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I wrote a review when this book first arrived BUT somehow it didn’t post back in I could only hope for a part in the film. I would suggest that you disregard several of the negative reviewers here and check out this book before the film comes out. Who among us hasn’t fantasized what it would be like to enjoy, even if for a short while, the wild, swinging life that we suspect the truly wealthy and not just simple millionaries The notion certainly enticed Darlene, Eleanor, Irene and Carla.
These four middle class American women, tired of their humdrum, nine to five workdays contrive a method of madness to leave behind their drab and uneventful lives for a vacation to remember. But, what happens when they arrive in Monte Carlo and each is unexpectedly greeted with a private limousine and a grand suite at the finest hotel in the Principality? True, the stories in this novel have more strands than a plate of spaghetti. And, yes, the characters probably could have been more fully developed.
But dog gone it, sometimes it’s nice to be entertained just for the fun of it. Jules Bass has written a delightful piece bas can be read in one or two sittings.
It’s light-hearted and fun. It made this reviewer laugh out loud. Everyone deserves that sort of escape every now and then. One person found this helpful. I’m no flaming feminist or anything but the idea that four women dreamed up this ridiculous “adventure”, sort of grates. That was the main characteristic of sexism headhuntes Bass’ plot.
That ordinary women are apt to dream of marrying well and etc.
One thing that I don’t think is sexist is the part about marrying money. Bass makes both the women AND the men “headhunters”, so accolades to him for that. And almost every other thing about this book was also irritating to me.
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The way Bass begins the book with four female friends in a coffee shop for their “support group” meeting. This makes them sound jaded and weak but Bass doesn’t stop there. Maybe Bass was trying a writing technique that flew over my head or something but the way that he never specified who exactly was speaking in a conversation between more than one person made me want to burn the book.
If this is a writing technique, it’s the worse I’ve ever seen, it causes his characters to have very little personality of their own. In my opinion, even though the female characters are very different with interesting personalities, Bass didn’t write well enough to display their differences so they were underdeveloped.
Technically, this is exactly the plot. Four women who are “headhunting” for rich husbands in Monte Carlo, ordinary women if you can call women in their mid to late forties who commit fraud to obtain wealthy husbands ordinary. I know the book is meant to be over the top but I still think that Bass would have pulled this off better if the men weren’t a bit past their prime and the women were about ten or fifteen years younger.
One thing that I agree with other reviewers is that it is witty and original, as well as humorous — but still so are a lot of books and then some. I don’t highly recommend it but if it still sounds appealing, everything worth a chance. Amazon used my rating of a Marian Keyes novel to judge my reaction to this one.
Boy did they miss the mark. This book was so difficult to get through, but to “give it a chance,” I finished it. Okay, so the ending was cute–I wish I would have skipped right to it once the characters had been introduced. The main characters, both male and female, are money hungry scam artists. While they’re all deceiving each other, love blossoms. What’s left is fluff. I think the book could have been good had the author not tried to ‘write like a woman’ when his female characters were thinking or talking.
I felt like someone was trying too desperately to make me relate to them, and I just couldn’t. I couldn’t relate to the men either, but that’s a given and didn’t bother me.
The characters were flat and unbelievable. The story dragged on and the entire thing could have been scaled down to a women’s magazine short story. And I may have enjoyed a short story version.
I’ll skip the movie, and recommend skipping the book. The only exception, in both cases, would be long trans-Atlantic airplane flights.
Wonderful and exciting adventure of four women whom decide to do something daring, wild, and outrageous. Truly a great read!
The four women are courageous, the four men romantic, and others who surprisingly complete the puzzle. A must read for all who love a fun, exciting roller coaster of a ride.
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