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Book Title: A Vision Of Loveliness|
The author of the book: Louise Levene
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 462 KB
Edition: Bloomsbury UK
Date of issue: May 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781408809822
Read full description of the books A Vision Of Loveliness:Having very much enjoyed this author’s book ‘Ghastly Business’ I decided to try ‘A Vision of Loveliness’. It is a completely different novel set in a different era but just as enjoyable. Jane James and her sister were taken in by their aunt Doreen when they were orphaned during World War II.
Jane starts work when she leaves school in what would now be called a boutique and endeavours to make the most of her appearance on limited resources. One day she finds a crocodile handbag under a seat in a pub and is encouraged to take it away with her. She resolves to track down the owner by means of the contents of the bag. This she does and strikes up a friendship with the bag’s owner, Suzy, who is a part time model and who looks remarkably like Jane herself.
The text is interspersed with snippets of advice about the way a girl should behave and dress from a book called ‘Lady be Good’. Suzy seems like the embodiment of all the book’s advice and Jane is more than happy when she takes her under her wing. What follows is an entertaining and dark story of girls about town living on next to nothing in borrowed flats and trying to get as many meals paid for by other people as possible – bearing in mind that they have to eat very little to maintain their svelte figures.
I loved the writing style in this book. There is a dry wit with some fantastic descriptions and one-liners of people and situations. A walk-on character is described as ‘some old trout called Felicity in what looked like a short-sleeved stair carpet . . .’; Jane is described when talking to Henry, Suzy’s lover, as ‘[making] no effort at all at normal conversation- as if she’d taken her batteries out to save power. . .’ Jane is not always a terribly likeable character but she does have many good points and I found myself sympathising with her because she wanted to make more of her life in an era when it was very difficult for a young woman to get anything like a well-paid job.
The ending of the book was not at all what I was expecting but it fitted the story perfectly. I was sorry when I read the final page and I will be looking out for future books by this author.
Read information about the authorLouise Levene is the author of A Vision of Loveliness, a BBC Book at Bedtime, published in May 2010, and in paperback in May 2011. She has been the dance critic of The Sunday Telegraph since 1998 but has also been an advertising copywriter, a window dresser, a radio presenter, an office cleaner, a crossword editor, a college professor and a saleslady. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Ghastly Business, published by Bloomsbury in July 2011, is a deliciously wicked, witty tale of villainy, scandal, sex and science.
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