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by Gigi Levangie Grazer

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ISBN: 0743253280
ISBN13: 978-0743253284
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Gigi Levangie Grazer
Language: English
Publisher: Simon and Schuster; First Soft Cover Edition edition (2003)
ePUB size: 1932 kb
FB2 size: 1276 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 104
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Hoolywood and Los Angeles entirely contemplated from a woman's point of view, and not any woman, but a young woman who wants to marry a rich man. Her theory about that manhunt, her practice of that sport, her prey and her hunting technique that leads her to a quick marriage and a quick pregnancy. Unluckily she did not check who the man really was and accepted who he was supposed to be. Of course he is not who he is supposed to be and this leads to a tremendous imbroglio. The book is funny, extremely funny and positively optimistic. The author does believe in love and does believe love can survive any small or big detail that may be thought as capable of pooping the party. In other words, this book is not - and it does not pretend to be - very deep about women or Los Angeles. It is a vivid and dynamic picture of the scene and the action that takes place on that scene, or shouldn't I say that stage. Entertaining and relaxing.
I just received this book a couple of weeks ago. I have not yet read it, and therefore cannot give it a review. However, it was highly recommended to me by two co-workers. Other than that, I did receive my product in a timely manner, which is very important to me. This was my first time to do business with Amazon, and it was a pleasant experience.
This is the best book that I have read in quite some time-A hilarious tale of what happens when a scheming, conniving, manipulative antiheroine gets outschemed, connived, and manipulated. While it is "chick lit" it is written as such with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.The story starts with getting the reader in a Love to Hate mode with Clarrissa, the spoiled, do-less, annoying antiheroine who must, MUST find a husband by year end. This is a woman who rates a dead JFK JR as an 8 of 10 on the difficulty scale of nailing (nothing is impossible, after all). Luck would have it that there is fresh meat in town, a wanna be producer/screenwriter with tons of cash and (natch!) a surely to be confidence draining handicap that makes him ripe for Clarissa's pickings. With the help of her "frenemies" (aka the "star chamber) Clarrissa starts planning the wedding, the reception, the bridesmaids gowns, ignorning the small fact that a proposal-let alone a date with the bridegroom-has yet to happen.

However, Grazer's writing then turns to the "where there's a will, there is a way" to make Clarissa possibly admirable, if not loveable, particularly when the plan starts to go awry as the reader becomes aware the the fox has been outsmarted in one of the most delicious plot twists ever! All this and more entertainment with her eating-disorder mother, who is still dating clarissa's father(her parents are divorced), a felon with a penchant for shady deals and international internet dating; her four frienemies of the star chamber, each a distinct piece of work in her own right; her ex-boyfriend, a beautiful, fashionable self centered urban male (we all know that one), and the bridegrooms parents-or are they?

This is a great beach book, I laughed out loud and re-read it many times. Thanks Gigi-this was the best!
I am coming to you today as an unofficial "foreign correspondent." At least, this is how Clarissa Alpert would describe me. Alpert, the heroine (?) of Gigi Levangie Grazer's new satire on life in contemporary Los Angeles, thinks of everyone who lives in between New York and California as a foreigner. She has definite opinions on many important issues: food (good), sex (good), shopping (good), work (bad). She is 28 (well, actually 31, but that's her not-so-little secret) and has been supported all her life by her father. After sleeping "her way, without mercy, regret, mourning, or conscience, through Greater Los Angeles," Clarissa is ready to settle down and get married.
A wedding is no problem for dear Clarissa --- she has been maintaining a wedding binder for years, complete with the best caterers, hotels and florists. She, who routinely lies about her "age, religion, mating habits, hair color, plastic surgeries, level of education, her mother's nose job, her upbringing, her downfall, her rehab stay(s)," has planned the date of the wedding, the bridesmaids and the reception menu. She also has the groom all lined up, but the trouble is, she hasn't met him yet. She has chosen young Aaron Mason, creative screenwriter and scion of a wealthy Southern (foreign) family; this is after she crosses off her list Bruce Springsteen ("too old, married, children [ugh]"), Ted Field ("rich, heir, ext. rich, likes tall, skinny beautiful blondes. Who are 18. Who have proof of being 18."), and John F. Kennedy, Jr. ("rich, good family, married, dead.")
At first glance, Clarissa seems slightly sociopathic, albeit with a sharp sense of fashion and an even sharper sense of humor. Grazer wisely never allows her to become too disgusting; Clarissa always retains a hint of likeability. She struggles with her weight, friends and parents; her mother is an anorexic Bolivian Jew who causes Clarissa no end of consternation. Her mother is one to order a "beet and goat cheese salad, with no onions, no goat cheese, no dressing, and no beets." Through a carefully choreographed chance encounter, Clarissa does manage to meet, court and marry the debonair Mr. Mason with the help of her clique of girlfriends nicknamed the Star Chamber. Clarissa and her cohorts are bitingly funny, if a bit stereotypic. There's the good time girl, the warm and fuzzy soft heart, a hypochondriac, and the obligatory friend who everyone hates. Grazer's sharp wit is evident throughout the book. At one point she refers to the "silcone '90s," which is either a very funny pun or sloppy editing, take your pick.
About halfway into the book, the tone shifts and becomes less satiric and less successful. Grazer aims for a comedy of errors, but comes up with a third-rate situation comedy. Clarissa becomes pregnant and surprise, surprise, finds out that Aaron is not exactly whom she bargained for. She dumps him, he dumps her, it's on-again, off-again. She meets his parents. She knows they're rich because their house has "iron gates that belong, like, outside the Kremlin or something and a sign on the iron gates stating a clever name. Only the stinking rich name their houses." There's a shooting, a birth, a meditation retreat nicknamed "silent camp" and enough Hollywood hijinks to make your head spin. Oddly, Grazer even tries to wring tears out of the audience with a weird and completely unnecessary death.
If you're looking for a few hours of diversion while you loll poolside, a fruity umbrella drink in hand, MANEATER is the book for you. It's a soft-core satire of chick lit that briefly transcends its genre. It's just about as frothy as a Starbucks cappuccino so joyfully swilled by Clarissa and her friends.
--- Reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran