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The Friendly Young Ladies by Mary Renault
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Jan 11, 08

bookshelves: queer-characters-or-themes
Read in January, 2005

I read this in 2005 and found it to be incredibly frustrating. For one thing, don't believe any of the blurbs on the back of the book - this book is neither a romance nor a comedy. It doesn't really have much at all to say about artists communities in the '30s. And for that matter, it doesn't really have that much to say about lesbian relationships either. The characters are mostly either dispicable or tragic.

After reading this, I wrote a long exposition of my problems with this book here:

It's very spoilery.

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Sharon Terry Megan, I absolutely LOVED your dissing review of this ghastly novel. The utter smugness of Renault (an otherwise good writer) and the capitulation...I mean, I'll have to write my own review. LOVED yours!!!

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