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In Love (Peter Owen Modern Classics)by Alfred Hayes
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She had a tiny scar over the ridge of one eye . . . She knew a dozen words in French; she had never learned to drive a car; I measured her once, against a wall, kissing her for every twelve inches and she was five feet, four and a half inches, without her shoes on.
Fifty years ago, Alfred Hayes was regarded as one of the most interesting and original American novelists, and he deserves to be better known today. In Love is set in the Manhattan bar scene of the 1940s and reads like a Edward Hopper painting. A middle-aged man tells a young woman on an adjacent bar stool the story of his last love affair: a relationship in the thoroughly modern sense, full of misplaced lust and misunderstood emotion. He depicts the boy of his tale as moody and evasive, the girl as even worse. It was a mostly erratic affair, downbeat, dysfunctional, and on the brink of sinking without a trace until an unscrupulous millionaire intervened. The ensuing turmoil will be recognizable to anyone who has fallen into and then out of a relationship. This tale is as much an indictment of love as an elegy to it, an examination of heartbreak rather than the heart itself.
A powerful novel, telling of a middle-aged man who falls in love with a young divorcee who lives alone in a tiny, untidy apartment in the New York of the 1940s. Here, he visits her, erratically and not always happily. All is soon inexorably overturned when a rich interloper comes between the couple with an indecent proposal-a thousand dollars for a night.
About the Author
Alfred Hayes was born in London. He grew up and went to school in New York where he later worked for a time as a newspaperman, magazine writer, and radio hack. After joining the army in 1943, he served with the U.S. forces in Italy. While in Rome he worked with Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini on the film Paisá (1946). He returned to the United States in 1945 to work in Hollywood.
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