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Book Title: De groep|
Date of issue: 2011
ISBN 13: 9789029576000
The author of the book: Mary McCarthy
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 317 KB
Read full description of the books De groep:I can remember my Dad's married sisters discussing this book (they were voracious readers always) in the 1960's. I was determined to read it and finally got hold of it in 1967 when I was studying to be a Catholic priest. My Student Director immediately confiscated it, so I knew its reputation was still going strong.(He didn't see my two volumes of Nietzsche I'd also bought with money my Mum had given me for my 20th birthday - I'd only bought them because I'd already seen him confiscate a Nietzsche on the grounds that it could destroy one's faith and I was already seeing large holes in the Church's fabric myself!!) I mentioned what had happened to my History tutor, a Russian woman, at Adelaide University(South Australia) and she gave me her copy of McCarthy which I still have.
I have read it three times (2007 was the last time) and seen the movie several times, a very faithful rendition.
This book is so eloquent and dry and upfront and honest. All of these make it totally outrageous but dreadfully refreshing.(How many books do this???) And not missing are McCarthy's wit and humour.
It makes me believe in intelligent Americans in a way that Sex and the City doesn't.
It's sad to notice that there is only one American male on this site.( Well done, Dave!!!) Aren't they interested in the experiences of their women? Great to see another generation of women responding to this great author.
By the way, I never became a priest.I left the monastery two years later an atheist. And I never read the Nietzsche - it was too difficult. I still have them though...like a symbol!!
I have two copies of "The Group" now...one to lend out and the one given me by my Russian tutor in History, the sentimental memory copy!!!
And I'm looking forward to another reread of The Group.
Cheers from Wayne,Sydney.
PS.Have any of you folk read another magnificent American woman, Janet Flanner, Paris correspondent for the New Yorker?
5 YEARS LATER:
"The Group" came back into my TV Life a few weeks ago...a long time since I had enjoyed the film
and did so again. When I wrote this review on 4th Feb 2011 there was only one other male reader.
Since then there have been many others which is GREAT...but, of course, overwhelmingly women
are the main readers. I'm curious to know if this book is read as an important part of American Lit. on College or Uni Campuses...or is it still scandalous for being upfront ??
And I never thought to mention Lakey whose presence must have added to the book's scandalous reputation. In these days of Marriage Equality she takes on a Very Modern role in a book set just before WWII. But of course Gay men and women have always been living as married couples...why would they ask for anyone's permission??? Lakey has the last word in the novel...and she socks it to its Meanest Man. The scene is done to Perfection in the Film. It was Candice Bergen's first role...and definitely NOT her last. Hope You All get a chance to see it.
And I'm glad my review has been enjoyed by many readers. Thanks !!
Read information about the authorMary McCarthy (1912–1989) was an American literary critic and author of more than two dozen books including the 1963 New York Times bestseller The Group. Born in Seattle, McCarthy studied at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated in 1933. After moving to New York City, McCarthy became known for her incisive writing as a contributor to publications such as the Nation, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps (1942), initiated her ascent to become one of the most celebrated writers of her generation, a reputation bolstered by the publication of her autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in 1957, as well as that of her now-classic novel The Group.
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