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Poor George: A Novel Paperback – February 17, 2001
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The best first novel I've read in quite a long time. -- Bernard Bergonzi, New York Review of Books
About the Author
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
Top Customer Reviews
It is precisely this uneventful way of life that makes Mrs Fox's novel interesting. It is the tedious and habitual way George leads his life, the utter emptiness and uselessness of his daily activities, almost as though he were living against his own volition. An "attitude of defeat" is a description used for Emma but it may equally adequately be applied to George, an attitude also shown by his clothes which hang on their hangers "like humble effigies of himself". Even his trying to help a lost youth, Ernest Jenkins, fails because George, "the goddamned fool", can only offer him dead heroes and dead poets. But George is lucid enough to be aware that he suffers from a profound disaffection with his life. "Poor George! I guess you have as many troubles as the rest of us" says one of the characters. Indeed, it is a novel about all the troubles one has to cope with in one's dreary everyday existence, masterfully put down on paper by Mrs Fox.
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First book I've read by this wonderful author, anxious to read more of her works. Impressed with her command of the English language, I had to keep a dictionary handy.Published 4 months ago by Tom Blair
This is my favorite of Paula Fox's novels. I've read them all, more than once.Published 5 months ago by D. McPherson
If I want reading this book because I loved the author, I doubt I would've finished it at all honestly. But I do love the character insight.Published on June 18, 2013 by Chris moore