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In Love Unknown Binding – January 1, 1954

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Pocket Book (January 1, 1954)
  • ASIN: B003HFF4OC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,273,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Mccarthy on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The great mistake, she said, had been our ever falling in love. We had never been meant for each other"

..."I knew quite well why she was leaving me. I had always known...

"Nobody was necessary to me, he said."

Written by Alfred Hayes, and first published in 1953, this short novel (128 pages), set in New York City in the late 1940's, is the sad yet gripping story of a failed relationship.

It failed on the man's part by reason of his constitutional inability to love..Her could be nice; he could be friendly; he could even be a 'lover,' but he could not love...As he said, "Nobody was necessary to me."

That sentence alone reveals his underlying self-absorption.

And, she, for her part, partly by reason of her first failed marriage, and partly by her innate insecurity - psychological? economic? social? - needed more, much much more than he could ever give..

What sets in motion the ultimate fracturing of their love affair was an offer she received from an affluent businessman of $1,000 for a night together...This incident set in motion endless reflection on both their parts - reflections that ultimately led to her becoming involved with that gentleman who offered her the security for which she hungered. And, ass it turned out, the businessman 'needed' her, and she needed to be needed......which was the one thing that her artist boyfriend could never ever have given her..

It is, as I said, a sad tale, and in some respects, a cautionary one as well. for the predicament that they experienced is, I believe, as current as could be.
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