All the Best People

All the Best People

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552090360
  • 9780552090360

Review Text

This is one of those superficially externalized, smoothly emulsified long-playing novels about Caroline Stauffer and Dana Campbell who grow up together in a secluded, patrician little colony on Lake George, Paradise Point, just before the depression. Their teen-age attraction to each other endures although Caroline becomes as helplessly unstrung as her mother who spends most of her time in bed. They marry just before the war; Dana does well in naval combat service; and he returns to attempt to live with Caroline for some twenty-five years of highrising success in television (his): psychoanalysis, extravagance, petulance which is close to a whine (hers); two children whom they both neglect; and finally a divorce long overdue. From the prosaic erosion of their lives, one emerges with the conviction that all the best people are just not very interesting. Although the book may well have certain popularly negotiable assets - the Sloan Wilson name, the patent vinyl gloss. In fact it will do well. (Kirkus Reviews)show more