Elsinor Hardcover – 1976
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To losely recap the plotline, it deals with Lauras, whos husband has disapeared and through his lawyers is filing for divorce. Laura quickly finds out John, her husband, has started engaging in homosexual clubs, which is where the story starts. The main characte of Laura is somewhat complex, as though the main character, she has many faults, and is in danger of losing her children to John, because of some poor mental history.
The story unfolds more or like a Made for Tv drama. It is not really before the, somewhat, climactic end, the books takes a sideturn from this form.
The novel is undoubtedly Webb. For good and bad. We have the troubled main character. The constant smell of sex, without getting erotic. The dialogue going back and forth. And the a simple storyline.
I read once some reviews of The Graduate complaining that the dialogue was annyoing, that it kept repeating itself, and that they didn't see any reason to care for the character. Though this is, in my opinion not true for The Graduate, it IS true for Elsinor. I don't find any reason to care for Lauras problems. The diaogue goes on for miles, repeating itself at every junction; and everyone is talking in different directions. At some points this couls be Kafkaesque, but I see that it would be a stretch to make such a comparison.
Furthermore the novel ends abruptley. Just as we might have grown somewhat fond of the characters, it's all over.
I WOULD reccomend this book to fans of Webb, merely because there arent so many. But for the love of god, dont start with this one. If youre strapped for cash, start with The Graduate and Marriage of a young stockbroker! I implore you!
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