Cabot Wright Begins

Cabot Wright Begins

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Cabot Wright is a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and scion of a good family. He also happens to be the convicted rapist of nearly three hundred women. Bernie Gladhart is a naive used-car salesman from Chicago, who -- spurred on by his ambitious wife -- decides to travel to Brooklyn and write the Great American Novel about the recently paroled Cabot Wright. As Bernie tries to track down Wright in Brooklyn, he encounters a series of bizarre and Dickensian characters and sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2013
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9780871403520
Branch Call Number: F Pur


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Jul 02, 2018

"Now Cabot was alone again with his non-self. Loneliness feels so good after the mythic contact with the social."
This is a strange book. According to Susan Sontag: "Anything Purdy writes is a literary event of importance." I'd never heard of this book until recently, and it's plot is, frankly, off-putting. The title character rapes a bunch of women. I've heard it described as satire, but I'm not sure what exactly it was satirizing. It has some similarities with Mailer's provocative work of the same period, but is better written and less self-important. It's interesting without being particularly good or enjoyable.


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