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Posted March 12, 2003
A boring book about boring people
A book about young people more interested in drinking and making out than in the constituents the men (it *is* the '50s) represent . Small in scale, there's not a trace of the uplifting or the epic to be found, just chronicles of cheap affairs and a political scandal or two. I read more then half of it to give Brammer every chance, then I quit wasting my time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2002
The frequent comparison of Brammer to Fitzgerald is apt. Like Fitzgerald, Brammer writes beautifully, his stories are affecting and moving, and he was an alcoholic. The last similarity explains, unfortunately, why he never produced another book. Still, The Gay Place is an American political fiction classic. The second novella, Room Enough to Caper, about a young liberal U.S. Senator from Texas whose nascent political career is colliding with his collapsing marriage in 1950's Austin, is the best of the three. This is a book that will make all aspiring writers feel thoroughly inadequate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2000
Classic American Political Novel
This is the second best American political novel--or series of short novels, really--after All the Kind's Men. Like ATKM, it is based on a real political figure, LBJ. Brammer writes like Scott Fitzgerald transplanted to Austin, and no one has ever done better than his picture of a legislature in action.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.