The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

I really like this The Undomestic Goddess-though it is as predictable as it is possible for a book to be. Like a mystery or a romance, it is predictable in a good way. We start out with our hero, Samantha, not being able to sew on a button or cook anything beyond toast-and she is a bit iffy the toast.
But Samantha is a whiz bang lawyer who can do complex math problems in her head. She is about to be made Partner at Carter-Sphinx, when she finds a bit of paper buried under the mess on her desk-she has not done her job and her client is left fifty million pounds in debt.

Set in London and the English countryside, it is filled with charming and wonderful characters. Ditzy Neuvo Rich and down to earth Coutry Folk and our hero, the former lawyer, plopped down in the middle of it all when she is accidentally hired as a housekeeper. The stuff that situation comedy is made of.

There are tons of tense moments and oh I could never do that moments, and is there any doubt that Justice will be serviced? It almost feels like a screenplay-the sets and dialogue already to be reformatted and shipped off to Hollywood. The idea of London and Gloucestershire being coupled together is kind of fun.

I love the audio book version of Undomestic Goddess-I have a weakness for all those British accents and pronunciations. Simple things like a pruning shears being called secetars and more odd things like Aluminum not being pronounced a-lum-a-num, but being pronounced al-oo-MIN-ium. Kind of like calling the letter Z by a proper name-Zed. Or calling the trunk of a car the boot. All great stuff at any rate.

Katherine Kellgren does a great job of giving each character their own voice, with a vast world of British accents and dialects to delight the ear. From the strictly business London types to the country hick bartenders. There is something just fun about hearing all these odd little ticks of the English language.

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3 comments on “The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  1. A. says:

    Well, if you do like these “odd little ticks” of the English language (though I have to say it all seems perfectly normal to me) you should visit Relax Max at Britishspeak, or do you already know him? It’s a blog devoted to the differences, both cultural and lingual, between the UK and the USA. good fun!

  2. SASSY MAMA BEAR says:

    Kinsella has a talent for writing and I do enjoy her work, though it does tend to get predictable. I have heard they plan to make Confessions of a Shopaholic a movie.

  3. DESCARTES says:

    a.-Yes I stop by Britishspeak from time to time and see what’s on there. I must admit is all seems a bit normal to me as well, still funny though.
    Sassy Mama Bear-I think that would be a fun movie-I’ll have to look around and see what I can find out.

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