Saturday, April 11, 2015

Funny Girl

Sixties. Nick Hornby gets certain elements exactly right in his novel titled, Funny Girl. First, when describing life in England during the 1960s, he seems to capture a wide range of how much in the society changed during that decade and he uses the transformation in selected characters to reinforce the overall changes. Second, his dialogue always advanced the plot and developed the characters. Finally, the flaws in his characters and their foibles made for great humor, while never coming across as judgmental or nasty. Protagonist Sophie Straw is a memorable and complex character who epitomizes the transformation in the positions of women during that time. The creative talent in every era can bring focused attention to what is really going on in the world. Hornby kept me interested and engaged in the lives of these characters and I loved reading this novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Funny Girl from

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