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Dawn Powell said she started writing as a youngster because "there was no one to talk to." Arriving in NYC from Ohio in 1918 she continued writing — 15 novels and plays — until her death in 1965. A worldling who scorned notions of Love, Marriage, the Family, she dissects Manhattan in a whizzy, plotless Altmanesque manner : hers is a bruising comedy of infidelities and double-dealing. "Never do anything you can't deny," announces a social-climbing sport. This sets the tone for a tough but vulnerable writer who supported an alcoholic husby and retarded child yet managed lovers. Reflecting her own life, Powell has no time for sentiment when strychnine is needed for survival.

"What good is reason when the heart is out of order," ponders the wife of a selfish businessman who never coos Sweet Dreams to anyone. "Doctor," she wants to say, "I think I'm going sane ." Powell, with savage wit that tops Dot Parker, adds : "It is as sad to stop loving as it is to stop being loved."

The story focuses on 2 philandering husbys ("Do what you please, but keep up the marriage front"), their inept wives ("Here was a woman you'd never tire of, because there was not enough of her to tire of"), and their needy mistresses ("Maybe you didn't want a husband or father or a child or a dog but you did have to have something.")

Despite the highest praise from Edmund Wilson, Powell never won popularity.Why? Easy to answer. Readers, mostly midcult stiffs, want at least one Feelgood character. Powell refuses to deliver. Her satire stings. On my word of honor says the unsparing Powell, you are as insane as anybody in the room.

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  • Publisher:Vintage
  • File: 4.8 Mb
  • Ganre: Fiction
  • Release: 01.02.1990
  • ISBN: 9780679726869
  • Pages 273
  • Rating: 4.61 (177 votes)


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