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Fellow Passengers: A Novel in Portraits
     

Fellow Passengers: A Novel in Portraits

by Louis Auchincloss
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Subtitled A Novel of Portraits, this gallery of American upper-class characters reflects the acutely perceptive insight that distinguishes much of his fiction. Lineage, the right schools, clubs and marriages are of crucial concern to the matrons, debutantes, establishment bankers and lawyers whose vapid lives, as revealed in these stories, often founder on underpinnings of dark secrets and skewed loyalties. Our guide through this world of privilege and snobbery is the narrator, Dan Ruggles, who, growing up amid class-bound uncles and aunts in the 1930s, is destined to become enmeshed in the ``old boy'' network and the adult double-standard as it operates in the sexual and financial affairs of an exclusive social class. Auchincloss's urbane background in Ivy League Wall Street law makes him a virtuoso chronicler of the New York elite, and though these interrelated stories lack the coherence of his earlier, lauded novels, they are richly entertaining vignettes.
Isabel Colegate
. . .even for those of us who are denied the pleasure of identifying acquaintances, these portraits provide pleasant entertainment. . . .reminiscent of Somerset Maugham at his most urbane. -- The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816148950
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
06/01/1990
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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