BRINGING UP GIRLS IN BOHEMIA by Michal Viewegh

BRINGING UP GIRLS IN BOHEMIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

justify yes* Bringing Up Girls In Bohemia ($27.95; paper $12.95; Jan. 15, 1997; 192 pp.; 1-887378-04-9; paper 1-887378-05-7): A brash, ironic look at ``swinging'' Prague today, seen through a writer-teacher's infatuated fixation on his pupil Beata: a willful rich girl whose mercurial temperament and devil-may-care excesses drive her toward self-destruction. The novel is consistently sardonic, energetic, and funny, and features a terrific supporting cast of eccentric street people and devious go-getters. But beneath its scattershot surface, we're never unaware of its narrator's stubborn, proud mainstay against the pull of Beata's sensual egoism: his belief in the healing and uplifting powers of art. It's quite a trick to present this contrast without becoming sanctimonious, but Viewegh pulls it off beautifully. . . .

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1997
ISBN: 1-887378-04-9
Page count: 192pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1996