Monday, June 21, 2010

In Praise of Older Women

Penguin's recent reissuing of Stephen Vizinczey's classic In Praise of Older Women (1965) has generated a number of interesting - and largely positive - reviews. I've just finished the book and found it, well, I found it fun. Vizinczey writes in a clear, refreshing style, addressing sexuality via short, insightful sketches. And while the novel is not in the same league as Tropic, for instance, or Durrell's Black Book, it does offer a distinct vision of the erotic, casting it as the product of lust, deception, and, at last, regret. For more on this wonderful (and wonderfully short) novel, check out a piece in The Globe and Mail.

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