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An Armful of Warm Girl

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback book, 1981 edition.
Paperback, 130 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by Van Vactor & Goodheart (first published 1978)
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MJ Nicholls
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A novel that fell out of an 1880s drawing room somewhere, from a man born in the wrong century. Doesn’t that title radiate? Doesn’t that title evoke an evening by the fire, cuddled up with your best lass, a plate of strong indigestible cheese on one table, a bottle of Iranian cognac on t’other? AAOWG is novel about the upper classes that doesn’t (seem) to be lampooning the upper classes, but a mere glimpse into the lives of these pampered doddering lunatics shows us a self-lampoon system is in o ...more
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of comedies of manners, fashion, old NY, social class
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One of the funniest, most wickedly clever novels I've ever read. I first found this at New Haven one long ago summer and have loved it ever since. Spackman writes about a vanished NYC from the late 1950s, a city where the old world of old money and old families and Art Deco clubs and summers in Bucks County was evaporating. His hero is a hapless yet utterly self-confident, irascible, womanizing, and blithely demanding 50-ish Princeton alum stockbroker who has no clue why his wife has thrown him ...more
Andrew Schirmer
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not a good time for WASPs, who as a class seem to find themselves caught between a sorry reputation in an egalitarian age (all the usual complaints leveled at an exclusive wealthy ruling class) and objects of a misplaced nostalgia for lost American grandeur (cf Joseph Epstein, forever up to no good, writing in last weekend's Wall Street Journal). These days I very much doubt that a novel chronicling the romantic forays of a banker named Romney is going to get anyone riled up. Which is a sh ...more
John D. Bennett
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Spackman seems to be an author who is periodically rediscovered. I was eager to like this but found it so tedious I could hardly stand to finish it ... and it is very short. The tone is off. It is presumably meant to be sophisticated and witty but did not work at all for me.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think Spackman is superb - a rake, indeed, and unrepentantly so but so are all his characters - female and male alike - and oh such prose!
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Just could not get into this. A difficult read.
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