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Playing With the Grown-ups: A Novel (udgave 2008)

af Sophie Dahl

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To Kitty, growing up at Hay House, surrounded by doting relations, is heaven. But for Marina, Kitty's silver-eyed mother, younger and more beautiful than other mothers, it is simply boredom. Though a string of suitors keeps the phone ringing all day long, she craves novelty, excitement, parties. Swami-ji, Marina's guru, sees her future in New York and so the family is scooped up and relocated, leaving Kitty exiled in boarding school hell. Reprieve comes in the form of the guru's summons to the ashram, but then, just as Kitty is approaching enlightenment, they are off again, leaving everything behind to come back to London. And this time, no man, drug or cocktail can staunch Marina's hunger for a happiness that proves all too elusive. And Kitty, turning fourteen, must choose- whether to play dangerous games with the grown ups or to finally put herself first.… (mere)
Medlem:jemsw
Titel:Playing With the Grown-ups: A Novel
Forfattere:Sophie Dahl
Info:Nan A. Talese (2008), Hardcover, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:kindle, novel, 20th C

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I must confess that I didn't really 'get' this. I don't know if I'm just not the target audience but it just seemed a bit unfinished. It felt to me that there needed to be a little bit more set in the present day OR another chapter or two at the end.

I'm going to be placing this in my 'to donate' pile. ( )
  Damiella | Aug 18, 2020 |
I felt compelled to finish this because I have a whole shelf of unread thrift store books making me feel guilty. I was bothered by the unfamiliar lifestyle of their family, it just didn't seem believable...or it is hard to imagine a single mother affording such a privileged and indulgent lifestyle (even if she sold paintings for awhile).
Too many characters, and locales-- and so little depth. Not to mention the downward spiral of the main character and her mother was just depressing. It's too bad the story didn't stay focused. Each time I started to enjoy a setting, the story changed. So many good places for the story to stay focused on and developed more. Too bad.
I don't know if it is me or what, but I do like to start a book and have a clear time and place hinted at with in the first few paragraphs. I couldn't really "place" the characters in a certain time period. It took awhile. I suppose it was early 80s onward? I don't know. Maybe I missed some British references.
Anyway, thank god it is over.
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  Honeysucklepie | Aug 21, 2013 |
Mooie roman over opgroeien in Engeland in een kunstenaarsmilieu. Een beetje het 'hideous kinky' van de jaren '90. Ook qua sfeer te vergelijken met de boeken van Esther Freud.
Het blijkt dat volwassen worden in een welliswaar riante omgeving maar met (te) veel vrijheid zeker niet makkelijk is. ( )
  Petry | Feb 14, 2012 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I LOVED this book!!!! well worth the read. ( )
  buddysmom78 | May 9, 2010 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I loved the book! Knowing that this was the first book by Sophie Dahl and think it was a good start. ( )
  leaken | Feb 10, 2010 |
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The phone is ringing. In her sleep Kitty hears her own voice on the answering machine, husky, as her husband laughs at the serious tone of her message in the background. Then there is the beep, and another voice, a voice tinged with a panic that is familiar.
"Kitty, it's Violet. I'm sorry to ring you in the middle of the night, but it's Mummy. Something's happened."
She sits up, scrabbles for the phone in the dark.
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To Kitty, growing up at Hay House, surrounded by doting relations, is heaven. But for Marina, Kitty's silver-eyed mother, younger and more beautiful than other mothers, it is simply boredom. Though a string of suitors keeps the phone ringing all day long, she craves novelty, excitement, parties. Swami-ji, Marina's guru, sees her future in New York and so the family is scooped up and relocated, leaving Kitty exiled in boarding school hell. Reprieve comes in the form of the guru's summons to the ashram, but then, just as Kitty is approaching enlightenment, they are off again, leaving everything behind to come back to London. And this time, no man, drug or cocktail can staunch Marina's hunger for a happiness that proves all too elusive. And Kitty, turning fourteen, must choose- whether to play dangerous games with the grown ups or to finally put herself first.

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