What a beautiful read! 5 stars. A salute to the power of English when used by a master. His dense, economic use of the language coupled with insightful observations of the inner lives of the two main characters are a joy to experience. The author is writing for adults. No superficial broad-brush character painting; no cliches, just tight language from a craftsman’s pen. The plot is a simple one, but the main players’ lives are explored in great depth and amazing richness. Perhaps the use of such a simple plot allows the necessary space for such exploration.
Here are two young people, Harvard educated Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife Gloria, entering the savage jungle of New York and making little attempt at succeeding on their own merits as they wait for the fortune they’ll inherit from Anthony’s grandfather. Theirs is a reckless marriage, damaged by alcohol and drugs as they waste away their lives amongst the nouveau riche in the debauched nightlife of the city. Yes, their married life may be beautiful as judged by their immoral peers, but within it the core becomes a living hell.