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Free download Vinegar Girl 105 ´ Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies Kate Battista feels stuck How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity pretty younger sister Bunny Plus she’s always in To be deported And without Pyotr all would be lostWhen Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him Kate is furious this time he’s really asking too much But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her arou. Retelling one of the most famous plays of the Bard placing it in our boring modern era is not an easy task However Vinegar Girl is anything but boring I always thought that The Taming of the Shrew has some of the uirkiest characters created by Shakespeare and the protagonists in Vinegar Girl are as uirky as you can get The story takes place in 21st century Balti Katherine is changed to Kate Petruchio has become Pyotr Bianca is Bunny and Senior Baptista is now Dr Battista What I found extremely clever is the presence of Edward as Bunny's beau disguised as her Spanish tutor a plot that is significant in The Taming of the Shrew However in Vinegar Girl Bunny is a hard to like obnoxious teenager not at all the meek sweet girl in Shakespeare's play and Edward is light years away from Lucentio This is a beautiful feel good story It demonstrates how difficult is for someone who does not follow the established social norms to be accepted especially by their family I can say I fully identified with Kate and our Pyotr is a perfect match for our heroine Oh and don't worry Kiss me Kate is still there

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Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies Kate Battista feels stuck How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity pretty younger sister Bunny Plus she’s always in trouble at work. This is the first Anne Tyler book that I have read and a little way in I was thinking that this novel is not for me However I persisted and almost without me being aware of it I was being charmed and drawn into the story Kate runs the family household and looks after her absent minded scientist father Dr Battista and her volatile younger sister Bunny Kate is taken for granted and has put her life on hold for her family She is taken aback and furious when her father suggests that she marries his indispensable assistant Pyotr to prevent him being deported Despite her efforts to resist the scheme before she knows it Kate finds herself agreeing to it Her heart slowly starts to open to the abrupt and eccentric Pyotr as she becomes aware of his personal history who he is and what makes him tick Pyotr is clearly bowled over by Kate and touchingly engages in random acts that makes this transparent to herTheir offbeat wedding day turns out to be action packed with Pyotr turning up late to the ceremony and missing mice With the wedding banuet Pyotr makes his acuaintance with the Battista family and the warmth of family enfolds him With the exception of the minor tantrums of Bunny Kate and Pyotr find themselves tied to each other happily This lighthearted story is a take on the Taming of the Shrew and proves to be a beguiling novel It is full of wit eccentricity and gentle comedy Highly recommended Thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC

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Vinegar Girl– her pre school charges adore her but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner Dr Battista has other problems After years out in the academic wilderness he is on the verge of a breakthrough His research could help millions There’s only one problem his brilliant young lab assistant Pyotr is about. I admit that I've never read The Taming of the Shrew I couldn't even make it all the way through the Wikipedia synopsis before I had to give up in confusion all those Shakespearean concealed identities may work on the stage but not in summary So perhaps I'm not the best person to review this book; there are probably callbacks to the play that I'm completely missing On the other hand I firmly believe that these novelistic reimaginings should work as novels all on their own You may get out of Bridget Jones's Diary for instance when you know that it's based on Pride and Prejudice but it's still a fully realized comic novel all on its own Vinegar Girl on the other hand isn't Caution unfocused ranting aheadview spoilerLet's start with Kate the shrew in uestion Kate is 29 and still lives with her father She was kicked out of college as a freshman for calling a professor's lecture half assed oooh so rebellious and could have gone back the following year but didn't Instead still lives at home with her father and younger sister works at a job she hates and isn't suited for has no friends or love interests no actual interests besides gardening and she does all of the housework and cooking for the family She has a crush on a dude at work and becomes completely tongue tied and stupid around him as if she were a junior high school student instead of pushing 30 In short she's a total loser She really is So what makes her a shrew Well she's kind of mouthy sometimes That's itAgain I don't really know what the original shrew in the play was like but in this day and age there are about a thousand believable ways to make a woman headstrong Make her an outspoken liberal in a family of conservatives or a conservative in a family of liberals not that I'd read that iteration but at least the rebellion would have some kind of philosophy behind it Make her an activist or a burlesue dancer or a guitarist in a rock band Something Something besides just faintly sarcastic sometimes Honestly I could not stand Kate Every time she mouthed off to someone I just thought it was really big talk from such a loser Uncharitable yes but how charitable can I really be expected to be toward such a useless characterThen there's Pyotr her father's lab assistant who's about to be deported if someone you guessed it Kate doesn't give him a green card marriage Pyotr could not have been of a caricature He has a goofy accent that's played for laughs and is constantly using malapropisms Despite coming from a war torn country he has a jolly expansive America What a country style enthusiasm for everything including Kate But frankly he's also kind of a sexist douchebag and he doesn't always treat Kate very well He's traditional old school and not in a good way There's really no reason in the world why a contemporary woman would fall for him Again this character could have been so much interesting why not make him darker His tumultuous past would certainly support his having a gloomy demeanor that would cause some friction but that would be totally understandable and that Kate could have eventually broken through enabling them to develop a deeper relationship And yes I believe this could have been done without making the novel significantly heavier although some heaviness wouldn't have hurt This book is so light it's about to float awayAnyway initially Kate is offended that her father wants her to marry Pyotr in order to keep him in the country Does her father really think she deserves nothing better in life than to marry some random dude she doesn't love she wonders A really good uestion one I would also have liked an answer to But eventually Kate begins to think that moving in with Pyotr separate bedrooms of course would give her a chance to start over give her life a jolt Meanwhile I can think of about a million things that would give Kate's life a jolt that don't involve marrying a stranger How about getting a different job one you're actually suited for How about going back to school How about moving out of your father's house either on your own or with a roommate How about getting some friends How about getting on OkCupid How about telling your sister and father to do their own damn laundry How about just telling your father that instead of cooking the exact same dinner he has expected all of you to eat EVERY NIGHT for YEARS and YEARS you're going to cook something different Honestly the fact that Kate wanted to use Pyotr as a substitute for getting her own life made her seem like even of a loser to me Some shrew she turned out to beNear the end of the book Pyotr is genuinely rude to Kate and starts pulling a lot of I am the man and you will obey me crap with her and I honestly thought she was going to say hasta la vista to the whole situation She should have That would have been an interesting ending and made her much less of a loser Instead she pulls a completely bizarre move At her post wedding dinner she stands up and gives a speech about how men are always expected to hide their feelings which wrecks their lives and relationships whereas women are the truly free creatures because they are allowed to show their feelings This was utterly bizarre I mean I totally agree that our culture discourages men from showing their feelings and that this is not a good thing But this doesn't give any individual man the right to act like a patriarchal douchebag and it certainly doesn't mean Kate or anyone is reuired to marry a patriarchal douchebag What's up to now Kate has given literally zero inkling that she'd been thinking about Pyotr in these terms It all seems like a last ditch attempt to explain away Pyotr's less than desirable behavior Pyotr of course loves it And so they lived happily ever after And I threw the book across the room hide spoiler