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message 1: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Ahahaha I knew people who were assigned that book in high school, presumably as a Dreadful Warning. It gets a somewhat lengthy treatment in 'A Book of One's Own,' as does 9 1/2 weeks.


message 2: by Manny (new)

Manny Assigned in high school. I don't know what to say, except, I guess I should have anticipated that.

I have a considerably higher opinion of 9 1/2 weeks. An undervalued retelling of the Cupid and Psyche story...


message 3: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Manny wrote: "Assigned in high school. I don't know what to say, except, I guess I should have anticipated that.

American high schools! Makes me glad I never went to one.

An undervalued retelling of the Cupid and Psyche story...

Ha, I hadn't thought of it that way! I read it in college at 17 and was TERRIBLY SHOCKED. Then I reread it again a couple of years ago (I think because of the Francine Prose foreword, which was very good) and was like 'ehhh hmmm.' Partly this was because I actually met people more into S&M who rolled their eyes at it (particularly the end where she drowns in her own tears and we are given to understand her sex life after that is forever vanilla and dull). Also, the movie sucked.




message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I believe (I refuse to go check) that Alice is not the unnamed narrator, but perhaps a minor character who gets one mention.


message 5: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Shoshanapnw wrote: "I believe (I refuse to go check) that Alice is not the unnamed narrator, but perhaps a minor character who gets one mention."

That's true, I remember that....the narrator isn't named, but at some point she talks about seeing someone named 'Alice' when she's stoned (I think) and it's totally unclear whether she's referring to herself in a dorky way, or stoned out of her head, or if there's another girl named Alice. I think most people think of her as Alice because for one thing it's hard to read a first-person narrator without thinking of a name, Du Maurier notwithstanding.




message 6: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Alice is barely even in the book; I was assuming the title was a reference to the Jefferson Airplane song White Rabbit.


message 7: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I love how you're reviewing books you've read before I was even born!

I read this one in middle school as well but I don't remember much about it. I even added it to Goodreads awhile back, but then I was overwhelmed with shame and deleted it . . . and yet I did not delete this one Pimp: The Story of My Life.




message 8: by Kristen (last edited Jan 15, 2010 03:26PM) (new)

Kristen Miriam wrote: " I was assuming the title was a reference to the Jefferson Airplane song White Rabbit."

You want me to throw this thing into the tub when 'White Rabbit' peaks— is that it?



message 9: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu Luckily, I've never had to read this. Love you/hate you/miss you, high school...


message 10: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Kristen wrote: "I even added it to Goodreads awhile back, but then I was overwhelmed with shame and deleted it"

If we're going to get into trashy reading there's Steffie Can't Come Out to Play, oh, Lord.




message 11: by David (last edited Jan 16, 2010 08:26PM) (new)

David Katzman My version:

- Did you do drugs?

- Uh, yeah...did and do still sometimes.

- So are you dead? Did you die a miserable death in your early 20s?

- Well, obviously not. I'm standing right here talking to you, and i rarely even get a cold let alone a case of death. I quite like some drugs and have no interest in others.

- So you feel an irresistible craving for them?

- No, not really. I feel a mild craving for them, but the partaking is infrequent.

- Well, i'm sure you're an exception. I'm trying to help people, you know? To the extent that a fictional character can help people.

- Eh, well. I think it's a bit dangerous to exaggerate the danger of drugs because then when people find out that some drugs don't really cause them any problems...and they realize that the whole "reefer-madness" style of teaching is a lie...(in particular, for a young person) then they might try some of the really dangerous stuff, like heroin. I think it's always better to be honest about these things.

- Oh yes, okay. Well, you must be right. I almost forgot, tell your son to read me.

- Um, i don't have a son.

- Never mind. Stop by sometime and we'll have a few drinks and talk about classic trash literature.

- Drinks? You do know that alcohol is a drug, right? And more people are destroyed by alcohol (which can be addictive) then are by pot. Actually FAR more.

- Oh. Well. Never mind then.

- Sounds good! Bye!

- Bye!


message 12: by Kristen (last edited Jan 16, 2010 11:02PM) (new)

Kristen Moira wrote:If we're going to get into trashy reading there's [book:Steffie Can't Come Out to Pl..."

Looks good but does it come with a handy glossary of prostitute terminology because that was the best part of Iceberg Slim's lovely book . . . for example did you know that "bottom bitch" means the top prostitute in a pimp's "stable". . . 15 years later and I still remember that.

What is wrong with me?






message 13: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Kristen wrote: "for example did you know that "bottom bitch" means the top prostitute in a pimp's "stable""

I DID NOT know that. And here I thought Soul on Ice was bad, Lord.




message 14: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 25, 2010 06:17PM) (new)

Pimp, Mama Black Widow--I read 'em all. A new generation has learned what "bottom bitch" means from an episode in the previous season of South Park.


message 15: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Clearly due to my youth I have missed out on a staple of cultural identity for a certain generation.


message 16: by Jen (new)

Jen Knox hahahahahaha. i was thinking about reading this due to sheer curiosity, but i think the gist.

Ohioans still assigned it in middle/high schools when i was working at B&N a few years back.

it's curious business, these required reading lists.


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica T. hilarious!


message 18: by Manny (new)

Manny Thank you Jessica!


message 19: by Sangita (new)

Sangita Mazumder Urghhhh... Books like these are made for one sole purpose-ruin the beautiful childhood memories built by another book with a namesake heroine.


message 20: by Manny (new)

Manny I'm not sure that was the only purpose. But you're right, they should have thought about the collateral damage.


message 21: by Sangita (new)

Sangita Mazumder Manny wrote: "I'm not sure that was the only purpose. But you're right, they should have thought about the collateral damage."

You are right, that was not the only purpose, but you can imagine how a fan's emotion could get blinded sometimes. I am not saying it was bad, but I don't think I'd ever read this one or any book that has a similar summary. Thanks to your reviews, I try to be more selective now:)


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