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The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon-A Book Review

In Books on April 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Fay Weldon’s 1983 novel has now been released by Open Road Media as an ebook and the novel has remained current enough to suit this new technology. Anyone who had watched the 1986 movie ‘She Devil’ (there was also a BBC miniseries in 1986) will find the novel The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil quite a bit more devilish and sinister.

The main premise remains the same, Ruth, an unattractive, clumsy, housewife who puts her all into her homemaking and husband Bobbo’s happiness is still unable to please him. She is cast aside for Mary Fisher, dainty, pretty, childless and wealthy romance novelist- the opposite of Ruth in every way. Ruth’s humiliation turns to anger and the drive for revenge turns bizarre as Ruth conducts a Frankensteinesque transformation of herself that she believes will ensure she is never hurt or humiliated again.

The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil is a little naughty, a bit dark and crazy and funny too but also provocative in it’s message of a woman’s value, of the betrayal of a wife for a ‘better model’ and the importance of beauty in our society is still present today- maybe even more so than it was when the novel was published.

Find out more or buy the book at
Open Road Media

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