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No es tan fácil llevar bragas

Manrique, Ana

No es tan fácil llevar bragas
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Year: 2010
Editorial: Temas de Hoy
Language: Castellano
Published at: Sonzogno di Marsilio (Italy), Recorded Books (Spanish, UK, US, Canada)
Synopsis: Three women filled with rage against the world and against themselves, trapped in a life which is an antithesis of their ideal.

Carmen, Rebeca and Susana live lives they don’t want, silently suffering the role that fate has bestowed upon them, seeking desperately a way out of their failed lives, struggling against everything and everyone to preserve a minimum piece of dignity and of their own essence. The three know each other and all three distrust one another, although deep down they share more than they imagine: Carmen cleans for Susana, who exploits her and makes her do four days worth of work in two, imposing upon her the same Spartan discipline that she applies to herself, while her life is an absolute hell. Rebeca is a rebel who changes her name in order to break free of her surroundings which are too chauvinist, and who hates to work and believes that women nowadays are doubly enslaved: they work outside the home while maintaining the responsibility of running a household. But she is married to a millionaire who, although she is unwilling to recognize, is as chauvinistic as the rest. Susana is the super executive: at work and with her partner everything is perfect, until she finds out her husband is cheating on her in her very own bed. Susana then changes her behavior altogether. She meets Rebeca and the advice she gives her penetrates deep inside of her.

It’s Not very Easy to Wear Panties is the realistic reverse of the chic-lit, a novel that raises the issue of if indeed today’s women have gained ground in their relation vis a vis a man or, somehow, have come out loosing. How does a super executive woman manage, -used to having it all under control- the fact that her husband cheats on her in her very own bed? How does a woman who renounces the role of the great majority of her contemporaries face the reality that her husband refuses to collaborate in the household chores? And how does a woman suffocated by her circumstance of physical abuse escape? With these three stories, Ana Manrique builds a bitter mosaic all while making us ponder the role and the achievements of women in this recently inaugurated century.

Three women filled with rage against the world and against themselves,

trapped in a life which is an antithesis of their ideal.

Carmen, Rebeca and Susana live lives they don’t want, silently suffering the role that fate has bestowed upon them, seeking desperately a way out of their failed lives, struggling against everything and everyone to preserve a minimum piece of dignity and of their own essence. The three know each other and all three distrust one another, although deep down they share more than they imagine: Carmen cleans for Susana, who exploits her and makes her do four days worth of work in two, imposing upon her the same Spartan discipline that she applies to herself, while her life is an absolute hell. Rebeca is a rebel who changes her name in order to break free of her surroundings which are too chauvinist, and who hates to work and believes that women nowadays are doubly enslaved: they work outside the home while maintaining the responsibility of running a household. But she is married to a millionaire who, although she is unwilling to recognize, is as chauvinistic as the rest. Susana is the super executive: at work and with her partner everything is perfect, until she finds out her husband is cheating on her in her very own bed. Susana then changes her behavior altogether. She meets Rebeca and the advice she gives her penetrates deep inside of her.

It’s Not very Easy to Wear Panties is the realistic reverse of the chic-lit, a novel that raises the issue of if indeed today’s women have gained ground in their relation vis a vis a man or, somehow, have come out loosing. How does a super executive woman manage, -used to having it all under control- the fact that her husband cheats on her in her very own bed? How does a woman who renounces the role of the great majority of her contemporaries face the reality that her husband refuses to collaborate in the household chores? And how does a woman suffocated by her circumstance of physical abuse escape? With these three stories, Ana Manrique builds a bitter mosaic all while making us ponder the role and the achievements of women in this recently inaugurated century.


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