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Murdering the Millefeuilles

Thomas Jones: Emma Richler

3 January 2002
Sister Crazy 
by Emma Richler.
Flamingo, 258 pp., £12.99, September 2001, 0 00 711822 8
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... But they did, I suppose, teach me something about the boundaries between imagination and plastic (as well as something about the cynicism of corporate merchandising). Jemima Weiss, the narrator of EmmaRichler’s first novel, is as a nine-year-old devoted to Action Man. With each purchase of an item from the Action Man directory, you were awarded stars in proportion to its value . . . When you ...

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Tessa Hadley: Richler’s happy families

3 February 2005
Feed My Dear Dogs 
by Emma Richler.
Fourth Estate, 502 pp., £17.99, January 2005, 0 00 718985 0
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... intensely subject to the familial culture which surrounds us; the world can be interpreted only in the language and according to the value system we are given by parents and relatives and at school. EmmaRichler’s new novel, Feed My Dear Dogs, and her earlier work, Sister Crazy (2001), capture vividly the closed world of one family. In the middle of both books the family moves from 1960s England to ...

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