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  • By geoffrey.paulusz
    Dec 17, 2008
    "Fighting the Odds by Therese Liegnel" This is a thoroughly good read – pacey, involving, touching, and with a whole series of hooks to get you turning the pages. I found it difficult to put down, and so did everyone else I know who has read it. There are no wasted words so that the story emerges concentrated and distilled with a strong vivid impact. The author recounts her experiences of arriving in London in the seventies with only a few pounds in her pocket, and how she overcame the odds stacked against her. It has a happy ending – although in a somewhat unexpected way – and even the few bitter remarks are humorous, and you feel confident the author will always manage to survive. The story is told through a series of vividly remembered scenes which string together to form the narrative - like flashbulbs going off and etching every detail, in the same way our own memories work. The scenes are made more real and – if you remember the music more poignant too – by the... More > quotations of scraps of pop songs which were popular at the time. And even if you don’t remember them – or perhaps never really listened to the words – its another trick to make the scenes come alive because we all know the power of music, pervasive and not really heard, to bring back the past. Above all this is an honest book – there is no posturing or attempt to impress or create an impression – just a very powerful picture of life as was for one person, which can't fail to leave you wishing it would go on for another chapter. Very highly recommended.< Less
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Therese Leignel
September 5, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.56 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.5 wide x 7.5 tall
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