Death teaches Alexandra no lessons


Worst Fears - Fay Weldon

Throughout the book I felt little sympathy for Alexandra, the insipid, self-centred, child neglecting, actress whose shallow experience was deepened by the sudden death of her husband and the subsequent revelations that recast her whole married life.

Weldon deliberately undermines our sympathy for Alexandra by emphasising her acquiescence in the face of every other character. Her thoughts are peppered with compulsive cash valuations of everything she looks at.

I felt schadenfreude when her husband’s voice delivered the final confirmation of the lie that she had been living through his betrayal and her vanity.

Weldon's conclusion is a damp squib which sees Alexandra sailing into the future looking forward to doing it all again.

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