“A memoir of a sensualist… Sentence by sentence, it’s as beautifully precise as any contemporary American work I know.”- Pauline Kael
“If you’ve ever been young, ever lived in or wanted to live in Greenwich Village, ever loved books or sex or both, you’ll savor this memoir.”- Detroit Free Press
“Full of Broyard’s wit, compassion and rich insight… His mind, his aesthetic, his view of the world, shimmer brightly in this memoir.”- Chicago Tribune
“Seductive, ardently written…a valentine with barbs.”- Washington Post Book World
Broyard is brilliant, an elegant writer, and his story is interesting.
Though Broyard could not finish the book before his death, it is still very much a worthwhile read if you love books, sex, and the excitement of cities.
One brilliantly sunny day in July, I decided to head out to the lake to bask in the sun and read.
Paints the scene of The Village in the 40s. I feel as though I walked along with him a bit.Published 6 hours ago by amy farrell
This is not a memoir about Greenwich Village but a discussion about sex, which was a popular discussion among intellectuals in the 1940s and 1950s. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stewart Nusbaumer
Broyard's prose is delightful and his turns of phrase unexpected and imaginative. Many are worth remembering or quoting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John D
After the first few pages I got the impression that someone sophisticated enough to be the main book reviewer for the NY Times couldn't be as ordinary as Broyard paints himself. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Billek
Good enough for what it is, but nothing I would consider reading a second time.
A very quick read that provides insights into post-WWII NYC and Greenwich Village in... Read more
A Beautifully written and engaging chronicle of the early Greenwich years. Such richly developed characters make the scene come alive.Published 20 months ago by Kristen Anderson
I was interested in this book primarily as a source of background material supplemental my reading of Willam Gaddis' The Recognitions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pfritz
Having known Anatole for a time before he became ill, reading this book was like visiting with an old friend. Read morePublished 24 months ago by goldens