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19th Wife or An American Wife - which one should I take on holiday?

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CHOOGIRL Tue 20-Oct-09 20:38:09

I'm going through my holiday reading and found 19th Wife on my bookshelf - I don't even remember buying it let alone why. I've also got a copy of American Wife. Which one should I take with me?

deaconblue Tue 20-Oct-09 20:39:56

Both fab, I think I prefer American Wife though. can't you fit them both in your suitcase or do you think you'll only get round to reading one?

DarrellRivers Tue 20-Oct-09 20:40:48

Thought you were a bigamist to start with grin
However, am just about to start American Wife myself so that would be my vote

haventsleptforayear Tue 20-Oct-09 20:41:04

Take both (how long are you going for?)

Disclaimer : have only read American Wife but I loved it.

[or maybe you should just Am wife and send the 19th wife to me - I'm all out of books grin

Have a nice time.

RainRainGoAway Tue 20-Oct-09 20:41:44

I loved 19th Wife, not read american wife.

Our book club did 19th wife and we all loved it.

squeaver Tue 20-Oct-09 20:41:51

Both v good, but American Wife better imo.

Tillyscoutsmum Tue 20-Oct-09 20:42:11

I've not read the American Wife but recently read 19th Wife. I found it really interesting subject matter but found the way it was written (flitting between past and present etc) a bit annoying.

Still worth reading though imho

VictoriousSponge Tue 20-Oct-09 20:44:28

BOTH the best books all year

apart from finest kind of engliush womanhood

CHOOGIRL Tue 20-Oct-09 20:46:30

I'm going for a week and will have lots of time to read. Currently have Great Gatsby, Picture of Dorian Gray, Michael Mansfield's biography (huge hardback), as well as the wife books. Am trying to edit but if they are both worth reading may have to ditch one of the others.

haventsleptforayear Tue 20-Oct-09 20:49:39

Anyone want to sell their 19th wife to me ?wink

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 21-Oct-09 12:29:18

You're welcome to mine haventslept. Do you want to CAT me and I can get it to you

troutpout Wed 21-Oct-09 12:39:58

i read both of these for my book club
Wasn't keen on The American wife at all...but quite liked The 19th wife. I enjoyed the historical story mostly...and was actually facinated by the history of The Firsts.
My vote is for the 19th wife

morningpaper Wed 21-Oct-09 12:40:35

19th wife, American Wife less entertaining

MrsJohnDeere Wed 21-Oct-09 12:53:36

Loved American Wife.

LaSorciereFolle Thu 22-Oct-09 10:05:33

American Wife.

American Wife.

American Wife.

Can you tell I liked it? wink

But how long are your hols? Why not take both?

LaSorciereFolle Thu 22-Oct-09 10:08:48

oops just read your last post properly, then def take A W

I'm very envious if you are reading Dorian Gray for the first time. Brilliant book, one of my fave re-reads.

ViktoriaMac Thu 22-Oct-09 12:51:22

American Wife

haventsleptforayear Thu 22-Oct-09 12:53:09

Thank you for the offer TillyScoutsMum - I would rather pay someone for it than get it off Amazon.

Do you have paypal? (because I live in France so I would want to cover your postage and a bit more).

If it's too much hassle just say no.

Will sort out CAT later.

hercules1 Thu 22-Oct-09 13:01:14

I've read both and much prefered American Wife.

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 22-Oct-09 15:24:09

Yes - I have got paypal and its no hassle smile

If you don't have CAT and want to put your email address up briefly, I'm happy to email you instead

joanneg20 Fri 23-Oct-09 20:01:04

American Wife is about 500 times better than 19th Wife.

moulesfrites Mon 26-Oct-09 19:36:19

Read both and 19th wife was interesting but American Wife was much more of an absorbing read - the kind you can really enjoy on holiday

snickersnack Mon 26-Oct-09 19:41:48

American Wife much better - more interesting and more of a proper holiday read. Kept me going on holiday this year for several days. 19th Wife quite disappointing I thought

CHOOGIRL Mon 02-Nov-09 20:05:18

Thanks all. Read American Wife and loved it. Didn't want it to end. Just started 19th Wife which looks promising.

jamaisjedors Tue 03-Nov-09 12:10:15

I'm reading 19th wife too atm (thanks to Tillyscoutsmum).

glad you enjoyed american wife.

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