Reviews by MikeS
Loved it. I read it slow because I didn't want it to end!
New Society is an excellent independent publisher of environmental and related books.
I've read this about 4 times. I won't characterize it as junk. I think those characterizations are misogynistic. Susann was a genius within the book publishing and marketing industry. But those achievements aside, this book changed the course of twentieth-century literature in English. She "gave the people" (women and gay men) what they wanted to read. And she did it very well.
I tried once or twice before, but this time, I was determined. It took me about 10 months to finish it--but I did. What a staggering work. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said -- except -- classics are classics for a reason!
I love the story of how this book's manuscript survived the War. It's utterly compelling. And I liked the opening chapters. But like so many unfinished works, you just KNOW she would have done great things with it. Her death, again, is part of the poignant "back story" of this novel. But I think the novel itself is sort of lacking. Maybe I need to try it again.