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Life's Tumultuous Party by Marvin Cohen
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Shameless socialite and inveterate schmoozer Marvin Cohen returns with a series of paeans to living, loving and partygoing. Compiled from various published and unpublished writings on the theme over Cohen’s seven decades of writing, this collection is a sparkling bacchanal of wit and strange, swingin’ sentence structure and logical loop-de-loops familar to fans of the Marv. In ‘The Dullest Party Imaginable’ all attempts to revivify a lumpen unhappening fall flat, in ‘Being Fabulous’ the narrator ponders the merits of showiness over weirdness, and in the sublime ‘Josephine’s Literary Choice’ a bookworm enrobed in books has her revenge over an envious unliterary lover. Each tale here has Marv’s trademark Marvellousness, his precision for off-kilter metaphors and non sequiturs, and warm-hearted joie de vivre. The collection ends with an interview by Justine de Lacy from 1980, a fitting snapshot of the man whose incorrigible personality is hewn through every charming clause in this essential new collection.
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Reading Progress

June 9, 2020 – Started Reading
June 9, 2020 – Shelved
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: new-in-2020
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: merkins
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: luvvie-reviews
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: sagging-meniscus
June 11, 2020 – Shelved as: short-stories
June 11, 2020 – Finished Reading

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