1G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Happy Eva After is a quirky British comedy about marriage, parenthood, ambition, communication and the lack thereof. Sebastian Pink is an unassuming ESL teacher at The Future Perfect language school in London. Largely content to walk the dog, challenge himself with cryptic crosswords, have the occasional pint with a friend and tend to his allotment, when his workaholic wife expresses a desire to have a baby. Sebastian is ambivalent and allows himself to become distracted by the enigmatic and beautiful, Eva, a young Czech woman, studying English while working as an au pair.

In part a comedy of errors, prompted by Sebastian's imagination, including prophetic crossword clues, and the nuance of language lost in translation, Happy Eva After is an entertaining novel which also touches on serious themes such as the exploitation of foreign labour and the 'outsourcing' of parenthood.

Sebastian is an ordinary married, middle class gent, approaching middle age when her first meets Eva. He is an earnest sort of man, a bit of a nerd, but thoroughly endearing. He loves his wife, despite their many differences, though he worries his lack of ambition and easy going nature suffers by comparison, and the idea of fatherhood has him both excited and apprehensive. Sebastian's concern for Eva is somewhere between paternal and carnal but genuine nevertheless, he misinterprets a scene he witnesses between Eva and her employer which has him worried Eva is being sexually exploited and he becomes determined to somehow rescue her.

The humour is very British (is that a thing? I think it's a thing), often dry and sardonic, occasionally slipping into something outrageously silly.
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This book was a delight to read and very funny. I would thorouglhy recommend this book. The title says it all - Happy Eva After a play on words of happy ever after. The main character teaches English to foreign students, but the main character ends up learning a life lesson from his students. This is a must read. If you enjoyed The Rosie Project you will enjoy this book.
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A wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked Sebastian, but Walt had to be my favourite character. I loved the authors descriptions of the simple things (an afternoon in the back garden for instance, had me longing to be right there with them) but on the very odd occasion I felt it added nothing to the book (the extended cricket scene for example). But overall I really enjoyed this.
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I'm a grammar nazi myself and have already trotted out one line..."where's Glen (an English for foreigners teacher". "Oh, he saw a sign at a kebab shop which was incorrectly phrased and had to go in and correct it".

But overall, it's a bit bland and twee in that common English style.
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Why can't we buy this wonderful book in the UK. After placing an order in N Zealand I finally received a copy and I absolutely loved it. I haven't laughed so much since reading my all time favourite book, To Kill A Mocking Bird, many many years ago . I was ill for a couple of days whilst travelling and it cheered me no end to be able to read this superbly written and entertaining book

I can't wait to pass it on to my partner because I know he too will laugh out loud many many times :) and I will laugh again when he shares with me the reason for his laughter :)

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's observations of the English and of London and I genuinely cared about the characters in the book especially Seb and Eva, and I had to pause for quite a while after reading the end of chapter 20 because it was such a poignant moment.

I haven't read a book as well written and as entertaining as this for many years and I recommend purchasing it even though you might have to order from Australia or New Zealand. I also recommend Head Over Heel by the same author - fabulous fact based book that I will read again.
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