Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was Helen Fielding's first novel, published before Bridget Jones made her a household name. It is a wicked satire paralleling the third world needs and celebrity needs. The needs of the third world are not humorous, the celebrity response is.
The story centres around Rosie Richardson. She is running a refugee camp in Nambula, Africa. In between getting to know the others who work at the camp and their needs, we get flashbacks of Rosie's life pre-Africa, running with the celeb club in London. I found both sections fascinating and haunting.
I will warn those looking for a book like the Bridget Jones books that this is not it. It is nothing of the copycat Brit Chick Lit books either. This has a more serious edge to it. It is enjoyable, but in a completely different manner.

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