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The Company She Keeps
Title:

The Company She Keeps

Author:
Mary McCarthy
ISBN:
0380555093
PDF book size:
1899 kb
ePub book size:
1664 kb
Fb2 book size:
1984 kb
Other formats:
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ISBN13
978-0380555093
Rating:
4.8 of 5
Votes:
303
Publisher:
Avon Books (1981)
Language:
English
Subcatergory:
Contemporary
Pages:
223
0380555093
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7 Reviews
  • Writing that has stood the test of time! Witty, insightful, wry. The politics of the era may be hard for some contemporary readers to track.

  • Superb prose and a well-conceived story line bringing to life the world of leftist politics and "liberated" intellectual women in the New York of the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Wonderful excursion back in time...loved the characters and the story

  • Read these stories 30 years ago in college....still fresh, funny, Great writer.

  • satisfactory

  • An unblinking gaze cast upon everyone, including herself. I swear I heard chords first struck by Evelyn Waugh in some of her passages, but McCarthy's project was different from his and very much her own. I especially value her willingness to acknowledge that many 1930's New York intellectuals were actually mincing -- effete? -- snobs.

  • Excellent!

  • The Company She Keeps was Mary McCarthy's first novel (as noted above) and follows the life of Margaret Sargent from her first divorce through the life of a gay divorcee to a strained remarriage. Margaret tries to live the life of a twenties heroine (her ideas of the free life very reminiscent of Fitzgerald) but the context of this time had completely irrevocably changed.
    The book covers the prewar period with the infighting on the left and the politics of Trotsky and Spain, the coming war and sexual freedom. McCarthy writes with incision and great wisdom, mocking, mourning, and loving her characters all at the same time.
    The only problem with the book is that it was originally not a book at all, but several short stories on a theme. As such, it hangs together remarkably well, but before I knew that it had been short stories first I was already puzzled by some of the abrupt jumps and breaks.
    This is the first Mary McCarthy I've read, but I will certainly be reading more. Highly recommended.