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READ & DOWNLOAD Desperate Characters FREE READ Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í Paula Fox Paula Fox í 6 READ & DOWNLOAD Cters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature a novel that according to Irving Howe ranks with Billy Budd The Great Gatsby Miss Lonelyhearts and Seize the Day. The Problem with Being Too VirtuosoIt is a textbook for aspiring novelists this book Descriptions are so perfectly judged incidents so astonishingly well balanced episodes so impeccably resonant with one another hints and allusions so delicately poised psychological insights so bewilderingly sharp that almost any novelist will seem dull headed by comparison I went from Desperate Characters to a novel by Cees Nooteboom and I could hardly stomach it Nooteboom by comparison seems hulkish and animalistically unreflective His prose is blockish and his sense of timing and humor are like crude uncomprehending apings of real wit It s not his fault Fox has in dense excess what other novelists sweat to achieve The number of felicitous inimitable formulations on each page puts most anyone else to shame her companions in this sense are perhaps Flaubert or Joyce But on the other hand The reason Jonathan Franzen could write about this book in such superlatives is that he is himself very much a product of the New Yorker style from the 1970s onward He is right that the novel can be read and re read he says he s read it six times He s right too that it s a kind of model of what novels might be But one of the reviewers Jay Dickson is also correct that this novel is very much a product of the style exemplified or should I say molded by the New Yorker And what is wrong with that Well it breeds a kind of virtuosity in which a reader is continuously interrupted and asked to stand back and admire what has just been deployed with such apparently unstudied effortlessness A number of times reading Desperate Characters I wanted to put the book down stand up and applaud But those moments were or less uickly followed by irritations I pictured the author not the narrator expending a jeweler s attention on every turn of phrase weighing and considering it until it was at once perfect and brittle The same happens in NabokovVirtuosity at this level is a snake that bites its own tail and a novel as perfected as Desperate Characters chews off little pieces of its own plausibility each time it indulges in another coruscating fireworks of outlandishly gorgeous uncannily insightful hyper elouent impossibly well judged description Functional Faszien Fitness unreflective His prose is blockish and his sense of timing and humor are like crude Le Principe de l'enfer, tome 2 : Ex-nihilo unstudied effortlessness A number of times reading Desperate Characters I wanted to put the book down stand Dora l'exploratrice : La Montagne aux Etoiles up and applaud But those moments were or less Dungeon Madness The Divine Dungeon #2 uickly followed by irritations I pictured the author not the narrator expending a jeweler s attention on every turn of phrase weighing and considering it rsd blueprint decoded course until it was at once perfect and brittle The same happens in NabokovVirtuosity at this level is a snake that bites its own tail and a novel as perfected as Desperate Characters chews off little pieces of its own plausibility each time it indulges in another coruscating fireworks of outlandishly gorgeous Assisted uncannily insightful hyper elouent impossibly well judged description

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READ & DOWNLOAD Desperate Characters FREE READ Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í Paula Fox Paula Fox í 6 READ & DOWNLOAD Infected cat a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague the Bentwoods' lives revealing the fault lines and fractures in a marriage and a society wrenching itself apartFirst published in 1970 to wide acclaim Desperate Chara. The mass of men lead lives of uiet desperation Henry David ThoreauSetting Late 60s Vietnam era a time of social unrest assassinations civil rights movement anti Establishment upheaval that gave rise to the saying Don t trust anyone over 30Scene a renovated brownstone in Brooklyn NY on a street that is experiencing urban gentrification but whose back overlooks a decaying slumMain characters Otto and Sophie Bentwood a wealthy highly literate couple who have been married for 15 years childless both 40 Otto is a lawyer Sophie translates books into French but has the wherewithal to pick and choose her workThey live a life of staid order surrounded by their beautiful things Then in the course of one late winter weekend cracks begin to appear in their carefully constructed livesOn a Friday evening during dinner Sophie is bitten by a feral cat she has taken to feeding on the back stoop She is shocked and frightened and tries to keep this attack from Otto but the wound is too painful Wouldn t you immediately seek medical help But no the Bentwoods go to a social event they had planned on attending that evening where even the host a psychiatrist urges Sophia to go to the emergency roomThe dread builds the specter of rabies raises its ugly head but Sophie keeps denying that anything is wrong Then she learns that Otto s partnership with long time friend and fellow lawyer Charlie Russel has ended The two men have always been an odd couple one strict and orderly the other a charmer and would be social activist but they have found ways to co exist until now Otto is worried that Charlie is stealing clients out from under him by gossip and insinuations From Charlie s point of view the Bentwoods are drearily enslaved by introspection while the foundation of their privilege is being blasted out from under themThis short character driven book contains deep insights into marriage friendship justice and social responsibility and even though it was published nearly fifty years ago there is relevance to be found for our own times and social issues This is a book to be savored and reread to reveal the many layers of meaning Perhaps I ll make a resolution to read it on January 1st for many years to come Dungeon Madness The Divine Dungeon #2 uiet desperation Henry David ThoreauSetting Late 60s Vietnam era a time of social rsd blueprint decoded course unrest assassinations civil rights movement anti Establishment Assisted upheaval that gave rise to the saying Don t trust anyone over 30Scene a renovated brownstone in Brooklyn NY on a street that is experiencing Assisted urban gentrification but whose back overlooks a decaying slumMain characters Otto and Sophie Bentwood a wealthy highly literate couple who have been married for 15 years childless both 40 Otto is a lawyer Sophie translates books into French but has the wherewithal to pick and choose her workThey live a life of staid order surrounded by their beautiful things Then in the course of one late winter weekend cracks begin to appear in their carefully constructed livesOn a Friday evening during dinner Sophie is bitten by a feral cat she has taken to feeding on the back stoop She is shocked and frightened and tries to keep this attack from Otto but the wound is too painful Wouldn t you immediately seek medical help But no the Bentwoods go to a social event they had planned on attending that evening where even the host a psychiatrist Vacation in Paradise urges Sophia to go to the emergency roomThe dread builds the specter of rabies raises its Ashma ugly head but Sophie keeps denying that anything is wrong Then she learns that Otto s partnership with long time friend and fellow lawyer Charlie Russel has ended The two men have always been an odd couple one strict and orderly the other a charmer and would be social activist but they have found ways to co exist Secret Admirer until now Otto is worried that Charlie is stealing clients out from Le Cinéma yougoslave under him by gossip and insinuations From Charlie s point of view the Bentwoods are drearily enslaved by introspection while the foundation of their privilege is being blasted out from Plaisirs secrets de la grammaire Suivi de uatre promenades au coeur de la langue Française under themThis short character driven book contains deep insights into marriage friendship justice and social responsibility and even though it was published nearly fifty years ago there is relevance to be found for our own times and social issues This is a book to be savored and reread to reveal the many layers of meaning Perhaps I ll make a resolution to read it on January 1st for many years to come

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  • Desperate Characters
  • Paula Fox
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  • 07 June 2018
  • 9780393351101