January Challenge: Lipstick Jungle

I am done with the book for January, which is Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell.
It was quite an interesting book actually and thank you Ravenclawsam for recommending it!
I won’t review the novel exactly but I will write about what I liked and what I didn’t.
Things I liked:
It is very well written and it doesn’t get boring anywhere. I liked the way the author has described the world that her characters inhabit, a world which is very different from my world, for one.
I also like the choice of characters. There are so many books which tell stories of men and women who conquer all odds to fulfill their dreams. But this book talks about what happens after you get there. Or at least that is how I perceived it. Nico, Victory and Wendy are three extremely successful women. They have worked hard to get where they are and the novel is the story of what it takes to maintain that kind of success. And, of course, it is anything but easy.
The novel also deals with the issue of stereotypical roles of men and women but it does succeed in, sort of, subverting them. Especially in the case of Wendy and Shane.
Among the three protagonists my favourite would be Victory. She is a very strong character because she knows what she wants and knows how to get it too. But she doesn’t compromise on her beliefs in the process. Mid-way in the novel she does face this dilemma of doing what is right or doing what will sell. And, frankly, I was a little apprehensive about what her decision would be. But it becomes unnecessary by the end of it. She knows what it takes to be successful but she doesn’t lose herself in the end. So that’s good 🙂
Things I didn’t like:
There aren’t many of these. I didn’t really like any of the male characters.
Shane, because he is one of those ‘typical’ male characters who do not know how to cope with their wives’ success. Lynn, because he comes across as too patronizing. Victor, because he is just simply ruthless. I don’t know if that’s always a bad thing in business but I don’t see how anybody could act like he does.
Seymour and Selden are a little better than the others I guess.
The reason why I say this-that I don’t like any of the male characters-is because I think it’s a little bit unfair to them. I mean, all men aren’t like this-insecure or patronizing or ruthless even. For me at least there appears to be a clear distinction between the two sexes somehow and that’s not really the truth. Just like its completely wrong to stereotype women, it is completely wrong to stereotype men too.
But all in all I enjoyed reading the book and I would definitely recommend it too. I haven’t given too many details here because I don’t want to give any spoilers.
I have realized, in the process of writing this post, that I have started ‘analyzing’ books. That’s not necessarily bad but this is what you can expect for the remaining books too I guess. I hope this helps those of you who are planning on reading the novel 🙂
Oh and do read Mia’s review of the book here.
Until the next post….

Book Blogging Challenge

Hello everyone and a very happy new year! (Very late, I know).
I have been wondering about what to write about for some time now but I have a dissertation to write for this semester so I haven’t found the time. But now I have the perfect thing! My friend Ravenclawsam who blogs at A Blast of Random and a friend of hers who blogs at The Diary of an Introverted Schmuck have come up with this great idea of reading a book every month and blogging about it. Here’s the post by Ravenclawsam where she explains it.
I have, obviously, decided to join in. What with my dissertation and everything else I haven’t been getting any time to read just for fun and this Book Blogging Challenge gives me the opportunity to read atleast one non-dissertation related book every month. Plus it gives me an opportunity to blog about books!! What could be better than that?
For now I am going to start with Ravenclawsam’s book recommendations, but if there is a book that I have already read I’ll switch to her friend’s recommendation. I’ll mention that beforehand.
So this month’s book is Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell. It was published in 2005.

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The novel is about three very successful women-Nico O’Neilly, Victory Ford and Wendy Healy who live in New York. The novel also has a TV adaptation of the same name.
I am just getting started on the book but by the end of the month I’ll definitely have something to say about it.
Until next time then…

10 Words Every Book-Lover Should Know

Interesting Literature

The word for a book-lover is a ‘bibliophile’, a word first recorded in print in 1824. Alternatively, there is the word ‘bookworm’, which is of an altogether more ancient pedigree: it first appears in 1580. But what words should every good bibliophile and bookworm know? Here are some of our favourites.

If you consider yourself an educated or ‘lettered’ person, you might be described as a LITERARIAN, a word coined from the French in the eighteenth century and probably modelled on similar words such as ‘librarian’ and ‘antiquarian’.

Some people consider themselves highly educated and lettered literarians, but in fact they are often ULTRACREPIDARIAN – a handy word which refers to someone who gives an opinion on things s/he knows nothing about. This rather useful word is first recorded in a letter of 1819 written by influential critic William Hazlitt (indeed, he applies the word ‘ultracrepidarian’ to critics here in…

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