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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Estamos en verano, a finales de la década de 1960. Las calles de Cambridge, Massachusetts, están llenas de hippies de pelo largo y coloridas prendas, pero el doctor Robert Merriwether, que enseña en Harvard y lleva mucho tiempo casado, no repara lo más mínimo en toda esa vida bullendo a su alrededor. Cultivado, reflexivo, animal de costumbres... Merriwether es todo menos u ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published March 2019 by Siruela (first published 1973)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1960-s, nyrb
”’Will you let me say something, though? About young girls?’

‘A warning?’

‘In a way. I know the danger of classifying human beings, but I’ve known a lot of these girls. The last few years I’ve felt a terrific drive in them. They want, they want, and it’s a we not-quite-greybeards who give them the most the quickest. We teach them, we spend on them, we show them off, we tell then what everything means. We’re their Graduate School. Which means they’re closer to graduation through us. And that means
Elyse  Walters
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to slap the protagonist a dozen times.
Pretty early on my thought of him was
“ you’re such an asshole”...
I especially felt disgust for Merriweather when he had a young student in his daughters bedroom...
where he found the record player he was looking for.
A summer student at Harvard, Cynthia Ryder brought over a record that she wanted Dr.Merriweather to hear. (and seduce him with)
Cynthia had no business being in the doctors house...let alone his daughters bedroom.
It got worse when Cynth
I don't think I've been this upset by a novel since Philip Roth's American Pastoral, which is ironic, as Richard Stern, the author of this novel, was Roth's friend and colleague of 57 years, before Stern died in 2013.

But. . . I don't want to give you the impression that Stern writes like Roth. He doesn't. At all. His writing reminds me far more, in fact, of two British writers from the previous generation: J.L. Carr and Barbara Comyns. I don't know if Stern was influenced by either of these writ
Glenn Russell
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Miss Ryder was golden-haired but almost Indian dark, slimly full, tall, slightly prognathous, brown-eyed. Her hair waterfalled to the top thoracic vertebra, her tanned flesh issued from a laundered yellow corolla. A human sunflower." - Richard Stern, Other Men's Daughters

Other Men’s Daughters - American author Richard Stern’s 1973 novel of forty-year-old family man and Harvard professor Robert Merriweather’s transformation brought about by his relationship with a twenty-year-old beauty by the n
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-s-lit
Attention, Writers! Having trouble getting published? And too proud to write a vampire book?

Well, I’ve made a discovery that could help you. Write a book, any book; good or bad. But for the title, ah, here is the trick. Just combine an occupation with the word ‘daughter’. If there are any occupations left, that is.

There’s already The Apothecary’s Daughter, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Alchemist’s Daughter, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, The Bearkeeper’s Daughter, the Printmaker’s Daughter, The
Jenny (Reading Envy)
"By the time you're my age, [love is] but a combination of lust and nostalgia."
At first glance, I was feeling a bit over this book. Not another novel about a middle aged professor tiring of his life and taking up with a younger, freer woman. How many of those are there, anyway? And what would make NYRB republish this one if better known novelists have done it and kept in the spotlight?
"The last few years I've felt a terrific drive in [women.] They want, they want, and it's we not-quite-graybeard
Kimberly Dawn
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He’d had the joys and difficulties of family life, he’d still have some of them, and always, always he would watch the children to see if he could fix whatever went wrong because of what he and Sarah had done.”

“Though the next day, when he came home from work, he came home to the house that no longer felt his. It was now—at least till June—Sarah’s. Yesterday it had been his. He was here now on her sufferance, she could tell him to get out, legally, as three or four times she had told him to get
Robert Moscalewk
Just to give you a sense of what this novel is like, here's an excerpt from the book next to which I wrote "are you kidding me?":
When the sun speared out of a gray diarrhea of cloud, it turned into script – a celestial Linear B. The light struck fluorite crystals sunk in the vugs. Quartz, amazonite, corundum, beryl. Merriwether himself is most of what's colored up here: blue jeans, red LaCoste sportshirt with the green alligator, dirt-blotched white sneakers. Colorful, but not the official climb
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve spent the last twenty-four hours of my ongoing recovery from hip replacement surgery (the right one) reading Other Men’s Daughters by Richard Stern, just republished by the New York Review of Books, a forty-years-later celebration of a writer who shouldn’t be forgotten. This is a strong novel with a flaw, like all novels, that facilitates self-indulgence on the part of its protagonist, one Robert Merriwether, doctor and professor of physiology at Harvard.

The key year is 1972. It’s summer. M
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A middle-aged professor and researcher, married with four children, leading a quietly traditional life in a small college town, blows it all up - gradually and then all of a sudden - after meeting an enchanting woman who is half his age. Another one of those novels, you ask, slightly rolling eyes? Yes, yes, I answer, but actually, not quite. Yes, because when stripping it down to its plot, it is hard to avoid making it sound as yet another cliché novel about a middle-aged male fueled by lust and ...more
benevolent bastard
I jumped into this thinking it’ll be some raunchy, steamy dirty novel about a married man having relations with his student. Not. It was about a married man suffering with his loneliness. Meeting someone else, having an affair and the consequence of a divorce with children. Truly not something I’d pick up to read. It was a delight. I liked Merriwether’s ramblings. Felt for him.

“Maybe human beings who love each other should only present their best face to each other, saving their miseries for sil
The grass is seldom greener on the other side. Merriwether, learned the hard way of how one act of indiscretion cannot but affect one individual, but ultimately be the demise of an entire family’s happiness.

What was most disturbing is how Merriwether and Cynthia (his student) were able to casually have this thing and yet he and his wife’s family and friends went along with it without regards to Sarah his wife or their children.

Sadly, today we still see teachers giving in to their sexual desire
Sonia Francis
Superb, crystal clear prose.
I will just sum up my review with these quotes that pretty much says it all;

"He had left her chewed bones for years "

" it became impossible for me Sarah.I am not a cactus. I couldn't endure without intimacy.
I have been driven to the wall".

"Twenty years in one bed,and the contraction of their lives issued in grunts "

" under the stone of their last years were thousands of moments which were not stony"

" the energy of love,the sexual energy, the excess which made for tend
Karon Walkee
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unnerving treasure.

The story of a privileged misogynist.... how timely. Actually, at least equally the story of divorce as a process for self-justification by a clueless, despicable, shallow and self-righteous man, from the generation that perpetuated preconceived gender notions that persist, unfortunately, to this day. Brilliantly written by Stern - a man - who depicts a sad person more connected with institutions, like “marriage” and Harvard, than people, whom he does not in the least understa
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just about perfect.
Nick Craske
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 1970's NYT review immaculately articulates my reading experience of this great book.
Daniel Polansky
I don’t know about the rest of you but I learned to read off my father’s bookshelf, a vast-seeming library which consisted more or less exclusively of raw, pulpy fantasy and a lot of heavy, hyper masculine 20th century authors – Hemingway, John Barth, that sort of thing. Some of these guys – Saul Bellow, for instance – I would totally unhesitatingly describe as geniuses. Some of these guys were not. In any event, most of the literature I was exposed to as a youth had magic swords or brilliant, a ...more
Carl Stevens
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many a 2013 tribute to the late Richard Stern included some variation on the theme of the greatest writer you never knew. Roth, Updike and Bellow were liberally quoted praising his grace, erudition and wit. These are qualities better shown in his novel Other Men’s Daughters than his “orderly miscellany” Still On Call.
In 1973 in the midst of social revolution Harvard physician and professor Robert Merriwether and Harvard Summer School student Cynthia Ryder began an affair that will overturn his
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very much a dead white man's book. I can only explain the praise heaped on this book by people like Philip Roth by the fact that it's easy to be generous to writers who don't threaten you. This is a campus novel cum dissolution of a marriage novel, and adds nothing to either genre. The story is mostly told from the point of view of Robert Merriwether, who leaves his wife Sarah for Cynthia, an attractive student who initiates a relationship after getting her pill prescription from him. Occasional ...more
Kevin Adams
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
If you're reading this then by now you've seen my other books I've read this year. Yes, I'm OBSESSED with the NYRB Classics but while I would have read this anyway the main reason was the introduction by Philip Roth my favorite writer of all time. Richard Stern has all the qualities and similarities that Philip Roth would find in common. He states that he's a long time friend of Stern's and after reading Other Men's Daughters I really hope that this is just the beginning of the world getting to ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Roth wrote the Introduction; Doniger the Afterword in this reissued NYRB classic. Their individual appreciations of Stern's art cocoon this beautiful story for the reader, with gentle, humble praise and thoughtful, insightful critique. Simply put "This is the best novel about divorce and the anguish of a lost family that I have ever read."--Wendy Doniger

Highly recommend.
Robert Wechsler
I found myself tripping over Stern’s stylistic eccentricities and finding the stock professor-student affair both dull and unbelievable. I didn't make it much past page 50.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of wanted to hate this at times, but then I kind of ended up liking it a lot. Story of a crumbling marriage in the Cambridge/Harvard milieu of the early 1970s.
Vikash (
So, here is a book that is not talked about with the hype that it should have!

'Other Men's Daughters' is an exquisite commentary on the loss of love - love of a family. Here we have a successful Dr. Meriwether who falls for a Lolita - Cynthia. But, she differs from Humbert's by a few attributes - Cynthia isn't related to the Doctor neither is there any forced physical intimacy between the two.
The story is about an insatiate Meriwether who tells his wife that the love had "started with sex". Thi
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I hadn't just finished Paul Theroux's My Secret History, recently, I could easily say Other Men's Daughters is the best book I've read in months -- years, perhaps. I'm not gonna pit one against the other; they're both masterfully written, though I must admit the Stern novel shows more emotional depth. That, however, doesn't make My Secret History a second-place finisher. It's a dead heat.
Justin Hall
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. If you like Philip Roth you’ll love this. Like Roth says in the introduction, it’s THE novel of the 1960s.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a reprint of a novel originally published in 1973, although its themes and message remain timely and not dated.

Robert Merriweather, the latest scion of generations of New England Merriweathers, is a physiologist. At Harvard, so you know he's smart. His wife, Sarah, described as "a stocky little dynamo," has turned from a woman who would have sex with him in the same bed in which her roommate slept into a woman who won't have sex with him at all. She's become embittered, upset that her ow
Jeff Buddle
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, here we have it. A middle-aged college prof (40-something) is seduced by a young (20-something) beauty. His marriage is all-but-over anyway, so it must be love, right? Well, it Robert Merriweather's case, it actually is love. The young, and utterly gorgeous, Cynthia Ryder seems to be his soulmate. Lucky Merriwether, amiright?

Problems occur when Merriwether's wife finds out about the affair. Sure, the marriage is running on fumes, but there's a family involved. In fact, there's a daughter tha
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He sipped, sat in the last menacing of the chairs, and said that much as he would like it, no relationship was possible for them, every relationship between heterosexual man and woman could only progress and what progress was possible for them?” read one of the early passages of the novel. A married middle age man falling for a young woman —an old formula that mostly ends up in tears.

But reading how Richard Stern peels off layer upon layer of his protagonists, through a third person point-of-vi
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How one can try to “intellectualize” or find an explanation for everything, down to physiology and chemical reactions, but feelings and life overrides anyway.
How life can sometimes feel so impossible to live right when you’ve made consequent decisions to a certain circumstance, even after many thoughtful considerations.
Intellectual pursuits of obscure topics: reminds me of the conversations overheard in Call Me By Your Name. Is this a lifestyle one actually wants? What is the point of it all — i
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