ISBN: 0451219147
EAN13: 9780451219145
Language: English
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 6.6" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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   Early Johnson
The setting of the California upper- class housing development is used in this early novel by Diane Johnson. The eccentric post- hippies and pre- yuppies who migrated there in the 70's are its characters. The events of one day in broad social comedy that still contains seeds of insights into the dynamics of marriage are covered in the story. It examines in a sometimes successfully comic way the bureaucracy of child welfare services, the madness of some medical practitioners, and the disaffection of suburbanites. The book is not as refined, subtle, or enriching as Le Divorce, but it is a product of the author who was 30 years younger. It's best for ardent fans of Johnson.
   It's inspiring to see how far she's come since Burning.
I found Le Divorce to be very compelling and well written. I read some of Johnson's other works. I completed my final exam and bought Burning to reward myself. That is a gyp. The book is disorganized and not focused. The plot just meanders pointlessly because the characters are poorly drawn and unconvincing. If you compare this to Le Divorce, you have no choice but to conclude that even the most unpromising works can give way to later victories.