Crazy Paving

Crazy Paving Against a rising tide of commuter mayhem three women join the daily struggle in to work Caught up in the chaos on the streets and in the equally savage battle surrounding their boss s extortion racke

  • Title: Crazy Paving
  • Author: Louise Doughty
  • ISBN: 9780671718800
  • Page: 474
  • Format: None
  • Against a rising tide of commuter mayhem, three women join the daily struggle in to work Caught up in the chaos on the streets and in the equally savage battle surrounding their boss s extortion racket Annette, Joan and Helly are forced to ditch everything for an offensive of their own, only to find the cruellest circumstances can make heroines of us all Like most ofAgainst a rising tide of commuter mayhem, three women join the daily struggle in to work Caught up in the chaos on the streets and in the equally savage battle surrounding their boss s extortion racket Annette, Joan and Helly are forced to ditch everything for an offensive of their own, only to find the cruellest circumstances can make heroines of us all Like most offices, theirs is full of intrigue, sexual desire and blackmail and everybody thinks it is somebody else s turn to make the coffee Crazy Paving is the brilliantly original first novel from journalist and ex secretary Louise Doughty, full of sparkling wit and extraordinary insight along with some humour of the very blackest kind.

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    1. This novel suffers from a terrible title -- one of the worst titles ever, in fact. (According to , "Crazy paving is a means of hard-surfacing used outdoors, most frequently in gardens. Paving stones of irregular size and shape are laid in a haphazard manner sometimes with mortar filling the gaps between.") What does this have to do with a novel about a group of office mates whose lives are affected by the London subway bombings? I suppose it's a metaphor, but the fact that the Crazy Paving produ [...]

    2. I thought it was extremely satisfying. Crazy paving is not crazy if it has a pattern. If I had written it myself I would have been laughing and grinning as I wrote down some of the naughter bits, and planning when I could get some more in. It's a lesson in knowing people. Helly's bound for disaster, a deprived uneducated slut and slag. What? No she has courage, maturity, brains and enterprise. And it works. The friends have the same progression. A nice trajectory towards a satisfactory close.

    3. Louise Doughty's debut novel about the interaction of people who work in the same office against a backdrop of IRA bombing in London. Not sure if I liked it or not, but it was very well written, with subtle black humour. The way the characters interacted was also very clever. There was just something about it that didnt convince me!!

    4. The story dragged in parts, the characters were believable and well written. Some descriptions made me laugh out loud.

    5. This is L. Doughty's first book, published in 1995. And it's not a stunning debut. It's decent and awkward, flat and somewhat directionless. However, as I read it, I very clearly saw the beginnings of L. Doughty that readers know today - amazing eye for details, sharp and pertinent humorous / ironic episodes, ups and downs that make the reader hold his/ her breath and race along. L. Doughty is a master of human relationships, even in this first book. I kept reading because of the characters and [...]

    6. This is on my list of books I read. I can't remember anything about it - not a good basis for receommendation. I can only sum this book up as unmemorable !

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