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Comment: Sun Dial Press Reprint Edition 1946. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Pages are in good condition with some tanning due to age. Hard cover shows heavy wear around edges and corners.
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Boston Adventure Hardcover – 1944

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company; First Edition edition (1944)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,469,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have to confess that Stafford was a writer who I only knew of because of her famously stormy relationship with Robert Lowell. When I saw one of her books available second-hand, I was delighted to finally have the chance to read some of her work.

Boston Adventure is the story of Sonie Marburg, a young girl who grows up on the seaside longing for the calm and cool lights of Boston. Where most young girls want love and adventure, Sonie only wants to be a prim old maid just like her idol, Miss Pride of Boston. Miss Pride is a regular summer guest at the hotel where Sonie's mother works, and Sonie longs to belong to her, go home with her, be part of her family. Her own family is not what it should be. Her mother is a mad Russian who lives in a constant state of resentment against men and her life in America. Her father is a German cobbler, weak and eventually ultimately absent. Nothing about her own life, her parents' passion and beauty, appeals to her.

Eventually Sonie gets what she wants (or thinks that she wants). She goes to Boston with Miss Pride as her Ward and companion. As you expect, what she finds there is not exactly as she imagined. The major themes in the story: class and identity, the American notion that talent/intelligence can lift you above your born station, immigration, madness, the different kinds of desire. If there's a one sentence point that I could distill, it would be something like a meditation on how every choice has a price.

I am really interested, now, to read the short stories by Stafford. I really loved this book, but it wasn't perfect. There's something a little bit odd about the pacing-- particularly in the Boston section. It is almost as though having gotten Sonie to Boston, Stafford had a difficult time with her life there.
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