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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com (November 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437856225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437856224
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g

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Talk. Talk. Talk. . . . Good lines and no action . . . said all . . . not even promising first act . . . eighth failure and season more than half over . . . rather be a playwright and fail than a critic compelled to listen to has-beens and would-bes trying to put over bad plays. . . . Read the first page
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An interesting read March 6 2014
By BaggyHaggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very interesting period piece which is a worthwhile read for anyone who likes American literature. Highly recommended, And it's free!
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Great Book! May 28 2013
By Karen B - Published on Amazon.com
I just finished reading this book and loved it. I bought my first copy at an antique store in Dutch Flat in California's Gold Country, not knowing anything about it or it's author. The little store has a wall of old original publication books and I asked the proprietor if he happened to have any by Georgette Heyer - he didn't but asked if I had read any Gertrude Atherton and suggested this. I am very glad he did! It goes hand in hand with the redo (yet again) of The Great Gatsby on film and it was great fun to see the movie (great visuals, and Leo did a great job :) after having just finished Black Oxen. The other reviewer, having denigrated it for being "old fashioned" obviously didn't catch the fact that the book was written in 1922, and was the best selling book of 1923 and written by one of that time period's best selling authors, and is set in and is a commentary on that "Lost Generation" era and it's youth culture (history does repeat itself...) It does have a plot that is based around a fantasy idea, but the time, places and personalities are a fun commentary on the 1920's.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Modern not Feb. 19 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Unbound
Countess Zattiany, who is 58, has a glandular operation (based on a silly popular theory of the day), the result being that she has the looks and personality of one who is 28. She falls in love with Lee Clavering, an ambitious young journalist. Even after telling him the truth about herself, he wants to marry her. But she marries an Austrian prince instead in order to pursue a diplomatic career. In the book at one point Atherton has the Countess describe the modern novel as "gloomy, pessimistic, excoriating, merciless, drab, sordid, and hideously realistic." Many of those terms describe this novel, too. Atherton was an old-fashioned novelist who thought she could be modern if she talked modern. But this book is very old-fashioned and a bit tiresome as well.

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