To The City, With Love: Volume II Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B078HZJHQB
- Publisher : Fat Dog Books (December 19, 2017)
- Publication date : December 19, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1022 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0999137026
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,852,492 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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New York is the city and the time period is the 1960’s through the 1980’s. In Part I, we meet Uncle Ben, an older man who lives in relative poverty and is still looking for women he can hustle. In “The King of the Party Circuit” Marvin is another older single man; however, he still lives at home with his mother. He keeps track of where the parties are held on weekends and not only goes to them but informs others where they will be. His existence is comfortable from his point of view. These two stories are essentially narratives of pathetic men but written in a humorous way. “The Broken Man” is also humorous with a clever ironic twist. “Mensa” offers an entertaining take on the party scene that is quite original.
In Part II, Sex and the City, we meet women like Joanna, the very good girl, while on the other end of the spectrum we have bed and breakfast Betty who explains how men must pass “The Dinner Test” if they want to sleep with her. “Dear Abby”, presenting views of the sexual revolution, is simply hilarious. “The V.D. Clinic” is also very funny. The stories in this group are both raunchy and amusing although the humor can be sarcastic and biting at times.
Stanley Noodleman is another of the older single men who lives at home with his mother and he works in the post office in an unsatisfying job. The party scene means everything to him. He has little else of meaning in his life. The author instills his situation with humor as well as pathos.
There are also two stories written in play format in this book which are quite interesting. I particularly liked “The Phone Call.”
The final group of stories, entitled “Love in the City,” is gentler in nature. Some of these stories have a romantic sensibility. Altogether the collection gives us a sense of the great variety of people that live in New York City.
The singles scene is presented in a way that would do justice to a Seinfeld episode. Slavin’s sense of humor is sharp, his intellect keen and observant. Sometimes there is a cynical edge to the stories, other times they drip sarcasm, but they are always clever and entertaining, as well as uniquely original. The stories are a perfect tribute to a great city.