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The Life and Loves of a She Devil (1983)

by Fay Weldon

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Series: She Devil

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Ruth Pratchett discovers her husband is having a passionate affair with romantic novelist, Mary Fisher, and is so seized by envy that she embarks on a course of destruction which brings her an amazing reward and those around her their just deserts.
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Re-read - a dark, funny, fable of revenge, and what it means to be a woman, what happens if someone who's always played by the rules (good wife, good mother, good woman) is given permission to break every rule in the book, and what they do with the power this brings! Fay Weldon writes brilliantly and whilst the setting may have dated a little the tensions in sex and gender relations remain. ( )
  Figgles | Sep 3, 2023 |
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  archivomorero | Feb 13, 2023 |
An incredibly dark book about revenge. After her husband has an affair, a woman sets out to ruin the life of her husband and his mistress. ( )
  martensgirl | Oct 16, 2021 |
If you are going to watch a film/mini series of this book, you MUST watch the BBC version as it is true to the book, which is realistic within the fiction genre. The American version of this book was total crap, with a stupid resolution. ( )
  nadineeg | Jan 17, 2020 |
Oddly interesting

The story is both fascinating and appalling. None of the characters are very likeable. Basically a story about a woman whose husband wrongs her. She sets a diabolical plan in motion to not only destroy him but to completely reinvent herself. ( )
  bostonterrio | Nov 21, 2017 |
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Life and Loves is a backlash novel: Ruth gets what she wants in the end, but realises that even in death Mary Fisher has won, for she remains “a woman” while Ruth is an unfeminine She Devil. Reactionary politics are nothing new for Weldon.
added by KayCliff | editThe Guardian, Sarah Diturn (Apr 5, 2017)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Weldon, Fayprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Preis, AnnikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siikarla, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waldhoff, WernerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiel, Frans van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Mary Fisher lives in a High Tower on the edge of the sea: she writes a great deal about the nature of love.
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Ruth Pratchett discovers her husband is having a passionate affair with romantic novelist, Mary Fisher, and is so seized by envy that she embarks on a course of destruction which brings her an amazing reward and those around her their just deserts.

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