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The Cloning of Joanna May by Fay Weldon

The Cloning of Joanna May (1989)

by Fay Weldon

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This could be the next step on from Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives. The perfect woman. But this one has intelligence. Its a story of how she leaves her creator, her lover, and her adventures on her way to taking over the world. Its quite amusing to see the sex industry from the point of view of one who has no knowledge of morals. The end of the story is predictable, somewhat disappointing, but actually the only possible end. ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
I tried to read this several times but I just could not get into it. My daughter was also unable to get into it. Hopefully somebody else will enjoy it more.
  seldombites | Sep 9, 2010 |
Cool premise, bizarre execution. Set in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, a 60-year-old divorcee discovers her ex-husband secretly had her cloned 30 years ago. Her four clone daughters, who were implanted in different women and grew up in very different family situations, make the discovery at about the same time. Soul-searching ensues. It should've been fascinating but--alas!--this is one of those stories where all the characters come across as caricatures. Also, the whole book is written in this artificial, disjointed, jarring style that I didn't particularly enjoy. I think Weldon crafted her characters and delivery this way to achieve a certain effect, but personally, I found it unsatisfying. ( )
  keely_chace | Aug 21, 2007 |
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This has been a year of strange events: some wonderful, some terrible.
It is the custom of intelligent and competent men to marry women less intelligent and less competent than themselves. So mothers often have daughters brighter than they, and fathers have sons more stupid.
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