The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What a wonderful book!
For those of you who don’t know what the book is, here is the gist – The Undomestic Goddess is about this high-flying big town London based Lawyer, Samantha, who slips into a much laid back job. The changeover is like moving from Violet to Red, literally from one end to the other end of the spectrum. How Samantha manages this sudden shift is the hilarious content of The Undomestic Goddess.
This novel could top the charts if it were made into a movie. It is easily the material for a Romcom. It is wonderfully thought out, and told with excellence. I did like Sophie Kinsella’s story-telling. It is a tried and tested formula – take up simple theme and story and make it work wonders just by using witty, intelligent story-telling. In this story, we all know how it is going to end, but that didn’t stop me from reading upto the end with frenzied interest. Yep, the momentum was up till the very end. That’s why it would make such a superb movie.
If there is one point I could criticize, it would be the editing. There were huge chunks of prose – could’ve divided that up. That’s about it. I’ve got nothing more to criticize.
Stop and Stare:
This is a book that will tell you what it is like to slow down your life. Stop and Stare.It’s ironic how I really wanted to read this book in one sitting…to just rush through it. But instead, I told myself to take it slow, to savour it, just like Samantha slowed down her life.
I loved the ending of the novel. It was romantic and pragmatic; somehow two things that have never quite hit it off have joined hands towards the climax of The Undomestic Goddess.That’s how a book should be, you know. It had drama, romance, self realization, humor(lots of humor) and inspiration.
Here’s a screenshot of my reading progress – that should give you an idea about what reactions to expect at what percent of the book!
The beginning felt a little amateurish because this was the story of a lawyer and in such stories I expect a certain kind of crisp and curt description. But this novel bypassed all of that. It was utterly unclear on her job description. Even though there are pages and pages of her job, I don’t understand it clearly.I wasn’t able to discern what her law firm did.
Early on, I understand that establishing her ‘busyness’ is important, but this goes on for 3 chapters! I was getting weary hoping that the story would move on. But that’s just a tiny misstep in this otherwise perfect novel.
It seemed like Sophie Kinsella’s idea was to just breeze through those lawyer stuff and not get into details. She concentrated on character development. I have to hand it to her. She did a brilliant job there.
Two cellphones and a birthday cake – sounds like the makings of a really sappy song:
Samantha is a girl, sorry woman, who wants to please eeeveryyybodayyy!
She has no self satisfaction or any life of her own. The character was bang on. I had to stop, laugh and move on with the book because this witty character doing household chores is a really funny sight. She is so wound-up that taking a day off or enjoying that day is unimaginable for her. It becomes physically impossible for her to take holidays. I can totally get that.
The moment I started enjoying this book was her ‘birthday dinner’ with ‘family’ [I could carry on adding quotes and unquotes to this sentence] Poor Samantha. It was a really crappy way to spend one’s birthday.
That’s when it got interesting. I was able to put myself in her shoes. It was practically my life story. I quit a high-paying corporate job to take up a job I was passionate about, like Samantha. I did not listen to my mom’s advice to ‘do something useful’ with my life instead of enjoying it, just like Samantha. And I took up this job without asking for her express permission, just like Samantha. The only difference was, she ran away from hers and got fired, while I refused to work for weeks and was given a warning. So in conclusion, my life was really similar to Samantha when reading this book, so I related to this instantly.
So I guess that’s a wrap. I suggest you pick up this book. Don’t miss it.
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