Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Gentleman's Guide to Gracious Living

Advertised as a novel of manners, this book reminded me of Richard Ford's trilogy about Frank Bascombe and the trials he encounters as his life changes due to a change in marital circumstances. Unfortunately, Dahlie's "hero," Arthur Camden is very hard to root for. All his misfortune seems to be a complete consequence of his doofus-ness. While the world of very rich New Yorkers is often fun to read about, this novel of manners mostly left me wishing I was reading Edith Wharton or re-reading Richard Ford rather than entering the world of Arthur Camden.

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