- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; Media tie-in edition (18 January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141029064
- ISBN-13: 978-0141029061
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,63,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Notes on a Scandal Paperback – 18 Jan 2007
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"An intense, witty, literary page-turner"--"Entertainment Weekly" "Equally adroit at satire and at psychological suspense, Zoe Heller charts the course of a predatory friendship and demonstrates the lengths to which some people go for human company."--"The New Yorker" "A deliciously perverse, laugh-out-loud-funny novel."--"Vogue" "A triumph of intelligence and narrative control."--"The Times" (London) "Heller is a great ventriloquist of character, and as the unhinged curator of the Sheba affair, Barbara is painfully note perfect."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Wicked and wonderful social satire."--"Glamour"
About the Author
Zoe Heller's first novel, Everything You Know, was published by Viking in 1999. Zoe Heller writes a column for the Daily Telegraph and was columnist of the year for 2002. She lives in New York.
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I did not have much expectation from this book, I've rarely seen this book being mentioned on goodreads or booktube but I picked it up anyway enticed by the oh-so-awesome cover design and I'm glad I did!
It is about 2 teachers at a British public high school who develop a close friendship, only one them (read Barbara) has an obsessive stalker syndrome and often exhibits bizarre behaviour.
What makes the story exceptionally fascinating and unique is that Barbara, narrating the book thinks she's in control of the plot and the story she's telling is about her 'friend's' affair with a student through her journal entries. When in reality, to the reader,it's Barbara who is the real mystery. As the story unfolds, she becomes more and more sinister and a complex character. At the end you begin to sympathise with Barbara while being terrified of her at the same time.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. In fact I enjoyed Notes on a Scandal more than I did Catch-22 by the same author. There is never a dull moment in this book and you'd be sure to love it!
Its about two school teachers, Sheba Hart and Barbara Covett and the events that happen in their life. Both are contrasting characters and somehow the plot weaves mainly into their friendship patterns over a period of time.
For those who love to read a lot about a character's description in a novel and also the type of novels that describe about the complexities of an extended friendship, this book might be a treat. Zoë Heller has struck upon some unknown area that takes places subconsciously in friendships between women folk. The narration is brilliant.
I personally enjoyed reading it.
There are moments of hilarity as Barbara relays Sheba's confidences to her; the way the 40 year old woman imbues her young lover's limited conversational abilities with romantic mystique. And as she describes daily life in a rough comprehensive one laughs out loud at times.
But there is also sadness in the desperate loneliness of our narrator, and an ever-present threatening feeling, as she recalls previous 'difficulties' with friends who no longer feature in her life, shows jealousy over Sheba's other friends, and , most mystifying, is keeping a detailed set of notes on the whole incident, complete with timeline...
Good entertainment, though I felt it fizzled out just a tad.
and is probably why i got this anyway
but glad i did
its an enjoyable unpredictable book because i goes from cute to kinda boring to intense to very scary very quickly hahah
its a good read
and what most people dont get , a psychological thriller of sorts too
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