Bertram Cope's year
Written almost 100 years ago, this stylish treatment of an ambiguous situation is fiercely contemporary. Ignored in its day, the ...more
4.5 stars—it’s not perfect, but it’s fun. I’m ever-so-gently inching back from my string of 5 star reviews in a feeble attempt to attain some sort of legitimacy knowing, full well, that’s it’s often your fault that I’m reading as many good books as I am. I can only feel so bad about that, and you…you’ll just have to live with the guilt you share for recommending so many of them. Deal with it.
Don’t ask, don’t tell.
Well, the novel doesn’t ask, and it doesn’t tell. It tells quite a lot, but doesn’...more
Fuller, who was born in Chicago and ...more
This novel is an utter delight. It tells the story of Bertram Cope, a blonde, blue-eyed country boy who takes a post as a college English teacher in a moderately large Michigan city and manages to attract the ardent admiration of everyone i ...more
There is no attempt to disguise their relationship since they are never fully identified as a same sex couple.
At times the writing is very current especi ...more
This is written in a very different style of writing than I'm accustomed to from modern fiction. I read this for its historical significance, as the first published ...more
Bertram Cope is writing his thesis at a university closing resembling Northwestern when he meets Medora Phillips, who takes a great interest in the young man and begins inviting him to her lavish home where three young women are in residence. But wh ...more
Bertram Cope is an instructor in a university next to the fictional town of Churchton, he gives himself a year to better his prospects and finish his thesis and that's the year we spend with him. Cope is flawed and that's one of his charms and it is hard not to be ...more
However the modern reader should be aware they will be exposed to "a liberal exhibition of perfect teeth" from a character who has "a high degree of self-possession, even of insouciance." If you like the flowery 'literary' style of the time period you find "a beaming affalbility"...your "happy allotment". However most modern readers will probably find the ...more
This book is definitely a product of its time, having been writ ...more
Fuller's earliest works were travel romances set in Italy that featured allegorical characters. Both The Chevalier of Pensieri–Vani (1890) and The Châtelaine of La Trinité (1892) bear some thematic resemblance to the works of Henry James, whose primary interest was in ...more