By Dawn French
Dawn French, no 1 bestselling writer of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh expensive Silvia, returns together with her joyously humorous new novel, According To YES.
The overseas Land of the Very filthy rich - differently referred to as Manhattan's higher East facet - has its personal inflexible code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to through the Wilder-Bingham kin.
Emotional screens - unacceptable.
Unruly behaviour - certainly no longer welcome.
Fun - no thanks.
This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's country. A superbly displayed impeccably edited castle of restraint.
So while Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old basic university instructor from England, bounces into their lives with a mystery sorrow and a center as colossal because the urban, no one realises that she hasn't learn the rule of thumb book.
For the Wilder-Bingham kin, whose lives start to get to the bottom of thread by way of thread, the results are explosive. simply because after a life of asserting no, what occurs whilst each person starts off asserting . . . yes?
'I loved According to YES. It's so diverse to something I've learn in eternally, so captivating, clever, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes
'There is a lot of enjoyable on hand studying this book. It's very unlikely to not hot to Rosie, a humorous and open-hearted girl who acts as a salve and luxury blanket for this unsatisfied, inhibited kinfolk. There's anything rather joyous concerning the manner she unashamedly romps her approach in the course of the novel, altering the lives of these round her for the better' Express
'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets in accordance with YES except the standard chick-lit template. imagine the vicar of Dibley, with out the puppy collar. YES certain certain indeed' Independent
Further compliment for sunrise French:
'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. humorous, enriching . . . page after web page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday
'A hilarious picture of kinfolk life within the twenty-first century' Sunday Express
'Extremely funny' Sunday Times
'Dawn tackles the large ones - love, loss of life, grief, formative years, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian
'Makes you snort on each page' The Times
'A brilliantly saw, very humorous novel of relatives life' Woman and Home
'Funny, fairly stress-free, hugely suggested. A fabulous author - witty, clever, poignant' Daily Mail
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In Madame Bovary you get the joke that Rodolphe's sweet talk is manure, though it smells like frankincense to Emma, but you become absorbed by Flaubert's reticence in recasting what is in essence a witty direct statement on the part of the narrator as a low-down dung joke occasioned by an "accident" of construction. Both the joke and the author's reticence contribute to our ambient sense that Emma's downfall isn't as tragic as it might be in a more conventional treatment. That is, because Flaubert won't tell us to experience it as tragedy, we hesitate and stare at hackneyed material (which, Baudelaire guessed, Flaubert chose because it was hackneyed) suddenly become unfamiliar.
And you're usually glad when the bullies show up because it means there's going to be a fight, some action. But you can't be glad when the SS shows up; perhaps it's just as well, even if it's to the movie's detriment. It's also hard to talk about Goddard's role because the subsequent revelations about Nazism, and our thinking about the psychology of it, make her declarations that we all oughta fight back, which she would do if she were a man—and which she does anyway—seem inadequate as a response to the enforcement machinery of a totalitarian regime.
For all the naturalism of Altman's semi-improvised comic style, and of the sexual and surgical content, it's not very realistic. Rather, it's an allegory of the battle between the sane, adaptable draftees and, in a phrase taken from Richard Hooker's novel, the Regular Army Clowns. It brings to mind the contest between Sir Toby Belch and Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and the scene in which "our" side carries Elliott Gould's Trapper John in a chair while drunkenly singing "Hail to the Chief" in honor of his appointment as chief surgeon indicates that the "good" chief is indeed the movie's Lord of Misrule.