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The Company She Keeps Paperback – January 13, 2003
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The book covers the prewar period with the infighting on the left and the politics of Trotsky and Spain, the coming war and sexual freedom. McCarthy writes with incision and great wisdom, mocking, mourning, and loving her characters all at the same time.
The only problem with the book is that it was originally not a book at all, but several short stories on a theme. As such, it hangs together remarkably well, but before I knew that it had been short stories first I was already puzzled by some of the abrupt jumps and breaks.
This is the first Mary McCarthy I've read, but I will certainly be reading more. Highly recommended.
The chapters and characters in the book (except for Miss Sargent) are all very different. They draw on the author's mixed Protestant, Catholic and Jewish descent. They are also a fascinating "period piece" about the USA just before the Second World War, and before another McCarthy jumped down on Marxists and Communists. The book is well written, if somewhat verbose by modern standards, and the characters well drawn. The final chapter, "Ghostly Father, I Confess" is a bit too self analytical and involved, perhaps, but interesting none the less.
In summary, the book is worth reading.
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An unblinking gaze cast upon everyone, including herself. I swear I heard chords first struck by Evelyn Waugh in some of her passages, but McCarthy's project was different from his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by rhatican
It is very disappointing when you get a book as bad as this. Very boring. Hated the way it was written. Did not even get through half of this book. Do Not Recommend.....Published 21 months ago by Donna Lanza