The Devil Wears Prada : A Novel
18 journalers for this copy...
bookstotreasure (Ohio, US) rec'd 11/4/04
beaner-1 (Ohio, US) rec'd 11/19/04 sent 12/6/04
timollie5502 (New York, US) rec'd 12/10/04 sent 12/13/04
nomadbooklvr (Massachusetts, US) rec'd 12/18/04 sent 1/6/05
devon612 (Florida, US) rec'd 1/22/05 sent 2/6/05
Nik-The-Stik (Ontario, Canada) rec'd 4/4/05
iguana-girl (Ontario, Canada) rec'd 4/23/05 sent 5/4/05
RlyLv2Rd (Minneapolis, US) rec'd 5/16/05 sent 5/21/05
corry000 (Chicago, US) (asked to be skipped)
legs (Missouri, US) (received her own copy of this book)
aditey (Utah, US) rec'd 6/1/05 sent 6/29/05
jenvince (California, US) (read the book after joining this ring)
kamalamalama(Hawaii, US) rec'd 8/18/05 sent 8/21/05
sparky1 (Perth, Australia) rec'd 12/27/05 sent 1/24/06
LeafOfHumanTree (Sydney, Australia) rec'd 1/27/06 sent 2/13/06
Flicki (Niedersachsen, Germany) rec'd 5/6/06 sent 7/21/06
Sterile (Lancashire, England) (asked to be skipped)
corry000 (Chicago, US) rec'd 9/15/06 sent 12/4/06
kamalamalama(Hawaii, US) (no response)
suebo(Pennsylvania, US) (no response)
FiBe's ring has stalled, so the last two people are being added to my list:
bookworm1954 (Missouri, US) (asked to be skipped)
gidget2 (Texas, US) (no response)
new ring participants:
Bug2004 (Nebraska, US) rec'd 12/23/06 sent 1/18/07
PRCS - Canada
Tanya04 (Crickhowell, Wales)
yowlyy (Nottingham, England)
wilmar (Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands)
piiku (Parainen, Varsinais-suomi, Finland)
sanjyian (Porto, Portugal)
sudokris (Bonn, Germany)
zoeking (Barcelona, Spain)
sweetpea0678 (Florida, US)
lastchancetosee (Delaware, US)
SandDanz (Indiana, US)
bookworm1954 (Missouri, US)
gidget2 (Texas, US)
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I honestly don't know why I finished it - I just kept going, thinking it would all be worth it in the end. I was wrong.
I wasn't an English major, so I don't know the right words to describe the problems I had with the book, but I'll try. It was so irritating. The premise - of selling your soul to a job and a nightmare of a boss (a character so one-dimensionally written, I found myself wanting to roll my eyes at her) - is not something I can relate to, and have a hard time believing. The tone was shrill, the dialogue mind-numbing (again, the eye-rolling). I don't know anything about the author, but I would guess this is her first book, and she tried really, really, really hard. Too hard. It reminds me of my short stories in college - and almost as bad!
SO! *smiling brightly* Next!
I went to bed last night feeling that I hadn't been quite fair to the poor book, after all, I did read the whole thing, so it must have had *something* going for it, right? So here's my peace offering.
Her narrative voice is way better than her dialogue. At times I was interested in what would happen next. The whole fashion world thing was fun to imagine, and if it's really like this book, I am so glad I'm not a part of it. And that's the moral of the story.
So now I feel a little better!
I'm mailing it out today to the next person.
On it's way to devon612 in Florida.
Thanks for the postcard nomad!
Sending to Nik-The-Stik next!
I plan to start it tonight or tomorrow & will journal again when finished.
Oh - and thanks for the great postcard, devon612! :)
What a great novel! At first I didn't know what to expect of it, but Andrea & her daily commentaries quickly grew on me... to the point where I couldn't wait to pick the book up to see where it was headed next. Without offering up any spoilers, I will just also comment that I loved the place where the story took her to, in the end.
As an added bonus, I found myself (haven't decided whether consciously or subconsciously, yet...) taking an extra minute or two of time in the morning, trying to pick out a little nicer of an outfit to wear to the office..... nothing anywhere NEAR Prada or D&G quality, mind you - lol. I also found myself a little more appreciative my more 'lax' office environment & reminded myself not to take it for granted ever again! Because although I don't think I've experienced anywhere close to a "Miranda", I've worked enough years already to know there are some real nutters out there! :)
Thanks again for sharing this one! I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
This will be going to iguana-girl as soon as I get in touch with her.
Thanks for sharing, I've contacted RlyLv2Rd and I'll send the book off shortly!
You can skim the lists, though, and come out with some good, clean, fun. I'm sending this out as soon as I get the next address!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to Kamalamalama via airmail. Enjoy!
CAUGHT IN PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off across the Nullabor Plain to LeafOfHumanTree in Sydney via Express post.
I really enjoyed this book...kinda surprised myself!!! Thanks Silverstarry.
It's ironic that the narrator of this thinly-disguised autobiographical 'novel' wants to become a 'serious' writer and keeps reminding us that she loves writing and wants to move from 'Runway' fashion magazine to 'The New Yorker', when The Devil Wears Prada is such a trashy piece of lazy writing. The prose and plot of The Devil Wears Prada are clichéd, clumsy and banal. Structurally, the novel plods lazily towards its inevitable conclusion. I stopped feeling empathy for the narrator, who became selfish and self-deceiving and who was, in her own way, as snobby as the anorexic fashion victims around her and ruthlessly ambitious. The novel's conclusion and sentiments are saccharine and in the end, the narrator is smug about her new-found success and lacks empathy for her successor as personal slave to the boss from hell, which makes her not much better than the monsters she left behind.
The book is hypocritical in its intent and vicarious thrills. Readers are invited to admire the glamour and luxury the narrator encounters and pretends not to care about - but compulsively catalogues - whilst booing at the witchy boss from hell and sighing over the temptation of the attractive, arrogant Bright Young Thing whom the narrator is favouring over her long-suffering boyfriend. Since the author has sold this shoddily-written revenge novel for profit and fame, it's harder to respect her fictional doppelnganger, the narrator. I'd respect her more if she'd taken some care with the writing.
I found the descriptions of the boss-from-hell's behaviour repetitive but cathartic, however, having encountered some monsters in publishing myself. I even think anyone wanting to work in publishing should read this book (not for the writing, but as a cautionary tale of the pyschopathology of 'glamorous' industries - I recognise the power games, hypocrisy, etc, from my own experiences), but there are better books one could read instead.
Conclusion: A fairy-floss, throw-away read, that leaves you feeling the way gossip and fashion magazines do: Trees died for this?
[On a side note, I wish the designer/typesetter and editor had chosen a better typeface, as this novel is very hard on the eyes.]
Anyway, thanks a bunch! :-)
I quite enjoyed the book because truly I didn't manage to start it earlier because I had to work about as much as Andy does in the book and it was quite comforting not to feel entirely alone. :-) Being a teacher's trainee, my work is a tad different, though, but still... the situation is not so unsimilar with people being there only to judge you... hmpf... .
Sterile wants to be skipped so I'll send the book off to corry000 some time next week. Thanks so much for sharing and for your patience! :-)
Thanks for sharing!
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I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but it seemed to drag on. In fact, I put it aside several times, just because I found myself growing bored w/ some parts.
I loved the NY vibe and I loved Andrea...such a smart, funny character. I thought the ending was well done.
Thanks so much for sharing...I'm grateful for the chance to see what all the fuss is about. :)
I will get this to the post office tomorrow!!
I was informed that Delivery Confirmation is not available for international mail...hope this is correct! Should be there in 4-7 days, or so I am told. Happy travels!!!!!
although have not decided yet !!!