The Life & Loves of a She-Devil
by R.P Herfst
1991 Nr. 5
First published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1983
First personal reaction p. 3
Time and place p. 4
Title explanation p. 4
Ending p. 5
Character description p. 5
Point of view p. 6
Theme p. 6
Symbols p. 6
Summary p. 7
Information about the author p. 8
Assignments p. 9
50 New words P. 13
Final conclusion p. 16
First personal reaction
This was a really nice book, I liked it a lot. Every time I had to put the book away, I wanted to know what Ruth was up to next.
Ruth, she begins a sweet housewife, ending a she-devil. The tremendous changes she makes are not only in her appearance, but in her character as well. She becomes a really viscous person. That way she achieves her goal and all the patience she needs to do so. This woman is a mixture of amazement, intelligence and craziness all put together.
I think the author wrote an incredible story with a predictable, but the only suitable, and strong ending.
Time and place
This story is set in the 20th century, because Ruth goes to a plastic surgeon. This surgeon is capable of doing a complete makeover including shortening bones. Although this bones makeover is an experiment because it has never been done in such a scale.
I think it must be set in America although Fay Weldon is British. First there is talk about Mary’s income in American dollars. Second I think it’s the most suitable place in the world because a lot of weird and unbelievable things happen and I often think America is a place where weird and unlikely things are considered normal.
One night Bobbo’s parents come for dinner. Ruth is so unhappy that she drops a casserole, she had just taken out of the oven. Bobbo’s parents leave and he thinks of a way to express his deepest feelings of disgust for Ruth. In doing so he makes a terrible mistake, the mistake of...