Foreign Affairs

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 06-18-12

An old favourite

I read this book and all AL's books when I was teenager and in my 20s - some time ago! Sometimes old favourites don't stand the test of time but this one did. The narration is clipped and sharp, and this slightly put me off at the start as the voice wasn't how imagined the main character at all - but in fact it was perfect. The story is quite slight but the plot isn't the chief reason for reading books like these. The observational style and witty though often moving content is the point. I loved the tension between two national cultures, England and the USA, seen through the eyes of the Americans in London. A very enjoyable listen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By RRF on 05-04-16

redemption of a mean little person?

What disappointed you about Foreign Affairs?

the way it was read -- very distracting. The intonation almost never matched the expression described in the text -- e.g. what was supposed to be said "in a flat voice" was read breathily; all the "Hmm", "Mmm", "Umm"s etc, sounded exactly the same; accents were questionable; etc. Every time I began to believe in the narrative I was distracted by the non-credibility of the delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Foreign Affairs?

When Chuck decided not to be disappointed about his ancestors.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The stories about people learning and changing.

Any additional comments?

It was uncomfortable and tiring to be in the presence of mean little Vinnie Miner for so long.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kate on 12-04-15


Would you consider the audio edition of Foreign Affairs to be better than the print version?

Yes, I think this audio book is better than the print version. The delivery is excellent & it's laugh-out-loud funny. It's an incredibly perceptive tale of Anglo-American perceptions, relationships, misunderstanding, acutely observed & somewhat lovingly ridiculed. I can't recommend it highly enough. A wonderful discovery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chuck Mumsen was my favourite character. Larger than life, big-hearted, sexy & very funny. The telling of him is funny & in the end .... (no, no spoiler!! ... ) He's just great, I liked him. Really shows up the condescension & pretensions of us (Little) Englanders ...

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favourite?

She performs all characters incredibly well. I think her performance of Vinnie is just brilliant. (Professor Miner.) The performances really come alive. I enjoyed them so much! Very well done & - thank God! NOT TOO FAST! So glad she took her time, & even allowed the proper pauses. She doesn't rush it like so many actors. Chuck's daughter was also brilliantly done. & the swearing schoolgirl!! ....

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love in a wet climate ?? ...

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this highly enough. Absolutely loved it! Great author, & this book won the Pulitzer Prize! ....

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