For Rabbit, with Love and Squalor: An American Read

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Those who enjoy Roiphe's writings (she has a column in The New York Observer and has written novels and an autobiography) will appreciate this volume of her reminiscences and musings on various well-known classics whose male characters held great meaning for her at certain times of her life, in part as the basis of comparison to the men in her life. Writing in an autobiographical mode, she shares the details of her life story as she remembers Catcher in the Rye , Tender is the Night , For Whom the Bell Tolls , the works of John Updike and Philip Roth, and Maurice Sendak. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Anne Roiphe is the author of several books, including the acclaimed Up the Sandbox!, Lovingkindness, and Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World, which was nominated for the 1996 National Book Award, as well as a memoir, 1185 Park Avenue. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Vogue, Redbook, Glamour, Working Woman, and Family Circle, and she writes a biweekly column for The New York Observer. She lives in New York City.

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Roiphe, a New York memoirist and novelist with a special interest in women's experiences (1185 Park Avenue; Fruitful: Living Contradictions: A Memoir of Modern Motherhood, etc.) has hit upon a clever organizing principle for these seven essays: recollections of literary love affairs with famous male protagonists from recent American literature. Roiphe writes of how these seemingly real characters have permanently affected her understanding of men, relationships and love, from her adolescence to her middle age. As she makes her way through her favorite novels, offering insights from the literary to the confessional, we see how her reading experiences parallel her personal life. In a particularly emotional chapter on John Updike's Rabbit, Roiphe, against her better judgment, confesses her love for such a flawed, immature, yet winning man: "I understand perfectly well that Rabbit is a stand-in for America's failure of moral courage... I know that he and his friends are vulgar, uneducated bigoted provincials... Still. Who could resist loving Rabbit? Not me." Roiphe makes a significant contribution to the growing field of "subjective literary criticism." She also opens up a subject that has been underexamined: the sexual/relationship fantasies of heterosexual women about male characters (traditionally, scholarly focus has been on male obsession with imagined females). The author also touches on how her Jewish identity factors into her fantasies about (and anticipated rejection by) certain male characters, such as Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman. Roiphe writes that "the book was enormous fun to write"; any woman reader who has ever fallen in love with a fictional male (that is, just about every female reader of fiction) will find it enormous fun to read. Author tour. (Nov.)
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Book Description Condition: New. Ships From Canada. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 240 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Description: What does it mean to love a character in a book? Many of us do. Many of us always have. These loves are not the subject of late-night phone conversations with friends or entries in our secret diaries. Yet, as Anne Roiphe reveals in her stunning new book, the characters we know only in fiction live forever in our hearts and our minds. We are what we read. In For Rabbit, with Love and Squalor, Roiphe takes us on a glorious tour of the relationships she has had with the great male characters of American fiction: Holden Caulfield, Robert Jordan, Dick Diver, Rabbit, Nathan Zuckerman, Frank Bascombe, and Max and Mickey. In her literary love life Roiphe is a serial monogamist. When she is involved with one character, she is exclusively his until another comes along. She is an audience, an imaginary lover, and a critic, too--but a critic only in the way a relative carps or chides at the escap. Seller Inventory # 9378561400

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Book Description Free Press, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 240 pages. Book Description: What does it mean to love a character in a book? Many of us do. Many of us always have. These loves are not the subject of late-night phone conversations with friends or entries in our secret diaries. Yet, as Anne Roiphe reveals in her stunning new book, the characters we know only in fiction live forever in our hearts and our minds. We are what we read. In For Rabbit, with Love and Squalor, Roiphe takes us on a glorious tour of the relationships she has had with the great male characters of American fiction: Holden Caulfield, Robert Jordan, Dick Diver, Rabbit, Nathan Zuckerman, Frank Bascombe, and Max and Mickey. In her literary love life Roiphe is a serial monogamist. When she is involved with one character, she is exclusively his until another comes along. She is an audience, an imaginary lover, and a critic, too--but a critic only in the way a relative carps or chides at the escapades of a dear one. Though a woman, she identifies with her male heroes; as a woman, she feels love, awe, worry, and tenderness toward them at the same time. Never have the great male creations of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Salinger, Roth and Updike, Ford and Sendak come alive so vibrantly through the critical imagination of a fellow novelist. What we discover on the printed page often carries over to our real-life encounters with the opposite sex, and so Roiphe weaves fragments of her own life story throughout the book. At different times in her life, men like Holden, Rabbit, Nathan, and Frank taught her much of what she knows about how men feel, how they experience love and loss, how they are like and yet unlike her. Piece by piece, Roiphe uncovers a portrait of the male soul, in all its rage and glory. A personal odyssey as well as a celebration of the joys of reading, For Rabbit, with Love and Squalor is a winning blend of self-discovery, criticism, and autobiography that will inspire everyone in love with the written word. Seller Inventory # 0003501

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