Book Review #2: Tall Poppies


Author: Louise Bagshawe

Genre: Fiction, Contenporary Romance

Language: English

Number of pages: 345

Publications: Orion, 1997

Release date: 1997

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5

The grabbing point: 

Romance and psychological thrillers have always been my favorite. But this book attracted me mainly because of its cover page (as shown above) which is a contradiction to the name. However, as you progress through the book, you will relate to the symbolism of it.

Tall Poppies Syndrome, predominantly used in United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, refers to  a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers. This is similar to begrudgery, the resentment or envy of the success of a peer.

The book has successful portrayed this syndrome amidst a dual setting of Brooklyn and London. The lead protagonists are two gorgeous female characters, namely Nina Roth and Elizabeth Savage, are depicted as strong individuals with different culture and different upbringing. The contrast which divides them also reflected their similar drive to succeed amidst a society dominated overtly by male who will do anything to bring them down.

The negatives:

The tone of feminism based on sexism and gender discrimination did influence my reading choice. However, this very tone makes it difficult to like the strong characters of the leads protagonists.  The ease in the flow of words with the use of simple English will definitely make you read it. However, the pow-wow factor, the one where you just don’t want to keep a book down, is sadly lacking.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

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