- Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley (1. Juli 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451409256
- ISBN-13: 978-0451409256
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,7 x 10,4 x 3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.974.327 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Making Minty Malone (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2000
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Acclaim for The Trials of Tiffany Trott:`funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable'Marian Keyes`An engaging creation with a knack in witty one-liners'Sunday Express -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
The sparkling new romantic comedy novel by the author of THE TRIALS OF TIFFANY TROTT. Everyone likes radio reporter Minty A- she's so terribly nice. But being nice doesn't save her from being jilted at the very altar by her attractive but domineering fiance Dominic. Ditched rather than hitched, a shocked Minty takes stock, and, on her husbandless honeymoon, she vows to become just a little less 'nice'. Joined by her fiery cousin Amber, whom no one could describe as sweet-natured, Minty sets out on a Quest for the Self, in which she will finally learn how to say 'No'.But Dominic's devastating desertion has left her with an unhealed wound. For if the man she loved could do that to her, then how can any man be trusted? But then Minty stumbles upon the real reason for Dominic's dreadful defection. Faced with the ugly truth, she prepares to move on, let go, and learn how to say 'Yes' once more. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This author, Isabel Wolff, is new to me, but I am ordering her prior book immediately after reading Minty Malone. Minty takes a good long while getting over her engagement gone bad, swinging from blaming herself totally to blaming him totally. She comes to the conclusion, as most of us do, that the relationship was a bust because both were at fault, although she has to painfully acknowledge her own shallowness in the process. Her class on how not to be 'nice' is so hilarious I think I'll either look for one myself or start one. The way she learns to trade insults with the gorgeous Joe gets wittier and wittier as they happily draw stares from the crowds of people who overhear them. How I love to laugh!
What I like so much about this book is that you can't help but wonder if Isabel Wolff is watching Oprah when Dr. Phil comes on (Does Oprah even come on in London?). Dr. Phil preaches that "We teach people how to treat us," and that there are no victims. And THAT is the message of this book. You'll read in the other reviews that this is a story about a woman who got jilted at the altar. Yep- sure did. And it is a story about her recovering from this- but it's MORE than that. It's about her having to realize that SHE could have prevented the jilting, and that getting jilted was not the worst thing in the world (The 28,000 pounds spent on the wedding, notwithstanding). She has to realize that she was too nice and too much of a doormat and that the fault is not all his, nor is it all hers.
This seems to me to be a new sort of theme for these kinds of books. This genre of books tend to be more about "Oh poor me- Bad men treat me wrong and I need to find a good man." Minty Malone is more about learning the lesson of, "I *chose* the bad men who treated me wrong and that's my fault. I need to value myself more." It's a subtle but important difference. I really liked that message. Along these same lines, it's about realizing that the negative things that happen to you in your life may actually be positive. I very much like Wolff's philosophy and attitude towards life.
My only complaints about this book are as follows: First, Minty is SUPER wimpy at the beginning, but I expect that's necessary to show her growth. In other words, it's not really a fault with the book- I just don't think that early-book Minty and I would have been friends. The same goes for the roommate/cousin Amber- She's SO bossy- I wanted to squash her.
Second, Minty and her roommate/cousin Amber take a trip which is extremely distracting. It's is an element of the plot, but there are extremely distracting elements to it. It's almost like Wolff took a trip there herself and just HAD to write about it.
Other than that, I really recommend it- I expected a superficial, cute romance novel, but there was slightly more depth to it than that, which I very much appreciated. Don't get me wrong- it ain't a work of Shakespeare- but it is definitely worthwhile reading.
"The making of Minty Malone" by Isabel Wolff was one of the books I bought this summer, while on vacation & desperate to have something to read on the plane. The truth though is that I could have chosen it anyway, in a bookstore, since I have a soft spot for this kind of book after reading everything by Marian Keyes & Helen Fielding. But that's the point: Marian Keyes & Helen Fielding write well, & their books stand out & would have done so even if they had decided to write about something else. The same cannot be said about all the other writers deciding to write this kind of novel: it's as if they all follow an exact formula. Single woman, living lonely & sad & usually ditched in London preferably. Two or three close friends around her. A job that, as the book develops, gets better, as new opportunities appear out of nowhere & our heroine becomes more assertive by the moment, "gets in touch with her true feelings" & grabs these chances. And of course in the end, there's always an almost perfect for everyone, (but definitely perfect for the heroine) man. They live happily ever after & we're left to wander what the hell is wrong with our everyday life, since it doesn't seem to change so dramatically & so easily...
Isabel Wolff's book follows the above formula exactly. So it's both good & bad. It's a good plane-ride book, good for a few laughs (sometimes because of the incredulity of everything that's going on). But after the plane-ride (& the read) is over...so is the book. You immediately forget about it & go on to discover the next Minty Malone-Lucy Sullivan-Bridget Jones etc etc. The only thing I could wish were that more women had these heroins' luck because the world would be a better (& easier to live in) world. Since it's not, we can only dream, & once in a while, pick up one of these books....
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