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I don't watch reality programmes but I do enjoy books that show a behind the scenes look in at them. The Brazilian hit all the hallmarks. You can't really go wrong with a bunch of people vying to upgrade from C (possibly D-list) "celebrities" on a reality television series. I didn't even feel badly for any of them that there was a ringer in the group. It's takes a particular talent to write a generally off-putting group that makes you still want to turn the page and not tune out of the story. As with The Square, I wanted to know how things would turn out for everyone.
Jane remains gloriously vapid & I'm still wondering what Patrick sees in her. Still, Jane's inner thoughts were worth a lot of laughs out loud. My favorite being when she posits she should be famous because Theresa May is and she, Jane "has A LOT more going for her than Theresa bloody May." Belle was one that I quite pulled for in all the chaos in Ibiza. Gemma was a standout in the Ibiza (or Bust) group with Alan coming in a second with his excellent observations. But the real standout is little George. He was a delight in the first book and he just continues being awesome here.
I've only one real regret, that I won't have this to read poolside this summer. It strikes a good balance between frothy fun and making a relevant statement on this age of the sport of chasing insta-fame. This is a fun one and definitely one to take along on vacay.
The island of Ibiza becomes the focus of this motley crew of characters who are all there for different reasons. There are Jane and Patrick who are there for a family holiday even though they have both strayed, and they have brought a young neighbour to look after their young son George because a family holiday wouldn't be complete without staff. But they don't know that their employee for the holidays has also managed to sneak her boyfriend over to Ibiza without their knowledge. After all, she can't be expected to work all the time?
The island is also the setting for a group of wannabe and washed up celebrities who are filming for a daytime reality tv show, Ibiza or Bust. But as tensions rise among the group will they crew be able to control their charges, and when everyone on the island collides, who knows what could happen?
THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard made me laugh out loud and I raced through this story to see out it would all turn out. The characters are refreshing and a little hysterical but it all adds to the drama, and there is certainly plenty of that. So if you are looking for a fun and entertaining story, THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard is a must!
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher
It helps that almost every character is more shaded and more playfully manipulated by the author than one might expect. Our author does a marvelous job of shifting each major character from ridiculous to sympathetic and back to ridiculous, and it's actually a bit unnerving as a reader to realize how easily we can be manipulated by an author once we've been snared by a book. It certainly helps that Mallard can be wicked, rude, a bit ribald, and refreshingly honest, often all on the same page.
We often follow the thoughts of Simon, the small time producer of this small time reality show, as he figures out what he can work with, what can be edited, who can be led where, and how a hit can be coaxed and produced from this raw human material, and at some point you realize that the author is doing the exact same thing, but with complete control over the project. It was when I realized that truth, and decided I liked the author's evenhanded approach to handing out snarky observations and sly throwaway takedowns, that I decided to just relax, go with the flow, and see this through to the end.
So, the book is episodic, fast paced, a bit edgy, sometimes wise, and always just a touch vinegary. Everyone keeps crashing into everyone else, and I just couldn't look away. A surprise, and a tasty treat.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)