Sex, love, the 1970s,
and one extraordinary family
that lived to tell
Crackling with intelligence and original humor, The Position is a masterful
take on sex and the suburban American family at the hilarious height of the
sexual revolution and throughout the thirty-year hangover that followed. Meg
Wolitzer, the author of the much-acclaimed novel The Wife (named a not
Our main characters are the four children of Roz and Paul Mellow, a couple who achieved ...more
It's hard to imagine, but ...more
She preached what was to me a curious distance--she didn't think that sex scenes should be titillating, and hers are mostly not.
Despite that, her characters are well developed, and her writing is very good. I was quite amused throughout most of the book. There appeared to me to be some point o ...more
You and your three siblings discover said bestseller on top of a cupboard when you all are six to 14 years old.
Surprise, surprise. Screwed up adulting in your future. Guaranteed.
So what she is really sayi ...more
Roz and Paul Mellow become rich and famous in the 1970s when their book "Pleasuring" (think "Joy of Sex") becomes hugely successful. The book contains many drawings of the couple in various sexual poses. "The Position" begins on the day their four children discover the book hidden away in the den and follows the family ...more
Her knowledge of what makes people "tick" (especially CHILDREN) and the ways our young souls are marred is at such a depth that I wonder sometimes about her own story as I read: HOW does she know so much about human nature?
Brilliant, smart, biting and kind - a feminist who is not held down or in her anger. She sees well, she loves well, and I am always left chang ...more
In the 1970s, a husband and wife who have 4 children decide to write a book about their sex life complete with pictures and one of the kids discovers the book and shares it with his siblings. So now all 4 children have seen graphic pictures of their parents having sex.
Despite this really weird beginning for a book, it is very well-written and as the book continues by following the lives of t ...more
Boy, was I wrong. This story, with its seemingly far-fetche ...more
The story here is great, but the set-up is tough: picking up 30 years after a particular event -- four children discovering that their parents had written, posed for, and would become famous for a sex guide -- makes it difficult to really go into much depth.
Each of the main characters, particularly the children, are supremely messed up, but Wolitzer is kind of asking her reader to do her a favor and just go ...more
While the book becomes famous and offers the family money and fame, the (sex) lives of all four children and the parents are affected in many different ways as they move on to adulthood.
The prose in this is wonderful and it's not a Good Read but a great one.
The answer, I think, is that Meg Wolitzer got progressively better with each novel. You see all of the elements of The Interestings here: the ensemble cast, the question of how fame affects people, the ability to capture certain salient moment in Amer ...more
The second oldest child, Michael, discovers the mysterious tome on a top shelf, bookended by something innocuous, but he is curious. Something about the way it seems almost hidden....
From that point on, the story unfolds as the children discover what the book entails and secretly share its c ...more
I liked this a lot but kept thinking, "Come on" in reaction to how different characters behaved. Sometimes reactions didn't feel believable but then again my parents never wrote a how-to sex manual. I suppose that would sort of mess with you.
Fun read over all and never have I read a book so completely and entirely about sex. I don't think I've read any of Wolitzer's other books but I'm looking forward to checking them out.
Roz und Paul Mellow schreiben in den 70er Jahren einen Sexratgeber, der einen kometenhaften Aufstieg erlebt - allerdings haben die Mellows aber auch vier Kinder, die eines Tages dieses Buch finden und ihren Augen nicht trauen. Im weiteren Verlauf wird beschrieben, wie sich die vier Kinder als Erwachsene durchs Leben schlagen und was aus den Eltern geworden ist, deren Be ...more
Author photo copyright Deborah Copaken.