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I'm Dying Laughing: The Humourist

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Christina Stead’s unforgettable final novel—a profound examination of love and radicalism during the McCarthy era



In the wake of the Great Depression, Emily Wilkes, a young American journalist, travels to a Europe still scarred by World War I. During her crossing, she meets Stephen Howard, a charismatic and wealthy Communist who quickly converts Emily to his ideals when th
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ebook, 447 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1986)
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Bill
This is a novel about an American couple who, although they are card carrying communists, spend all their time spending money, making money and worrying about money, even though their incomes were very high for the time period (1940s-1950s). They also lived in fairly grand accommodations all of the time and constantly had several servants. So pretty capitalistic, if you ask me.

The book is about 80% dialogue, and while I found it somewhat annoying at times, for the most part, the book holds up we
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Tuck
Blurb described this as verbose, and that is a good way to talk about this novel of mostly dialog. It is what makes it pretty good. Takes place in usa and france (mostly) from 1930’s through 1950’s and the main characters are leftists and writers, of novels, articles, and screenplays and scripts. So they are fairly well off, yet always support the proles. Stead worked on this novel for many decades and finally died before it was published. Considered one of the great Australian authors, I will w ...more
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"in an icefield in a glacier"
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Oh boy, I had great expectations for this book but I have noq learned my lesson to disregard any book described as a classic. I lasted 13 pages before I gave up, and now I’m wondering how I even lasted that long. The whole time the main character is someone called Emily to boards an ocean liner bound for Europe and has these random conversations with random fellow passengers, none of it appearing to go anywhere or achieve anything. There are too many books on my “To Be Read List” to waste it on ...more
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Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” an ...more
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