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The Accidental Woman Hardcover – April, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ronald P Frye & Co; First Edition edition (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715621572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715621578
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,803,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very funny Spectator Delightfully quirky Financial Times Slyly parodies the cliches of most first novels Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jonathan Coe has written ten novels: The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep,The Rotters' Club, The Closed Circle, The Rain Before It Falls, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim and Expo 58. His biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Joyce on August 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A slight but charming novel of ideas, wise and tender, by turns unbearably sad, enviably clever and roar out loud funny, 'The Accidental Woman' is a series of vignettes from the almost tragic life of Maria, an intelligent and lovely young woman who has never been sure what she wanted and to whom as a consequence things just happen at random. This being the case, it isn't as exquisitely structured as his later work. The auctorial voice is playful, if compassionate, and scenes range from savagely farcical to gently satirical to a sort of heightened realism. Coe fans will enjoy it as long as you aren't expecting What A Carve Up or House of Sleep; anyone who hasn't read him should start with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading the excellent "House of Sleep" and "What a Carve Up", this came as a big disappointment, although with a few mitigating good features. The basic problem of this book is that its central characters are uninteresting and the plot (such as it is) unabsorbing. The "short stories within a book" at its core are an interesting idea but somehow never quite work properly. At some points it threatens to really take off, with some good secondary characters and scenes (particularly between academics and lawyers)and there are some memorable flashes of humour, but overall it is very unsatisying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ca-bookshelf on August 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This novel reads like a bad 10th grade composition! The awkward writing, a plot made up of unrelated circumstances, and a unsympathetic central character combine to make a very boring reading experience.
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More About the Author

Jonathan Coe is the author of The Winshaw Legacy and nine other novels. His many prizes include the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize.