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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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When Joanna May's husband, nuclear entrepreneur Carl, discovered that she was having an affair, he filed for divorced and had her lover killed. Now, sixty-year-old Joanna has no children and lives with her decades-younger gardener, a wannabe rock star. Carl, who also lives with a much younger partner, has never quite recovered from the affair--and Joanna is about to discover just how tightly he's held on. Thirty years ago, when Joanna thought she was having an abortion, Carl and her gynecologist conducted a terrifying experiment. The result? Jane, Gina, Julie, and Alice; one person replicated four times. And all of them, Joanna included, are suffering at the hands of the men in their lives.… (more)
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Would have been very much more interesting to have more about the clones and the relationships between them ( )
  KayCliff | Nov 17, 2018 |
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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In her latest novel, Ms. Weldon manages to boot the archenemy, boredom, out of her characters' lives as handily as she does from her readers', and it's a reasonable bet that she's had a good time doing it. Her book is part satire, part social commentary, part comedy of manners, part fantasy, but its true charm is that it ultimately refuses to be anything but itself - which is surely welcome relief to readers who might have begun to fear that dreary minimalist clones would lurk behind every book jacket forever.
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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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