Oh Dear Silvia

Oh Dear Silvia

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants, until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062271815
0062271814
Branch Call Number: FICTION French 2013
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm

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pozrob
Nov 03, 2017

This is exactly the novel I would expect from one of Britcom's royalty. A book about a serious subject matter with just enough comic relief to find yourself laughing out loud. However, I don't know what compels a writer to feel the need to phonetically lay out on the page, word for word, syllable by syllable, a foreign or regional accent. In this case, a Jamaican nurse and an Indonesian housekeeper. We get the gist. Makes the reading a little tedious. Having said that, I would still recommend this book.

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madd1
Oct 26, 2017

I learned so much about Silvia and she never spoke. The important people in her life give such a good description of their feelings towards her. It really showed how we each can have our actions misunderstood. I definitely would recommend this book.

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Kimkhb
Jul 03, 2014

A beautifully written story about family, death, craziness. I was surprised at how good a writer Dawn French is, though I shouldn't have been, given the brilliance of her comedic talents.

This book made howl with laughter and weep deeply.

Highly highly recommend.

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LDZ2
Jun 05, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. It bounced from narrator to narrator, each revealing a little bit more about Silvia and at times allowing the reader to connect the dots. There are some truly funny scenes as well, that only Dawn French could come up with. Overall, the book was much more serious that I thought it would be.

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