'I have gone to pieces, which is a thing I've wanted to do for years,',
This review is from: Two Serious Ladies (Paperback)
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'Christina Goering's father was an American industrialist of German parentage and her mother was a New York lady of a very distinguished family.'
The opening sentence places us firmly in a tradition of American fiction - I was reminded by Edith Wharton and excited by the introduction by Lorna Sage, afterword by Truman Capote, recommendation by Tennessee Williams and comparison to Carson McCullers. Perhaps given all that expectation the novel was bound to disappoint? I had read about Paul Bowles and Jane Bowles and the other inmates of their house and their experimentation with their art and lifestyles. For a book published in 1943 its modernism seems stilted and dated. Its dialogue carries the narrative and should be its strength but it doesn't give us the insight into character we need to carry on with this story of two characters falling to pieces and into squalor and still finding a kind of redemption. Alas, I didn't recognise a lost masterpiece and think time might be better served reading others.