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The Absurdity Is - Just That It Should Be - Absurd

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There was no very logical reason why she should feel annoyed at the young man's taking the vacant seat beside her in the car. So far as she could see, there was nowhere else for him to sit. He was a perfectly presentable young man--slender, straight, intelligent-looking, perfectly well dressed without being a bit "dressed up." a

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Karla
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of vintage romance, heroines & heroes oppressed by society
A young woman on a city bus desperately tries to ignore the man who sits down beside her. He seems troubled, but she has her own problems. Her $10 a month allowance from her father is inadequate and she's gotten chewed out for charging too much to their account. She's fed up with the situation that girls of her social position are put in: learn manners and refinement (and little else), then become totally dependent on family largesse until deliberately seeking a husband of suitable income.

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Israa
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is extremely enjoyable and it is so realistic book. I like how it tackled real calamities of the society for both men and women. For a man, working as a carpenter is much profitable than working as an engineer. and for her, she gets high education, dress well and does nothing valuable in her life, she just keep waiting for marriage.

I like how the writer tackled the problems and called them 'ABSURD' bec they are authentically absurd norms of society. I like his reference to the 3 bears ( res
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Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After attempting to ignore the young man who sits next to her on a bus, a young lady meets the man again (by chance), succumbs to his harangue and eventually realises subtle similarities in their lives...
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