I am a bit of a situationist completist and bought this book to keep my library up-to-date. Was I merely fetishizing the return of some better-forgotten book commodity? Perhaps, but I did not expect much. The situationists were no fans of the novel form and Bernstien, apparently, only wrote this book in order to bring in some cash.
The limitations of the 'dead art' of novel writing are clearly pushed to extremes throughout. The characters are thin charactures of the situ gang, the plot is scant and tedious, the dialogue pretentious. This was no doubt Bernstien's intention. Representing the activities of her and her friends in this manner - a novel - served to give them a perspective on their real activity, lifting the weight of cliche they had to bend to in their lives. I think it should be read like this; as a fictional account of the 'lifestyle' the group pursued so that it could be held at a distance and not swallow them whole. In this sense it is successful, whether it is good or not is somewhat beside the point.