Selected by the Modern Library as one of the best novels of all time 'Zuleika Dobson is a highly accomplished and superbly written book whose spirit is farcical,' said E.
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Customer Reviews. Average rating: 3. See all reviews. Write a review. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars, based on reviews. See more. Most helpful negative review. Average rating: 2 out of 5 stars, based on reviews. Zuleika Dobson is irresistible to young men. Something about her is captivating and utterly riveting.
A single look and they fall desperately in love with her. Zuleika, of course, cannot love any of them back--because they love and desire her so.
No, she can only give her heart to someone who doesn't love her. So, of course, the stage is set for tragedy when a stubborn university-attending Duke refuses to look at Zuleika, hence causing her to think she is distained and so she falls in love, but then he does look at her and does fall in love, and so she falls out of love once she learns this.
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This book was originally recommended as somehow being amusing and funny about the topic of mass suicide, which is an odd thing to try to make fun of. I would not say that review was correct. While the book has moments of wry amusement and convoluted logical twistings as can only be wrought by vain youth, it is in the end, a tragedy. The author was certainly well read and versed in many topics, as concepts and references are fluttered throughout the novel on every page, and the crux of the matter in the last few chapters is interesting, but overall it was a disappointing read.
I felt like it was a bit of a slog in the middle of the book, and actually put it down for some months, until I determined to finish it. PhileasHannay, June 13, Written by a customer while visiting librarything. Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews. Limelite, September 12, Sandydog1, May 23, Average rating: 3 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews. Bengan, December 20, See all 14 reviews. Ask a question.
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