The life and loves of a she-devil | Open LibraryMore titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. Ruth is, by her own admission, an unlucky woman. Ungainly, unattractive, unassertive, she trudges through life bowed under the weight of a loveless marriage to a brazen, cheating, indifferent man named Bobbo. Although she has patiently suffered through the small and not-so-small indignities occasioned by sharing a life with the uncaring Bobbo, as The Life and Loves of a She-Devil opens, Ruth's patience is wearing thin, and the pain and resentment she has been swallowing all these years are finally beginning to bubble over. This is a black comedy, but it is also—as black comedies tend to be-an exceedingly sad meditation on facing one's lot in life, and coming to grips with a capricious fate that lavishly rewards some while cruelly withholding from others. But more importantly, it is a scathing indictment of a society and a value system that reinforces, twenty times over, that basic, cosmic unfairness.
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil is a novel by British feminist author Fay Weldon about a highly unattractive woman who goes to great lengths to take revenge on her husband and his attractive lover. The book, Weldon insists, is about envy, rather than revenge. Ruth is an abnormally tall and ugly housewife whose husband, Bobbo, considers their relationship an open marriage based on convenience alone and he only married her because he got her pregnant when they were both teenagers. Bobbo only truly loves his mistress , a famous, wealthy romance novelist named Mary Fisher. When Ruth passionately indicates her disapproval for Bobbo's extramarital affair , he calls her a "she-devil", causing her to reassess her life. She resolves to behave in accordance with the label he has given her. Bobbo leaves Ruth and their two children: he goes to live with Mary Fisher, to whom he soon proposes.