The Ladies' Man

The Ladies Man A straight talking comic novel with a silver tongued anti hero The re appearance of Nash Harvey on the doorstep of the Dobbin sisters attractive red headed spinsters Kathleen Adele and Lois thirty ye
  • Title: The Ladies' Man
  • Author: Elinor Lipman
  • ISBN: 9781841151397
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • A straight talking comic novel with a silver tongued anti hero The re appearance of Nash Harvey on the doorstep of the Dobbin sisters attractive red headed spinsters Kathleen, Adele and Lois thirty years after he deserted Adele on the evening of their engagement party, is the opening of this superb romantic comedy Debonair and pathologically unreliable, Nash is aboA straight talking comic novel with a silver tongued anti hero The re appearance of Nash Harvey on the doorstep of the Dobbin sisters attractive red headed spinsters Kathleen, Adele and Lois thirty years after he deserted Adele on the evening of their engagement party, is the opening of this superb romantic comedy Debonair and pathologically unreliable, Nash is about to discover that scorned women do not make gracious hostesses It s not just Adele who s upset by this incorrigible ladies man Lois the only sister who ever married, to a man she swiftly divorced after finding out his penchant for women s clothes has always had a crush on Nash And could it be coincidence that Kathleen finds herself propelled, after all these single years, into the arms of Lorenz, the doorman of the building where she runs a lingerie store Full of wit, mischief and elegance, The Ladies Man is the work of a brilliant comic novelist.
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    1. Elinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001 Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was adapted for the screen, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick Her fourth novel, The Inn at Lake Devine was adapted for the off off Broadway stage by Tongue in Cheek Theater In 2011 2012, she held the Elizabeth Drew chair in creative writing at Smith College.

    2. Intriguing, light story about three sisters in their forties and fifties finally coming to terms with their single state and finding men The central character is Harvey Nash, a pathetic boy child who coasts through life on his good looks, never really maturing, endlessly repeating mistakes of the past There are some weighty themes here but they re encased in a sitcom like jokiness that at times works and at other times doesn t Still, this was an entertaining and well crafted read.

    3. Ugh I did not really like anything about this book Not the characters, not the way it ended Thank goodness it was short because even when I don t like a book, I have a need to finish it and see how it ends This one almost felt like she just stopped writing when she hit 200 pages Couldn t wait to move on to a new book.

    4. I enjoyed the heck out of this fun romantic comedy In the hands of another writer it could turn sour or saccharine but Lippmann writes with the perfect amount of insight, humor, and good heartedness.

    5. I picked this up used after having seen the film adaptation of another book by Lipman called Then She Found Me which I d really enjoyed Faithful to the cover of this novel it really tries for a classic old fashioned Hollywood romantic screwball comedy with witty banter characters, but everything just falls flat There is a jolt of modern sexuality that plays in once in a while but the effect just comes off as crassness that doesn t jibe with the general tone The threadbare plot involves the effec [...]

    6. This really isn t my usual type of book, but I rescued it from my sister s bookshelf I was quite glad that I did.The story is about the three Dobbin sisters, their brother and the return into their lives of Nash Harvey, the man who jilted Adele Dobbin many years ago Nash is the ladies man of the title, stringing on a number of women as he uses the excuse of catching up with Adele to escape a failing career and relationship.This was funny, very different, and although not the out and out happy en [...]

    7. Not my type of book Silly, waste of time Not entertaining and I didn t learn anything from it It was on my bookshelf and I read it I ll personally avoid this author, not because she s a bad author but I just don t like silly books.

    8. In the I just want to be entertained category And, really, what is wrong with that Sometimes Put this in a stack that includes Diane Johnson and Cathleen Shine Summer is just around the corner.

    9. Not her best book I didn t like all the characters, and it wasn t as humorous as her best works I still think The Family Man was by far her best book I m rather sad that it s the first one I read, and the rest haven t quite measured up.

    10. I just have so many questions after I finished this book I really enjoy her writing style but this story had too many loose ends and underdeveloped stories What happened to all the sisters The brother Dina I feel like it just endedh disappointed.

    11. Delightful The characters were wonderful and surprising This is how a romantic comedy should be written

    12. Nash Harvey Harvey Nash is despicable and never gets what s coming to him, but everyone around him gets better when they get him out of their lives.

    13. Three past 40 sisters no, it is not Chekov live together in Boston, not having a very good time, when woman chasing jingle writer returns to try to make amends for his oh so bad deed of having abandoned Sister 1 Naturally, there are other women in the mix, also comically betrayed by this ladies man The joke of the man child wears thin quickly, and while the author writes well, the sisters were too broadly drawn to be of much interest.

    14. Lipman is a very funny and capable writer so I feel bad giving this only 2 stars, but the plot does not gel, making even a short book seem long Nash Harvey is a classic cad, incapable of telling the truth for even a second when faced with the prospect of seducing an attractive woman Thirty years after ditching his fiance, Adele Dobbin, at a swanky engagement party in Boston, he reappears on the scene, claiming he wants to apologize This isn t consistent with a character who is as much as a randy [...]

    15. 3.5 We ve all known a person like Harvey Nash, Ladies Man, haven t we Glib, attractive, manipulative, scheming, reinventing himself as needed, charming in a store bought way, a user of other people, heaped with chutzpah, assuming he is always welcome and ignoring any signs to the contrary, full of excuses, and buoyantly guilt free, like an adorable puppy that craps on your carpet, then races over tail wagging to lick your face These folks outrage us while also befuddling us with their repeated s [...]

    16. What a horrible book Forced myself to finish it It probably deserves only one star, but I m being kind today Basically this story focuses on incredibly unlikeable people with few redeeming qualities All of the women are pushovers who cannot say no when forced into uncomfortable situations and then they are miserable over the poor choices they ve made Oh, but when it comes to being in an actual relationship, suddenly they have pride and end things over silly reasons I guess we re supposed to feel [...]

    17. The Ladies Man by Elinor Lipman is the story of Harvey Nash, a ne er do well of the first order Harvey has cut a wide swath through the hearts of the Dobbins sisters, he could pretty well persuade a woman to give up on men altogether Thirty years ago he jilted Adele Dobbin, now he is back, ostensibly to apologize but Adele does not believe him for a New York minute smart girl Lois Dobbin erroneously believes Harvey took off because of his deep feeling for her, a misconception he does not disabus [...]

    18. At first glance, this book seems a bit formulaic long lost love returns to apologize and heroine must decide what to do But Lipman does a wonderful job of keeping me guessing as the path of the novel strays here, there and everywhere except the path I expected This was the usual fun Lipman book with intelligent people involved in relationships with eccentric parents, lovers, children, etc In this case a divorced man who, for two delightful years had been the father of his wife s toddler, reconne [...]

    19. My least favorite of the 4 Elinor Lipman books I ve read so far Practically all of the characters do things I just do not find very credible, including the ease with which they fall into bed with people during the book, although all of the women, at least, seem to imply this is not their normal modus operandi Also, I do not find the way Nate moves in to spend the night very credible this seems to be a Lipman trope, though, since she does it again the The View from Penthouse B, when a middle aged [...]

    20. I am a great lover of Elinor Lipman s novels, I am devastated I have just one left unread This one did not disappoint I love that she comes up with these hilarious amusing off the wall scenarios, with quirky characters that manage to completely move you I am constantly laughing and drawn in, all at once Favorite moment of The Ladies Man, I can always tell when I laugh out loud, is when Nash leaves the apartment with the casserole and runs into Kathleen and begins to flirt Loved it I rented The C [...]

    21. I really liked this book The story is about three sisters living in Boston The are all attractive single women and they share an apartment There is also a brother, who is single and involved in their lives.Back in the late sixties the older sister

    22. Shades of Jane Austen three spinsters and a cad, except with the twist of being in middle age Harvey Nash left the oldest sister, Adele, in the lurch at their engagement party and split for the coast He reinvented himself as Nash Harvey and ended up a jingle writer after failing to break into movies Prompted by curiosity and dissatisfaction with his current live in girlfriend, he returns to Boston with the vague idea of apologizing to Adele but, as usual, gets sidetracked by any attractive woman [...]

    23. Harvey Nash returns 30 years later to see the fiance he never married he didn t even show up for the engagement party The bride to be, Adele, lives with her two other sisters None of them ever married, Nash or the sisters He still has a roving eye and uses pure charm, albeit lies, and the fact that he is a deposed jingle writer to attract the attention of females They soon become sorry Read by Beth Fowler The reading was enjoyable The book was annoying Noone learned anything or grew Nash didn t [...]

    24. I always like Lipman and found this to be an entertaining, light, fast read with a serious undertone as in most of Lipman s work But a major plot point failed Harvey Nash restyled in LA as Nash Harvey left his finance in Boston, ending their engagement with no explanation in 1967 Thirty years later, she and her three sisters are left unmarried and near or literal virgins, living together in a emotional incest from which only their romantically uncommitted brother has escaped Is this possible Of [...]

    25. Ich muss gestehen, dass ich mich zun chst mit diesem Buch etwas schwer getan habe Das lag vor allem daran, dass es vielleicht nicht die typische Story ist, die ich sonst bevorzuge Und dennoch je mehr ich mich in diese Geschichte eingelesen habe, desto mehr hat sie mich am siert und gefesselt Dieser Roman war eine kleine positive berraschung, zu der ich jeden Abend zum Schlafengehen immer wieder gegriffen habe und feststellen musste so bl d und arrogant einem dieser Harvey Nash auch vorkommt, so [...]

    26. I picked it up in the quarter bin at the library It was a good time killer kind of book but nothing to be excited over I believe I will just as soon forget that I read it I liked the characters, just didn t feel satisfied with the story The end felt like a bad sitcom that was cancelled and never concluded, leaving me in the dust of disappointment Her writing style is good, just not entertaining I will not recommend The only reason I gave it two stars is because I didn t hate it, and I understand [...]

    27. Story of three sisters who have been unlucky in love When the man who ran out on the oldest sister on the night of their engagement party at a fancy hotel shows up unexpectedly many, many years later no one wants anything to do with him except the middle sister She seems to be making a play for him, but he s not interested Besides, he s too busy distracted by every other female that crosses his path This guy is still the same untrustworthy jerk that he was when he bolted for the west coast decad [...]

    28. The story of a man who left a woman not at the altar, but at the engagement party thirty years ago leads to an introduction to many interesting characters three unmarried sisters in their forties who live together, an unmarried refloxologist with a yearning to have a baby, an unmarried financial advisor with a soft heart, a sheriff s deputy who serves court papers when not looking after his unmarried sisters, a gallant doorman, and several others This story shows how some people can make a major [...]

    29. At first glance, this book seems a bit formulaic long lost love returns to apologize and heroine must decide what to do But Lipman does a wonderful job of keeping me guessing as the path of the novel strays here, there and everywhere except the path I expected Sometimes it s a bit contrived, but mostly it s entertaining, realistic, and enjoyable Some of the characters those perhaps Lipman deems unsympathetic are drawn stereotypically, which detracts a bit from the fun of the main plot and some o [...]

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