We Always Treat Women Too Well

We Always Treat Women Too Well

Paperback New York Review Books Classics

By (author) Raymond Queneau, Translated by Barbara Wright, Introduction by John Updike

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  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 202mm x 14mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2003
  • ISBN 10: 159017030X
  • ISBN 13: 9781590170304
  • Sales rank: 192,766

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"We Always Treat Women Too Well" was first published as a purported work of pulp fiction by one Sally Mara, but this novel by Raymond Queneau is a further manifestation of his sly, provocative, wonderfully wayward genius. Set in Dublin during the 1916 Easter rebellion, it tells of a nubile beauty who finds herself trapped in the central post office when it is seized by a group of rebels. But Gertie Girdle is no common pushover, and she quickly devises a coolly lascivious strategy by which, in very short order, she saves the day for king and country. Queneau's wickedly funny send-up of cheap smut--his response to a popular bodice-ripper of the 1940s--exposes the link between sexual fantasy and actual domination while celebrating the imagination's power to transmute crude sensationalism into pleasure pure and simple.

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