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Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell
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Oct 13, 2010

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I go back and forth on this. Is it a great achievement of sympathetic yet ironic craft? Or is it an okay goy version of Roth's 'Goodbye, Columbus'? Is it masterfully subtle (compared to, say Pynchon), or eye-rollingly heavy handed (compared to, say, Yates)?
No matter what, the fact that the same author has also written a book called 'Diary of a Rapist,' and a novel of the crusades in which the characters, so I hear, speak in archaic English, means that I can't do otherwise than respect Connell's range. But I suspect that this will fade from my memory in a way that Goodbye, C; Gravity's Rainbow; or Yates' short stories will not. Hence three stars, subject to revision.

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