Book Reviews of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift - Vintage Contemporaries
Author: Elinor Lipman
ISBN-13: 9780375724596
ISBN-10: 0375724591
Publication Date: 4/13/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Elinor Lipman is my new favorite author. She writes the most enjoyable, fun books. She is a master at dialogue.
This is another great story filled with quirky, loveable characters. Quick to read- excellent.
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Every once in a while it's fun to read a book like this -- a book that's clever and entertaining and doesn't take much concentration. I've never read anything buy Elinor Lipman before but I'll keep her on my "authors to read" list because I have a feeling her other books will be clever and entertaining as well. The characters in this somewhat fluffy little novel (should I dare to call it "chick lit") are engaging and quirky -- even poor Alice Thrift herself who could be a poster child for a brainy female nerd, completely clue-less about just about everything that has to do with getting along with people. The plot itself seemed just a tad improbably to me - but who cares with this kind of a book? It was interesting enough to keep me reading, especially since it didn't take that long to get to the end. All along I had my suspicions about that sleezy character, Ray. And so I wasn't surprised when he ended up being such a jerk!
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Another great Elinor Lipman book.
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easy, fun read
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A fun comic novel. Alice is a very unique character, a caricature of the goody two-shoes, wallflower, nerd. I didn't like her but I appreciated what Lipman was trying to do with her.
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A very funny novel about a workaholic intern with no private life who is pursued by a former patient, who isn't quite all he seems.
Quirky characters, fascinating characters, disillusionment, romance, Lipman puts it all in all of her novels. I've loved every one I've read.
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Funny book in a cute sort of way.
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This author has a wonderful ability to draw up characters you will love to hate and grow to love. I enjoyed this book.
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Fun quick read.
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An okay, but oh-so-obvious story of an unrealistically naive woman.
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fun read not her best
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Funny story and well worth reading. I enjoyed it immensely. Elinor Lipman has become one of my favorite authors.
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"A witty, satirical novel rich in wry, observant narrative reminiscent of Jane Austen's deceptively benign satiric genius." SF Chronicle

Meet Alice Thrift, surgical intern at a Boston hospital, high of IQ but low in social graces. She doesn't mean to be acerbic, clinical or blunt, but where was she the day they taught Bedside Manner 101? Into Alice's workaholic and wallflower life comes Ray Russo, a slick travling fudge salesman in search of a nose job and well-heeled companionship, but not necessarily in that order. Is he a con man or a sincere suitor? Godd guy or bad? Alice's parents, roommate, and best friend Sylvie are appalled at her choice of mate. Despite her doubts, Alice finds herself walking down the aisle, not so much won over as worn down. Will their marriage last the honeymoon? Only if Alice's best instincts can triumph over Ray's unsavory ways.
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this is an advance copy that I bought at a library sale