Difficult Women

Difficult Women AN American young man a novelist settles in London in the early s and pursues the friendship of much older women who are either themselves literary or have entree to the literary life It is a gi

  • Title: Difficult Women
  • Author: David Plante
  • ISBN: 9780525480990
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • AN American young man, a novelist, settles in London in the early 70 s and pursues the friendship of much older women, who are either themselves literary or have entree to the literary life It is a given that these women will be complicated, stubborn, strong willed, and that the relationship between each of them and the novelist will be tricky, even suspect If this wereAN American young man, a novelist, settles in London in the early 70 s and pursues the friendship of much older women, who are either themselves literary or have entree to the literary life It is a given that these women will be complicated, stubborn, strong willed, and that the relationship between each of them and the novelist will be tricky, even suspect If this were the 1870 s, the circumstances would provide a Jamesian subtext fulfilling, only very slowly, some psychologically unforeseen purpose but as it is the 1970 s, the entire matter is at once laid self consciously before us, and we are free to decide how much or how little it all means.By Vivian Gornick

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    1. I’ve never really read anything like this book, which is in some ways as nasty as everyone says, but (to my surprise, based on the somewhat faulty advance press) is also a queer narrative, one whose sexuality is nearly completely effaced but occasionally peeks through, redemptive.The structure is simple enough: three sections on three famous women who Plante spent time with in the late 1970’s, then a totally bizarre, experimental index where he compares his 3 leads. The first section, w/ its [...]

    2. I think I read a different book than that reflected in some of the comments here. This is a tough love account, most definitely, with an emphasis on the tough part, but it is also a love-hate story, seemingly on all sides of this unlikely triad. I don't think Plante was quite done with these women - even after writing this - but the details, while specific and sometimes damning, are also compelling (and, in the case of Greer, high-spirited). Plante seems as tough on himself as on these ladies. S [...]

    3. This book tells the story of three intelligent women from the eyes of a man who is inexplicably mesmerized by their complex natures. The first woman, Jean, is a an old has-been writer who has only read a few number of books in her life. By the time the protagonist has met her, she was already submerged in a sea of senility and alcoholism. Despite her decaying mental faculties, she tried to impart cynical views about writing to the protagonist who is also a writer. The second woman, Sonia, is Jea [...]

    4. Another great addition to the NYRB collection. This memoir of 3 apparently very difficult women of literature (Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell and Germaine Greer) is amazing in its depth and its openness. Each of these women is unique in their own way and I would have read even more about them (and will dig into their novels) but I found David Plante a wee bit self-indulging. I’m still not sure the point of his invasion to these amazing subjects. They clearly are in need of someone better than the aut [...]

    5. Because he doesn't explain himself, the reader is left to decide what to make of this: morally reprehensible ormething else. But no matter where you fall in the argument, this, a "memoir" of Plante's relationship with Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell, and Germaine Greer, is an undeniably fascinating book. To me, the Germaine Greer section is extraordinary--I already know I'll reread it.

    6. As others have noted, this book raises questions concerning the ethics of tell-all accounts of “friends,” particularly friends who are dead and cannot respond to what they might have regarded as betrayal, as two of these “difficult women”, Jean Rhys and Sonia Orwell were when this book first appeared (or, in the case of Orwell, dead very, very soon thereafter). Certainly the portrait of the novelist Jean Rhys (1890-1979) does go a bit too far. That she was a pathetic drunk in her final y [...]

    7. This book is divided into 4 sections. The first 3 describe the author's involvement with, respectively, Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell and Germaine Greer. Since Plante met Rhys and Sonia Orwell in their later years, after decades of alcoholism had taken their toll on them, they come out as rather pathetic characters. Not that Plante is judgmental. For Germaine Greer, he expresses a great deal of admiration and even love. He was in awe of her phenomenal memory and ability to acquire expertise in very di [...]

    8. I was surprised to learn that my local library in North Kingstown, Rhode Island is a repository of some of David Plante's papers. He is from Rhode Island after all, so it is only fitting. Knowing how far Plante had to travel to arrive in the orbits of these three accomplished women adds an undercurrent of amazement to the author's friendship with Rhys, Orwell and Greer. I was reminded of James Lord's superb memoirs as I read, although Plante's style is more jagged and modernist. A sojourn at Pla [...]

    9. The Jean Rhys part of the book was a painful read. The rest is simply OK. It's an odd book with an odd mixture of women as the subject matter for David Plante. In the end of the read, I didn't enjoy "Difficult Women."

    10. He writes about his relationships with three difficult women: Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell and Germaine Greer. The book is respectful but a little gossipy. He took a lot of flack for the book when it was first published in 1983, but I liked.

    11. wow. what a surpriseI expected a rather snarky book w not a whole lot of emphasis on the writing ofis is JUST the opposite. Terrific to read, giving room for thoughts along the way.Absolutely enjoyed it

    12. Creepy and voyeuristic (the Rhys section particularly), but still very readable. Just be prepared to feel slightly soiled afterwards.

    13. Only really familiar with one of these “difficult” women and even then from a very specific vantage, this offered intriguing insight into how and why intelligent women think as they do and how varied even these three can be. Whole heartedly recommend to anyone of any sex.

    14. I think I came upon this book when I was writing an essay about Jean Rhys. It turned out to be unenlightening about her. Now I've finally read the rest of it, I realise that it belongs in the category 'gossip and tittle-tattle'. I'm not sure why Germaine Greer tolerated having David Plante hanging around, but I suppose she regarded him as one of the poor souls on whom she took pity. Even his own report of his contact with her makes it clear that she didn't take him seriously, so neither should w [...]

    15. First impression: this is a mean-spirited book, written by a name-dropping literary groupie. He a**-licks his way into the good graces of three aging literary icons, and then uses this intimacy to obtain the inside scoop, which he peddles to the world for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver. The women he describes in his book, Sonia Orwell, Jean Rhys and Germaine Greer, are shown in a bad light, but not nearly so bad as that in which he inadvertently reveals himself.

    16. I am about half way through this bookI found it in this wonderful hoarder bookstore in Vancouver in the basement corner. I have mixed feelings about it. We'll seeWOW! What a strange book. I am not encouraged to read more about Germaine Greer.

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