Louisa Wastian Wastian từ Audrain County
Bỏ lỡ điều này khi nó và phần tiếp theo của nó lần đầu tiên được xuất bản. Updike là một nhà văn đáng chú ý. Nhân vật của anh ấy ở lại với bạn tốt hơn hoặc xấu hơn. Cuối cùng tôi sẽ đến những cuốn sách còn lại. Tôi muốn tìm hiểu những gì trở thành của Rabbit và bạn bè và gia đình của anh ấy.
Dawn Powell is an Eye & Ear specialist who examines vanities at the fair. Her protagonist, an outsider, is (usually) fr Ohio, her home state, an Alien who never grasps the calculations & hypocrisies of vanity fair. This Altmanesque criss-cross of sexio-socio hopefuls include a playwright, cabaret chanteuse, media star, alkie musician, rich fart & his rentboy who fancies writing a cookbook ("vegetables ought to be fresh"), and a museum mouthpiece who bows to a 'Dragon Lady' to snatch free trips abroad. Amid the pageantry & puppetry, no one has a serious thought, because their serio thoughts are cliches like "Am I getting the most of my life?" says Powell. In her examining chamber "men are sensitive about how their wives are treated by their lovers" -- especially if a job is at stake. "Why do you tell me?" groans a gay-pal to the wounded songbird, destined for a lez romp. "I'll tell the whole thing at dinner if there's a pause in the conversation." New love, blue love? No. Only "tired love, andit has no magic." In vanity fair, flattery succeeds. "You never looked lovelier," former beau tells an ex, but he's thinking: "Her looks are quite gone." She's thinking, aah, yes: "It's heaven to have one you can believe." There's much brilliance here. There's also too much Muchness. Too many players. Too many intertangled stories. No POV character. But the author's worldliness outweighs her scrambled plotting for, as one GR Friend says, Dawn Powell is addictive. Example: the death of a host at his own party -- wherein he's carried to a bedroom as if drunk -- is sublime comedy. Humor's an anesthetic, asserts Powell, "laughing gas while your guts are jerked out." She makes Mrs. Parker seem like a kvetch.