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All is Vanity By Christina Schwarz,

  • Title: All is Vanity
  • Author: Christina Schwarz
  • ISBN: 9780345439116
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • At once darkly comedic and moving, this witty exploration of female friendship, envy, and misguided ambition by the author of the number one bestseller Drowning Ruth, deliciously satirizes the desire to shine in the world In All is Vanity, Margaret and Letty, best friends since childhood and now living on opposite coasts, reach their mid thirties and begin to chafe at theAt once darkly comedic and moving, this witty exploration of female friendship, envy, and misguided ambition by the author of the number one bestseller Drowning Ruth, deliciously satirizes the desire to shine in the world.In All is Vanity, Margaret and Letty, best friends since childhood and now living on opposite coasts, reach their mid thirties and begin to chafe at their sense that they are not where they ought to be in life Margaret, driven and overconfident, decides the best way to rectify this is to quit her job and whip out a literary tour de force Frustrated almost immediately and humiliated at every turn, Margaret turns to Letty for support But as Letty, a stay at home mother of four, begins to feel pressured to make a good showing in the upper middle class Los Angeles society into which her husband s new job has thrust her, Margaret sees a plot unfolding that s better than anything she could make up Desperate to finish her book and against her better nature, she pushes Letty to take greater and greater risks, and secretly steals her friend s stories as fast as she can live them Hungry for the world s regard, Margaret rashly sacrifices one of the things most precious to her, until the novel s suspenseful conclusion shows her the terrible consequences of her betrayal Widely celebrated for her debut novel, Drowning Ruth, Christina Schwarz once again proves herself to be a writer of remarkable depth and range Like Drowning Ruth, All is Vanity probes into the mysteries of the human heart and uncovers the passions that drive ordinary people to break the rules in pursuit of their own desires.From the Hardcover edition.
    All is Vanity At once darkly comedic and moving this witty exploration of female friendship envy and misguided ambition by the author of the number one bestseller Drowning Ruth deliciously satirizes the desire

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    1. This is a supremely frustrating book I was very irritated by the two main characters To be fair, I did keep reading to see what happened and I think the author who also wrote Drowning Ruth did a good job of describing the characters and their day to day struggles However, I am still disappointed that I devoted any time to it.

    2. This book was written in 2003 and in some ways, it is a bit dated, but it is very well done Some reviewers on say that the characters aren t realistic, but I think the past decade has shown the Letty could very well be a real person whose desire to keep up with the people around her drives her family into bankruptcy The story is about two best friends Margaret, who quits her job as a teacher to write a novel and Letty who lives with her husband and 4 kids in LA Margaret then suffers a terrible c [...]

    3. I m positive that I ve read this book before, probably pre Despite the plot feeling sickeningly familiar, despite being repulsed by these characters Letty alone was somewhat likeable at the beginning, but quickly devolved into a horrifying caricature of consumerism , despite knowing this was all going to end very, very badly, I couldn t look away That s gotta be worth 3 stars.

    4. This is a story about two friends living completely different lives a stay at home mother of four in Los Angeles and an aspiring novelist in New York City I thought this was going to be a book about women coping with their place in life in their mid thirties It is but it is so much than that The story takes an unexpected turn and I discovered that it s really about the pitfalls of consumerism, competitiveness and, you guessed it, vanity Reading this book was like the proverbial roadside accide [...]

    5. and so is the book I din t like or identify with any of the characters, who were vapid for different reasons I kept putting the book down to do other things, never eager to pick it back up, which is very unusual for a vorracious reader who blows through 1 books a day on vacation The only redeeming quality was teh anger that i felt at both characters and how they got what they deserved If this emotional of a reaction to a book is good and registers some sort of connection, I can only say it was m [...]

    6. A funny book that manages to be sad at the same time, this is a must read for anyone who ever thought of taking a year off from work to write a book Part of the story focuses on the growing indebtedness of one couple, which may feel uncomfortably close to home by anyone facing a mortgage foreclosure The story examines overconfidence and friendship in a fresh and insightful way.

    7. Langdradig verhaal Bij het lezen van de omschrijving had ik een andere wending verwacht die pas laat in het verhaal kwam en heel kort Al vond ik het onderwerp wel interessant dat schrijven van boek in een verhaal was uitgewerkt Door niet goede uitwerking weinig sterren toegekend.

    8. This book was disheartening but also compelling I not only read the entire book in 24 hours, but proceeded to take 10 minutes to summarize the entire storyline for my mostly disinterested husband.

    9. The characters really bugged me Margaret didn t seem to care about anything other than being the best at something It seemed like the only reason she wanted to write a novel was for the acclaim it would give her, and not because she had a message.You know how they say that the people that annoy you the most are the ones whose faults are most like your own Throughout the course of this book, I started to see that Margaret grated on me because she was so real and probably because I identify with h [...]

    10. I decided to take a break from historical fiction on my last couple of days on vacation, and I gave this book a try Reading this one is akin to watching a train wreck you know what is going to happen, it slightly sickens you, but you can t really turn away As the back cover eloquently puts it, At heart, Schwarz s novel depicts the narcissistic flair in contemporary society No one can stand to be average The main two characters are best friends from childhood, both of whom express this desire dif [...]

    11. At first I found this book amusing, but as the story developed I began to chafe at the self indulgence and self absorption of both Margaret and Letty Letty s e mails were entertaining, but the consumerism is that spelled right and keeping up with the Jones attempts soured me And as for Margaret, she s lucky she married an understanding and forgiving man I think the author tried to show us how both characters grew, but it seemed too little, too late.However, the book kept me reading, because I ju [...]

    12. Funny, entertaining, moody, a little sad, a good summer beach read, witty, interesting all of this A little long, but still A woman who wants to write a novel but finds she is in a bit over her head The best part of the book is the excuses she invents for herself NOT to write Her best friend inadvertently helps her out and the ending is unexpected and Do not want to give anything away.

    13. I don t remember anything about this book I just wrote in my journal that I had read it, and that it wasn t nearly as good as, Drowning Ruth which is a book I really enjoyed by the same author I read another of her books earlier this year or late last year, and didn t like that one either I m not sure I d read any of her books in the future, although I still recommend, Drowning Ruth which was an interesting book.

    14. Letty and Margaret are childhood friends from California Letty is a stay at home mom who keeps in touch with her best friend through amusing emails detailing her struggles to keep up with the LA Joneses Margaret as moved to NYC and has quit her job to write a novel The story details the rise and fall of each Funny, satirical, a bit too long.

    15. Reading this book is like watching a train wreck in slow motion There were some good lessons taught but I did find the stupidity of one family to be a little over the top The saddest part about said stupidity is that I know there are people just like that out there, otherwise Americans would not have just experienced a pretty costly recession.

    16. if you liked the 1st Shopaholic book then you ll probably like this one just this time it s light reading about grown women with that quirky sense of humour and overblown sense of entitlement It was a slow read in the beginning but gets better and i actually cared about the two main characters despite their many faults.

    17. Emily gave me this book bc she lost interest And while it isn t super in depth and does contain a lot of correspondance in lieu of actual text, it was pretty interesting to me A perfect read for at night I found myself thinking about it and wanting to see what happened Thanks Emily

    18. I had mixed feelings about this book First of all, only one character in the entire book was likeable the others are fatally flawed, which in essence is the point of the book The first two hundred pages were killer and I can sum them up in one sentence Letty wants to write a book, so she quits her day job but she has no idea for her book, so she procrastinates in every way possible and makes up excuses to herself and her husband about why she hasn t written anything Of course, these 200 pages al [...]

    19. This book contains probably the best depiction of what it s like to aspire to be a published novelist, and be humiliated at every turn, that I ve ever read Not everything in All Is Vanity works quite as well, but it s a novel I ve read at least once a year for a decade plus, and it s been a huge treat every time.

    20. Boring and borderline obnoxious The two main characters are spoiled and self centered and very little happens Unlikable characters, minimal plot A few mildly amusing moments Skip it.

    21. Nancy Pearl one of my heroes whetted my appetite for this novel simply by describing it as the story of a writer who turns her best friend s life into fiction But All is Vanity has many timely themes, including a classic morality tale of unwise financial choices.Margaret Snyder quits her job as a high school English teacher in New York City, deciding she ll take a year out to write a novel She starts writing about Robert Martin, a Vietnam vet who s trying to start his life back up again in the S [...]

    22. Margaret and Letty are two of the most self delusional characters I have ever met in a novel Best friends since childhood and now in their 30s, Margaret has rashly quit her teaching job in NYC to write a novel and Letty s husband, just hired at a fancy art museum in LA, catapults his family into a lifestyle well beyond their means.From the beginning it s clear to the reader and at some remote level to the two women that they are doomed Margaret in her assurance that the great American novel is r [...]

    23. I liked the cover art for this book a crumpled up sheet of paper, stabbed in the middle by a sharp letter opener.I liked the name Schwarz I liked the title All is Vanity, a theme I m interested in in the novel I m working on Harlequin in the Mirror All is Vanity lives up to the cover art The main character, I swear, comes straight out of Jane Austen, and particularly, Emma Margaret Emma has some big ideas, for herself and others She s going to write the Great American Novel I laugh, thinking of [...]

    24. 400 pages Exploration of female friendship, envy, and misguided ambition Satirizes the desire to shime in the world.Lifelong best friends Margaret and Letty are in their mid 30s Margaret has just quit her teaching job to write a novel in Manhattan Letty, her husband, and her four children are enjoying their first taste of worldly success in Los Angeles Margaret soon discovers that writing is not as easy as it looks, and Letty finds herself financially over her head in the one upmanship of L.A li [...]

    25. Struggling novelist steals from best friends domestic and financial dilemas and urges her into further dilemas to provide novel material.Few excerpts I enjoyed Upon being right when authorities disagree That s what I recommend, a hearty dose of gleeful sneering Despair realizing she is failing badly Slowly I began to stagger mechanically in the direction of our apartment, Without meaning to sometimes I stopped, my brain so knotted with inchoate ribbons of thought that there was no room left even [...]

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