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Walks With Men: Fiction Paperback – June 8, 2010
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The premise starts with a young woman of 22 years going out with a 44 year-old man. Besides his being twice her age, he is married, which she doesn't know. Their relationship is based on her letting him teach her how men think. "I explain anything you want to know about men, but nobody can know I'm the source of your information." The book goes downhill from there. The young woman breaks up with her organic farmer boyfriend to live with the older man. She and the older man end up getting married and develop a pre-nup that takes into account the possibility of his future philandering.
I don't know why Ann Beattie published this book. She has such talent and has written so many lovely works. I'd skip this one.
In a masochistic moment I read it twice, and it was just as bad the second time, so I did what I have only done with one other book: I threw it in the trash. Fortunately, my nephew gave me the collected New Yorker stories which I have been reading with the greatest of pleasure, and getting the bad taste of WALKS WITH MEN out of my mouth or brain. Ms. Beattie---I implore you---don't EVER do this again. If you just need the money I will organize a walkathon or something---but with all the wonderful work behind you and, I believe, still to come, please do NOT foist trash like this again on your readers who love you.
An unflinching narrative of the razor-sharp line between self-awareness and self-delusion.
the dark passage from youth to maturity (or a semblance thereof),
from innocence to experience.
Re-read William Blake. "Fearful symmetry" indeed.
As with so much of Beattie's work, it can't really be described or deconstructed. Experience it. You may well have lived it.
And yes, she continues to be "the voice of her generation."
It reads like an extended New Yorker piece of fiction (and it may well have been, but I've just forgotten). Like many novellas, it feels disjointed and incomplete, leaving you (allowing you?) to fill in the missing pieces.
The only walking with men that I noticed was near the end, when she visits her stepfather in the South and his cronies. Maybe she was metaphorically walking with the Svengali and hippie boyfriends, too?
Something about it, don't remember what, caught my eye so I read the back and decided to buy it. I'd never read Ann Beattie before and had no preconceived notions of what it ought to be.
I enjoyed the book immensely. The minimalist style worked perfectly -maybe it helped that I was born & bred in New York City and know what a Chelsea brownstone looks like, know Gramercy Park & the other parts of the city her characters inhabit -because it allowed me to get past the trappings of scenery and focus on the characters. I'm glad Ann Beattie didn't spend lots of time developing every aspect of her characters. It forces the reader to just dive in and go with it, to take what she chooses to tell us about them for what it is and to form impressions of them based on what they do and say.
I couldn't disagree more with the other reviewers on this one.
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My favorite book of all time. Read it as a young girl and enjoyed the view of the world, and of relationships, that it offered to me.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ibid and ibid. pretty random story and I didn't care about the characters and I just....meh.
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Appeared to lack a real plot. Less enjoyable reading then her other work. Wouldn't recommend to a friend, free library pass maybePublished 22 months ago by Linda L. Baral
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