Come to the Edge

Come to the Edge #2020

Come to the Edge A narrator in retreat from suburban life a shambolic draughty farmhouse in a scenic valley A widowed survivalist called Cassandra White A banker a village full of empty second homes and scores of p
  • Title: Come to the Edge
  • Author: Joanna Kavenna
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A narrator in retreat from suburban life, a shambolic draughty farmhouse in a scenic valley A widowed survivalist called Cassandra White A banker, a village full of empty second homes, and scores of poor and elderly people with nowhere to go A crazy utopian scheme to reclaim the valley for the locals.
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    This is the lightest of Joanna Kavenna s four novels so far, but it still smuggles in some targeted satire and addresses very real issues with a Robin Hood like form of natural justice Its heroine Cassandra White is a brilliant creation.At first we seem to be in the same kind of territory as Cold Comfort Farm or to give a contemporary example Rachel Cusk s The Country Life The nameless narrator has just been abandoned by her husband in London for a younger woman, when she answers an advertiseme [...]

    4.5 Wow I seriously underestimated this novel Just because it has a comic tone that s very easy to read, and begins with the female first person narrator s husband leaving her whereupon she abandons her perfect consumer lifestyle and drone job with absurd lack of difficulty doesn t mean it s chicklit There is a strapping younger man who turns up later, but as a lust interest he s only relevant on about 5 pages out of 300 What this actually is, is a manic political satire The nameless narrator an [...]

    Brilliantly bonkers I have to admit, the idea of filling empty houses with well deserving citizens is appealing, especially in Auckland right now oh yeah, if you haven t heard we re in the middle of a housing crisis I just hope whatever solution is found here doesn t play out quite so dramatically as in Come to the Edge

    My original review booksbiscuitsandtea Come to the Edge for me was one of those books that you instantly fall in love with I was looking for a breezy, entertaining read the other day and thus I decided to pick it up, not having the faintest idea what to expect Well, here s what you can expect a quirky, sarcastic and hilarious duo, a most unusual plot and roaring with laughter at 1 a.m when everyone else is sleeping and even though you need to get up for work in 6 hours, you just shrug and keep r [...]

    Cassandra White, you are amazing What I wouldn t give to be your friend, you crazy bitch.It all starts when the useless husband of the unknown narrator cheats on her and she has to find something else to fill her life with other than pretty furniture from Ikea She happens to answer an advertisement to help out a widow at her farm and ends up in hell where every day goes something like this I go outside again and as if nature is avenging the death of an innocent if foolish beetle it pisses rain o [...]

    I had quite literally just read Cold Comfort Farm and my goodness the timing of this book coming into my life could not have been perfect Imagine Cold Comfort Farm, being a satirical pastoral novel, and mix it with Where d You Go, Bernadette, with it s zany leading lady and you have Come to the Edge, a wonderful dark comedy by Joanna Kavenna I had such a good time reading this book and found myself laughing in delight at many of the unnamed narrators observations and thoughts Also, I kinda wann [...]

    I have to admit this is not the type style of book I usually read I m an historical fiction, historical fact type of reader.I browsed this book in my local library and something about the summary drew me in A perfect easy read for my impending holiday I thought and so it turned out to be.The writing style and characterisation of the main protagonists made the pages fly by and I have to say the main plot hit a chord with me.As someone who grew up in North Wales in the 1970 s where holiday homes w [...]

    When the narrator s placid, materialistic suburban life is shattered by her husband trading her in for a new and improved model, she throws her habitual caution to the wind and answers an ad widow seeks companion for help around the farm.She arrives expecting a bucolic farm holiday spent with a sweet old lady in a cardigan only to find out the widow is a 6 foot tall, fiery red headed warrior goddess with revolution on her mind The widow warrior doesn t believe in government, state education, pri [...]

    4 5Me ha gustado incluso m s de lo que esperaba Empec sin expectativas, porque no hab a le do ni una sola rese a sobre este libro ni sobre ning n otro libro de la autora Desde el primer momento me consigui atrapar la prosa y la protagonista He conectado m s con la coprotagonista, Cassandra, la propietaria de la granja,que con la protagonista porque es un personaje que me ha ENCANTADO su forma tan exc ntrica de ser, sus comentarios, sus ideales, su modo de vida vaya, una t a rara de los pies a la [...]

    Woman s husband cheats and leaves her Woman abandons her life of bourgeois striving and late capitalist plenitude for hard work and simple living in the country Then woman and her survivalist frenemy undertake a scheme to resettle the local elderly and or poor population into un lived in second homes Oldest story in the world, right I found the narrator of Come to the Edge weirdly relatable As someone who once left a museum in Vienna feeling huffy about the Habsburgs collection of silver, I unde [...]

    Summary Of The Story BEWARE THE THUNDERBOX In Come To The Edge we follow an unnamed woman who up until her husband left her had been happy in their perfected but perverted way of life She had it all, a nice house, kitchen appliances, an office job, a TV and even a bath But when her other half leaves her for a younger women as she apparently cannot bear children for him, the narrator of this story answers a wanted ad to help a Cassandra White on her farm and takes her leave up to the north of Eng [...]

    I bought this book on an impulse, and because I ve used Appolinaires quote many times in my professional career, because people are so afraid of risk taking.This book certainly addresses the big issues such as risk taking, the meaning of self, other, and how one defines these concepts, finds personal meaning or not in them and then finds a way to integrate these aspects of self and live authentically All set in a world that is riven with iniquity at all levels financial,social, psychological and [...]

    A female Jack Parlabane from any of the Brookmyre novels meets A female Blott from Tom Sharpe in a completely insane version of Cold Comfort Farm There is no point in trying to explain the relentless remorselessness of the plot especially as it would spoil your fun reading this book Just think of Margo Channing in All about Eve fasten your seatbelts, it s going to be a bumpy ride.

    I loved the first half of it but then it kind of disintegrated into too much absurdity The character of Cassandra was a little too unlikeable But then again there are women like her around totally stark raving bonkers And it did make me think about complacency.

    Boring, boring, boring.I have no idea why I read the whole thing Maybe beacause I paid for it.But I m selling the book as fast as I can.

    Our narrator has thrown up her entire world to go live in the country with a widow who needs a bit of help Help is not what she needs Cassandra is a warrior woman who rejects all of society s material things and social ideas to live in a tumbling down house with no electricity or running water or in floor heating So basic she uses a thunderbox look it up The narrator mourns the loss of all her comforts and beautiful things and aspirations, but still she stays mucking out filthy barns and paddock [...]

    Cassandra White is going to be me in 20 odd years Come to the Edge took me a little bit to get into The narrator was a little too unlikable for me at the beginning, and the writing style was something I had to get used to That being said, once I hit the pace, I fell into this book It s incredibly compelling, and so relevant This book came out in 2012 and is set in the UK countryside, but it could just as easily be set in 2017 downtown Vancouver, or any other town suffering under a housing crisis [...]

    I was hesitant at first, since there is a recommendation from the Daily Mail on the front cover The book only cost 1 though, and sounded interesting, so I picked it up anyway I m glad it was actually really funny, and absolutely mad but quite thought inducing I say inducing, and not provoking, because it hasn t raised any ideas I didn t already have, but it brought them back to the forefront of my mind It is the sort of book I haven t encountered before, and would like to see of Funny surreal r [...]

    I liked the way this was written, it was funny and lighthearted but with an increasing sense of doom Nice unexpected ending.

    The novel is about a women who has lived a mediocre, comfortable, middle class life but when she receives some bad news she denounces her old life and goes to live with a widow in rural England who lives a far tural life to say the least.I was really looking forward to reading this book, I love satire, especially British satire This was also a book that I had picked up in an Oxfam shop based completely based on its cover and it had been on my bookshelf for over a year now For about 120 pages, I [...]

    I didn t know what to expect from this book I went in to it completely open minded and not knowing much I m glad because after reading the synopsis I realise it doesn t do much for this book.The first 100 pages or so was very enjoyable, I was laughing out loud now and again at Cassandra s crazy ness and at the narrator After that, it went a little downhill It was all very crazy and dramatic and I didn t really know what was happening I think the whole thing about the empty houses and the pervert [...]

    Our heroine is an unlikely and unknowing accomplice to a revolt Quitting her job and getting out of a relationship, our heroine embarked on a journey to discover or to lose herself Answering an ad looking for a helping hand in a farm, she found herself in a little village set within Lake District As she was trying to get used to the hardship, she was also getting to know her employer, Cassandra White, a modern day hippie with a soul of a rebel What started as a project to house the poor, the hom [...]

    Not my usual cup of tea, i wouldn t have picked it out, however i won it of first reads and thought i d give it a go.I was laughing in the first few pages, it s a hard sell because it doesn t really sell itself but it is an original jem of a book.It all comes across as a 2 finger salute from the working class to the rich upper class.It s got eccentric characters, a rural feel yet because of the way it s written, smothered with satire, it never gets boring.Well worth a read if you want something [...]

    Wonderful book Set in England s Lake District, it is narrated by a woman who has separated from her husband and who answers an advertisement to act as a companion for another woman living in the Duddon valley who has very decided views about the modern world, contrary to most of received opinions and views The story basically tells of the take over of a large number of unoccupied second homes which are given to deserving locals of course, it all ends unhappily Much of the story is told by the se [...]

    i really appreciate u westerner who are willing to spend a lot of time writing a book review contains several thousand words It is my first review so please forgive my grammatical mistakes One star is the least score we can give I give it one just because some ideas in this books echo mines Organic farming, rural lives, anti rich people, anti chemicals The sex scenes are mainly for commercial needs but nothing And the nook is quite short.

    And on those days I stop typing, Dear Mr Bellow, We would like to offer you an altogether better deal on your life insurance and instead I typeEverything will burn and the rich will find their houses burnedAnd the land will be oursWe will be freeThe houses will burn the fat fucker houses with their mahogany tallboys and their rosewood serpentine desks and Mr Sooke will lie snivelling in is cellAnd we will take back everythingAnd one day we will rise again

    Struggling with how to rate this book I really wanted to like it, and I really did, for a while It was a breeze to read I loved its irreverence, wit, and the sharpness of the critique of consumerist culture But I wasn t always sure I liked the style of Kavenna s prose And ultimately the novel felt too light, too thin as if it could have, and should have, been so much I was left feeling slightly confused and disappointed.

    This book sends you right off the edge You d go bat crazy, it s a what are you trying to do trying to brainwash me sort of book If it referring to the book is a piece of artwork, it is an abstract one It was hilarious at first, than it got rather tedious An insane book for the insane mind By gosh, I sound like a character in the book It is written poetry style yet, there is a journalist s QA expertise in various parts of the book.

    This book sends you right off the edge You d go bat crazy, it s a what are you trying to do trying to brainwash me sort of book If it referring to the book is a piece of artwork, it is an abstract one It was hilarious at first, than it got rather tedious An insane book for the insane mind By gosh, I sound like a character in the book It is written in a poetry style yet, there is a journalist s QA expertise in various parts of the book.

    Joanna Kavenna has written a wonderful romp of a tale, everything taken to extremes It s a brilliant comedy, laced with all the daunting issues of our time.The characters are highly visible We might easily recognise them It s clear from the start where this story is going, so the reader is engrossed with the question of how does it arrive at that outcome and that is precisely the protagonist s agonising issue.It s hilarious, and quite serious, as all good comedy can be.

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