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The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell
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Sep 08, 2009

really liked it

In her diaries, Dawn Powell wrote that " . . . the basis of comedy is man's helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power)." She deals with this vanity in her novel The Locusts Have No King. Powell writes with great humor and sophistication in this novel about how love and betrayal, art and ambition collide. It's a fun read as she writes of Frederick Olliver, a medieval history writer, and his affair with the far more successful playwright Lyle Gaynor. Olliver navigates his way through bars, dinner parties, relationships (romantic and business, which are often intertangled), and his career. Dawn Powell tells her satirical tale with spot-on accuracy and a wit to rival Dorothy Parker's.
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