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Portobello

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Rendell Does It Again...

    I'm still amazed that this author can keep writing such great stories after so many years. Well, she does it again with Portobello. In classic Rendell style, she manages to create great characters with their usual psychological quirks and flaws and then once again link them together for a great ending.

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

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    Possibly Rendell's funniest book

    There's only one normal person in this book, Dr. Ella Cotswold. Her fiance, Eugene, has a truly ridiculous obsession that takes over his life. Her patient, Joel, becomes more and more delusional and finally completely loses contact with reality. And a character who is peripheral to Ella, Lance, is an amoral dumb_ss. His uncle Gib is a particularly amusing religious fanatic. I'm not just being snarky about religion, either; read the book and you'll see what I mean, and you'll LOL yourself. Another interesting character is Lance's erstwhile girlfriend, Gemma. I'm not sure how I feel about Gemma. She has terrible taste in men, and by the end of the book, it looks like she's not putting up with any more nonsense; but I'm not optimistic about that lasting. Then again, I see women in bad relationships in my work, and I have yet to see a happy ending - abusers almost never change. I'd say "never", but you know, never say never. I suppose it's possible. I would like Gemma if I didn't have to worry about her. Then I remember she's a fictional character, and laugh at myself. The whole book is deliciously funny and everything falls neatly into place in the end. A masterpiece.

    By the way, "Portobello" is a street in London where supposedly you can buy just about anything. When I was in London, I liked Oxford Street for that reason; if I get a chance to go back, I'll have to check out the Portobello road. "Portobello Belle" is also the title of a Dire Straits song, if anybody cares.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Portobello is a Dickensian charmer.

    Did Rendell consciously channel Charles Dickens in this serpentine walk through Notting Hill? "Portobello" has it all: strange characters, evocative names, a turbulent London setting, coincidences, madness, crime, the rich, the poor, obsession, secrets, and even the scene at the end wherein the author tells of the ultimate fate of the principals. A very entertaining novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    A gift

    I purchased this as a gift and I'm sure it will be enjoyed.

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