Intertwined with the Eleanor stories are the unreliable first-person narratives of Marley Mantello. Marley, too, has serious real estate issues: "My apartment, the sublet from which I was being evicted, looked just as terrible as when I had gone out earlier--worse, even, for there was a foul reek of something fecund and feline, like the stench of old lion spoor upon the veldt."
The rest of the stories are brief thumbnails, which Janowitz calls "modern saints" and "case histories." Stabbing at experimentalism, they showcase her shortcomings--the lazy satire, the easy laugh. This author's prose seemed of-the-moment when it came out, and time has not been altogether kind. "I was startled to find him so far uptown, knowing how he usually refused to travel above Fourteenth Street, claiming it led to mental decay," says the narrator of "In and Out of the Cat Bag." This kind of observation may have seemed edgy in 1985, but has little staying power. At its best, Slaves effervesces a bittersweet nostalgia for a time when artists could still afford to live in Manhattan. --Claire Dederer
I read this book in the late 80's, I was around 19. It was given to me as a gift from a man I was dating. It is a humorous look at dating, co-habitation, financial trouble, etc. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Dari T.
The book is semi-interesting. I must confess i had seen the movie before i bought it, and loved its quirky way, and characters, so i had ALOT of pre-conceived ideas about the book. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by D. Loftus
The stories in this book describe an ecosystem existing around artists in New York during the early 80s. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by John Heard
This book is a gas! It consists of little vignettes about a cast of bizarre and shallow artsy characters in New York. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Bonnie Brody
New Yorkers vs New York.
Required reading for every social studies student.
The title is a perfect description of the contents. Read more
Interlinked stories about Greenwich Village artists in the 1980's. The shades of "Trilby" "La Boheme" and "The Moon and Sixpence" hover. Read morePublished on February 23, 2005 by D. P. Birkett
Tama, relationship are sometimes geografical a long way off...
I live in Bratislava, Slovakia
I first read this book on a train ride from Paris to Bretagne - cover-to-cover in one trip. I thought the characters were great, the images were so colorful, and I loved the... Read morePublished on March 11, 2003