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Wofford College, South Carolina eyes Yes yes I answer but actually not uite Yes because when stripping it down to its plot it is hard to avoid making it sound as yet another clich novel about a middle aged male fueled by lust andgo Not uite because it s not only the devil that hides in the details Great literature roams there too in the details in that space between bare boned plot loaded dialogue poignant Seduced by the CEO erudite observations and a carefully sketched psychological portrait of the characters who could haveasily slipped into stereotype but who almost miraculously avoid it by a large mile Miracle Of course not They are saved by Richard Stern s Cucked in Cancun (Queen of Spades Book 3) elegance and depth his fluidity and talent his commitment to understandingach of them Neither of them is an Kylmä jälki example of rarified moral high ground Each suffers of blindness of selfishness Each is capable of cruelty Each is fiercely human And the novel Well the novel is moving without being cloying Subversive in anlegant subtle analytical almost clinical mannerA book about The Last Time We Saw Marion emotional turmoil and the dissolution of a marriage About choosing between a freedom whose shape and promises are unclear and a boxed life reduced to a seuence of scripted unfulfilling steps A book about divorce but not I think an indictment of it as the NY Times called it in a review An analysis of it and anlegy to the idea of family yes but without being formulaic or accusatory without clinging to the traditional family image of the 60s as its only viable mbodiment A book about transformation both personal and societal A book that is fiercely determined to look at both humans and their lives through a non binary lens refusing to label them as good bad wrong or right and instead trying to understand the different nuances of bittersweetNot flawless but high class literature nevertheless I ve spent the last twenty four hours of my ongoing recovery from hip replacement surgery the right one reading Other Men s Daughters by Ri Just to give you a sense of what this novel is like here s an xcerpt from the book next to which I wrote are you kidding meWhen the sun speared out of a gray diarrhea of cloud it turned into script a celestial Linear B The light struck fluorite crystals sunk in the vugs uartz ite corundum beryl Merriwether himself is most of what s colored up here blue jeans red LaCoste sportshirt with the green alligator dirt blotched white sneakers Colorful but not the official climber s outfitIf you do decide to read it be warned It is full of platitudes saturated with medical terms Freud plenty of misogyny and Freud This is no Nabokov s Lolita He d had the joys and difficulties of family life he d still have some of them and always always he would watch the children to see if he could fix whatever went wrong because of what he and Sarah had done By the time you re my age love is but a combination of lust and nostalgiaAt first glance I was feeling a bit over this book Not another novel about a middle aged tiring a bit over this book Not another novel about middle aged professor tiring his life and taking up with a younger freer woman How many of those are there anyway And what would make NYRB republish this one if better known novelists have done it and kept in the spotlightThe last few years I ve felt a terrific drive in women They want they want and it s we not uite graybeards who give them the most the uickest We teach them we spend on them we show them off we tell them what Historia de arrabal everything means We re their Graduate SchoolBut it isn t just about that It s about that conflict between traditional and the new late 60sarly 70s living your whole life based on Prisoner (The Contractors, externalxpectations Georgette Heyers Regency World even if you re miserable or daring to see what might be beyond that and then suffering the very real conseuences of breaking up a family For years now as his marriage unglued Merriweather was conscious of the marital we He thought of it as an American shield against suspicion of loneliness debauchery homosexualityccentricity We went We saw Josie and I Jeanne and I Was it a proud flag of dependence or did the connubial pair The Meaning of Creation exist only as a pair as colonial animalsxist only as coloniesEven when a family is only stable on paper that s still stable than it becomes when it is torn apart relocated and separated I think Stern captures this well and doesn t pass judgement on the characters although the men are overly for my tastes focused on the physical appearance of all the female characters in the novel and often use them as reasons for doing or not doing things I suppose this was the norm in the 70s but it is jarringI feel about her the way Galileo did about the telescope My feelings for her My Brothers Keeper enlarge my feelings for other thingsIn fact I m finding I have similar feelings to my reactions to Revolutionary Road Do Iven like this book I think it is well written and captures a lot of complexity But the men see the women only by what they get from them It is decades away from partnership that s for sure Who wouldn t keep looking for something Maybe human beings who love La decisión de Stinger each other should only present their best face toach other saving their miseries for silence dark and the pillow Thanks to the publisher for providing access to a copy before its republication date through Edelweiss and then providing me an additional copy when my review copy would not function properlyPublished 29 August 2017 by New York Review of Books Attention Writers Having trouble getting published And too proud to write a vampire trouble getting published And too proud to write a vampire Well I ve made a discovery that could help you Write a book any book good or bad But for the title ah here is the trick Just combine an occupa. Harvard physiologist Robert Merriwether has four whip smart children an attractive and intelligent wife and a successful stimulating career True he and Sarah have not slept together in years and when he decides to stay behind in Cambridge for the summer while the rest of the family vacations in Maine his newfound freedom is deeply unsettling But that does not mean that Merriwether wants to change his life or feels unloved To a man of science desire is nothing than
REVIEW Other Men's DaughtersReally cared to make love to her Frigid No no than any woman with a husband who saw her as an interior broom Is it any wonder literary critic Anatole Broyard reviewing the novel for the New York Times said Sarah loves her hatred with a sexual intensity And in case anybody is wondering about Cynthia Ryder being the young innocent seduced by a smooth talking older man here is the North Carolina lovely on her teenage love life prior to meeting Merriweather Boys were there to be used to be loved to be lost in to be surmounted Virginity was the first obstacle Between that and marriage was the Era of Exploration boys men were to be Celebrity Pass explored tested For Cynthia the spring of Sixty Nine had been a sexual pageant Behind Jamie s back her steady boyfriend at the time she d slept at least once withight boys As readers we share the various and somewhat predictable scenes of Robert Merriweather going through the travails of his divorce the showdown with Sarah the distasteful meeting with Sarah s lawyer picking over the details of the divorce settlement the last family Thanksgiving and Christmas with Sarah and their two sons and two daughters in the New England house that has been in Merriweather s family for generations Richard Stern s writing brings out the touching humanness without sliding into Dirty Desire (Dread and Terrible, emotions overly sentimental or cloying Such a penetrating well written novel thus I will conclude with a uote from one of America s foremost literary masters Thomas Berger For years I have admired thelegant fiction of Richard Stern for its impeccable language its gracious Star Wars Myths Fables erudition and above all it s brilliant wit In Other Men s Daughters to me his most moving novel these ualities serve the cause of mercy American author Richard Stern 1928 2013 I don t think I ve been this upset by a novel since Philip Roth s American Pastoral which is ironic as Richard Stern the author of this novel was Roth s friend and colleague of 57 years before Stern died in 2013But I don t want to give you the impression that Stern writes like Roth He doesn t At all His writing reminds me far in fact of two British writers from the previous generation JL Carr and Barbara Comyns I don t know if Stern w I wanted to slap the protagonist a dozen times Prettyarly on my thought of him was you re such an asshole I Bill Graham Presents especially felt disgust for Merriweather when he had a young student in his daughters bedroomwhere he found the record player he was looking forA summer student at Harvard Cynthia Ryder brought over a record that she wanted DrMerriweather to hear and seduce him with Cynthia had no business being in the doctors houselet alone his daughters bedroom It got worse when Cynthia took off her shoes and put on his daughters moccasins Cynthia was going through his daughters things After Merriweather caught her she said Oh please forgive me I m so awful I just I want to knowverything about you Please forgive me WE CAN SLAP Cynthia now too I hate women like Cynthia that go after married menRegardless of what Mr Slimy doeswhere was her pride The guy not only had a wife but 4 kids Albie Prisella Esmeralda and GeorgeWe get information stories about the wife and kids too Merriweather s response to Cynthia after she apologized going through his daughter s things made me want to kick Merriweather in the balls Nothing to forgive See He s a total asshole Stay out of your daughters room Mr Shithead Take your sleazy affair someplace Calculus for Biology and Medicine: United States Edition else mr i sayi was definitely readingvery page I sayI was definitely reading Ah ! My Goddess - Tome 23 every page this book but I was swearing back at the characters many times Finally Merriweather tells Cynthia 20 years younger for which we are not surprised I think it s gone as far as it will go Should we believe himAbsolutely not Merriweather s moral thought of consciousness lasted for less than an hour I started to hate this book but kept reading The rats in Merriweather s science lab were being neglected while he was being the biggest rat of allWhen Cynthia was found naked in Merriweather s daughter bed pleading for Merriweather to lie down on his daughters bed with her of course he did as he was told And thenwe hear Dr Merriweather s inner thoughts There s a deja vu a deja vu lu about this It s sotypical The good old innocent prof who s neverven called an undergraduate by his Christian name And the undergraduate taking him by the hand leading him where she thinks she knows he wants to go Merriweather was a dirty scumbag Period Yep I kinda hated this bookYet it was very well writtenI admit to being fully The Gondola Maker engaged Our Internet has been down in our house for uite a while so I really can t be online in very long I can tven listen to an Audiobook while I m cutting veggies mixing with pasta for dinner tonight Cooking in silence is a new phenomenon Ha the Zen of silence returns Nobody has to read this book but there are some good ualities about this academic literary snobbish novel It definitely held my interest but I judged the asshole an awful snobbish novel It definitely held my interest but I judged the asshole an awful as you can seeCheers Blessings 35 rating The writing was xcellent The character study was too But it s a slimy story This is avant garde literary novel is Snobbish but alluring to keep reading Will you let me say something though About young girls A warning In a way I know the danger of classifying human beings but I ve known a lot of these girls The last few years I ve felt a terrific drive in them They want they want and it s a we not uite greybeards who give them the most the uickest We teach them we spend on them we show them off we tell then what verything means We re their Graduate School Which means they re closer to graduation through us Graduate School Which means they re closer to graduation through us that means there can be lots of tears when Graduation Day rolls around I ve been in many discussions about the attractions that some young women have for older men and the desires that older men have for younger women Most. Pected and that the joy he feels when they are together has been missing from his life for a long long time When the summer Drawing with Your Four- to Eleven-Year-Old ends and their need forach other does not fade Merriwether realizes that he is being given a chance at true love The uestion is will he be brave nough to take itConsidered by many critics to be Richard Stern’s finest novel Other Men’s Daughters is a tender honest witty and life affirming portrait of a love as transcendent as it is unlikel. Tion with the word daughter If there are any occupations left that isThere s already The Apothecary s Daughter The Bonesetter s Daughter The Alchemist s Daughter The Calligrapher s Daughter The Bearkeeper s Daughter the Printmaker s Daughter The Goldsmith s Daughter The Lightkeeper s Daughter The Farmer s Daughter there s a joke about that one too I think The Baker s Daughter The Winemaker s Daughter The General s Daughter The Florist s Daughter and The Mortician s DaughterThere s The King s Daughter and The ueen s Daughter but there s also The Warlord s Daughter and The President s Daughter Religions are covered The Preacher s Daughter The Clergyman s Daughter The Minister s Daughter The Parson s Daughter the Bishop s Daughter The Rabbi s Daughter and ven The Imam s DaughterNo profession or occupation is too obscure or unlikely The Gravedigger s Daughter The Assassin s Daughter The Memory Keeper s Daughter The Heretic s Daughter The Hangman s Daughter The Witch s Daughter The Wizard s Daughter The Mistress Daughter and The Samurai s DaughterThere s The Abortionist s Daughter which I m guessing has some irony in it Also available are The Musician s Daughter The Ringmaster s Daughter The Professor s Daughter The Merchant s Daughter The Pirate s Daughter and Ronia The Robber s Daughter Although not strictly occupations there are also The Optimist s Daughter and Wanderers Eastward, Wanderers West even The Hummingbird s DaughterSighIn the middle of a rant about Publishing for Dummies I was interrupted by a good friend who recommended Other Men s DaughtersThis is a real book And it s real goodIt s mis titled though There s only one other man s daughter involved not plural Cynthia Ryder is a lawyer s daughterual parts intelligence and Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb eroticism But the book is not fundamentally about her but about Robert Merriwether a doctor and professor lost in a decaying marriage that remains afloat only because of a shared love for his own four children Cynthia Ryder changes all that Merriwether has to make some choicesThis is a topic adultery and divorce in a place Cambridge and time the 1970s which could make a skeptical reader wonder if the author could pull it off There were a lot ofmbarrassing things in the 70s after all polyester huge Operation Cinderella (Suddenly Cinderella, eyeglasses and sideburns the Stylistics Couples This book has aged better It is about the depth of love after lossMerriwether is in an awkward spot He is brilliant yet flawed Courteous and analytical his soothing conversational style helps Cynthia Ryder is not wrong though when she calls him Creep Even the briefest character is meticulously drawn The writing has all the intelligence if not the technicolor of CooverAh but Cynthia Ryder Lounging in a denim shirt Playful disarming repartee It is hard to believe her and impossible to forget Miss Ryder was golden haired but almost Indian dark slimly full tall slightly prognathous brownyed Her hair waterfalled to the top thoracic vertebra her tanned flesh issued from a laundered yellow corolla A human sunflower Richard Stern Other Men s Daughters Other Men s Daughters American author Richard Stern s 1973 novel of forty year old family man and Harvard professor Robert Merriweather s transformation brought about by his relationship with a twenty year old beauty by the name of Cynthia Ryder For instance here s the author s description of Merriweather s wife catching a whiff of the change For months now Sarah specialized in her husband s moves She classified his gestures checked his bills noted his new suit his brighter ties the Spawn of the Winds extra shag in his hair He spent time in the lab than he had for fifteen years There is a newase in his speech and dress yet he has long since stopped asking her what she had ven longer refused him In a way this is a timeless tale of modern life older university professor stuck in a stale marriage discovers new dimensions of love and intimacy with bright vivacious younger woman Robert Merriweather shares a good deal in common with another professor from a much beloved classic William Stoner in John Williams Stoner a novel set at the University of Missouri in the arly 1930s And of course the respective dramas of William Stoner and Robert Merriweather have been repeated scores of times across college campuses ver since In yet another sense Richard Stern s novel captures the uniue social and cultural shift that occurred in the United States in the 1960s So much so Philip Roth that occurred in the United States in the 1960s So much so Philip Roth in his Introduction to this New York Review Books dition Other Men s Daughters illuminates a decisive turning point in American s The novel reminds us of where we were morally speaking when the vast assault upon convention propriety and Historias de cronopios y de famas entrenched belief began to challenge authority high and low and of the wreckage that caused the theatrics it fostered the hope anduphoria and intemperance it uickened In Saul Bellow s Herzog the ntire novel is told wholly from main character Herzog s point of view his memories his thoughts his perceptions the letters he writes a novel that s a hair s breath away from Herzog relating the story himself in the first person Very different from Richard Stern S Third Person Narrator Where Unfolding Events Are Reported s third person narrator where unfolding vents are reported great deal objectively and occasionally shift from Robert Merriweather to focus on the reflections and feelings of others Cynthia Ryder Merriweather s wife Sarah a former Harvard colleague Cynthia s father who happens to be a wealthy lawyer from North Carolina All with great precision and The Moses Riddle (Treasure Hunter economy To share a small sample here is Sarah irate and furious fuming over her role as Robert s short chubby unattractive stay at home wife He would be off the secret prowler While she kept the home fires burning And he blamed her As if her body could be purchased by three daily meals and this leaky hutch which she alone kept up He couldn t hammer a nail As if he. Biological reaction And Merriwether’s personal philosophy is that once you’re in your forties real love is nothing but lust and nostalgiaThen Cynthia Ryder walks into his life Twenty years old she is beautiful intelligent witty and kind And to Merriwether’s great surprise she wants to be with him Initially hevades her advances sure that hers is just a passing fancy But as he gets to know her better Merriwether realizes that Cynthia is mature than he first sus.