- File Size: 768 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (November 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 22, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FZ8LE1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Happy Eva After Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
But overall, it's a bit bland and twee in that common English style.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fab fun story & characters. Lots of chuckles in particular over the misunderstandings about & pronunciation of the English language. & a romp through London is always fun.Published on April 28, 2014 by kate sadler
A great read, perhaps the best this year..it is so good. A great story that flows-it is so well written it is an easy read. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by dr phillip kariatlis