• Title: Pleasant Vices
  • Author: Judy Astley
  • ISBN: 9780552995658
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pleasant Vices The residents of the Close were much concerned with crime preventing it that is With all those out of work teenagers on the nearby council estate hanging around stealing joy riding and goodness kno
    The residents of the Close were much concerned with crime preventing it, that is With all those out of work teenagers on the nearby council estate hanging around, stealing, joy riding and goodness knows what else, it was just as well that Paul Mathieson was setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.Not that the inhabitants of the Close did not have their own little activiThe residents of the Close were much concerned with crime preventing it, that is With all those out of work teenagers on the nearby council estate hanging around, stealing, joy riding and goodness knows what else, it was just as well that Paul Mathieson was setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.Not that the inhabitants of the Close did not have their own little activities, of course, but these were hardly the same thing If Jenny and Alan s daughter was caught travelling on the underground without a ticket, and their son was doing a little experimenting with certain substances, and Laura didn t see the need to declare her earnings from hiring out her house to a film crew, and Jenny drove home only just over the legal limit well, these were quite different matters, not to be compared with what went on in the Estate And then there was Jenny s discovery, when she advertised flute lessons, that she could work up quite a nice little earner in a rather unexpected wayAs the leafy London street resounded to the efforts of its citizens to keep crime at bay, Jenny realised that it was her marriage, rather than her property, that needed watching.

    One Reply to “Pleasant Vices”

    1. I really liked Astley's 'Melanie Unchained' which is funny, sweet, and very entertaining. A shame then, that this novel lets itself down so quickly.The plot is slippery and nonsensical, with no resolution at the end, and there isn't a single likeable character in it. I finished the book, but it was an effort on my part.I recommend any other Astley book over this one.

    2. "The residents of the Close were much concerned with crime - preventing it, that is. With all those out-of-work teenagers on the nearby council estate hanging around, stealing, joy-riding and goodness knows what else, it was just as well that Paul Mathieson was setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme."This book made me laugh out loud a couple of times.

    3. Hmm well what's this book about? I mean, I've read it all right, but I just don't get it. It seems to be a chapter from someone's life, and a not very interestingly written one, at that.As the protagonist, Jenny says, it's cliche-ish. (She doesn't exactly put it like this, but I do.) Some points are unique and could be fun IF THERE WAS A PLOT for God's sake. But altogether the book is not funny, the characters are not funny, and if you take a train without a ticket, is it really a criminal offen [...]

    4. Not the sort of thing I normally read but was entertained from cover to cover.Set in an upper middle class cul-de-sac.Errant teenagers (are there any other sort?), a housewife's accidental venture into prostitution, snobby homeowners and a neighbourhood watch scheme combine to create confusion and community adventure.If the book tried to be a comedy it would fail. Instead it's a social drama which often manages to be funny.One statistic: manages more mentions of the word 'knickers' than any othe [...]

    5. I first read this just after it was published in 1995, and decided to re-visit it.The story was just as enjoyable 20 years later! It's an amusing satire on the foibles of (mainly) 'upper middle class' residents of an outer London cul de sac. Some of the antics these supposedly respectable people get up to, both shock and amuse! A great, easy read!

    6. I was not expecting much from it but it was surprisingly witty and insightful. Almost a parody of the pretensions of many middle-class neighborhoods and the values they hold dear. Made me chuckle more than a few times.

    7. Perhaps this is supposed to be humorous, but it didn't strike me as remotely funny. The book revolves around a strange family with a druggie son and over-sexed ten-year-old daughter. The parents are even worse I found the plot unbelievable and disgusting, and gave up after about five chapters.

    8. I have read the majority of Judy Astley's book and this is one that I think is the best. The are all good stories, well-written with a sense of humour, but this one kept me in stitches.

    9. Interesting tale about a middle aged housewife living in Suburbia and the characters who live on her close.

    10. This was mildly entertaining but not something which makes me want to go out and read any more of her books.

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