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by David Leavitt

Category: Humor and Satire
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: David Leavitt
ISBN: 1582341885
ISBN13: 978-1582341880
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (May 7, 2004)
Pages: 224
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The Body of Jonah Boyd is a novel by David Leavitt, published in 2004, that depicts various consequences of the theft of a manuscript.

The Body of Jonah Boyd is a novel by David Leavitt, published in 2004, that depicts various consequences of the theft of a manuscript. It tells a story about the life of a common American family dealing with ethical principles, relationships and fairness (and unfairness) today. The story is perceived through the eyes of Denny, the secretary and mistress of university professor Ernest Wright, who increasingly exerts influence on the life of the Wright family.

The Body of Jonah Boyd. David Leavitt’s deliciously sharp novel is a multilayered dissection of literary and sexual mores in the get-ahead eighties, when outrageous success lay seductively within reach of any young writer ambitious enough to grab it. Martin Bauman - nineteen, talented, and insecure - is enrolled at a prestigious college and wins a place under the tutelage of the legendary Stanley Flint, a man who makes or breaks careers with the flick of a weary hand.

The Body of Jonah Boyd (2004). The Indian Clerk (2007). The Two Hotel Francforts (2013).

Viking-Penguin, Leavitt's publisher at the time, withdrew the book. In 1995, Houghton Mifflin published a revised version of While England Sleeps with a preface by the author addressing the novel's controversy. The Body of Jonah Boyd (2004).

Even though we were booked to stay at a motel for a couple of nights, I made him drive us straight to the new house

carousel previous carousel next. How To Read A Novel, A Poem And A Judgment: Yes, We Need To Learn The Art Of Reading All Over Again. Often as a writer, I want to report what media thinks of as a non-event. What passes as history today is often ephemeral. Even though we were booked to stay at a motel for a couple of nights, I made him drive us straight to the new house.

David Leavitt doesn't disappoint in this nicely woven story of Denny, a secretary to a psychiatry professor . She is bold enough to befriend the whole family including the wife and children. The Body of Jonah Boyd by David Leavitt is set in the 1960’s in California.

David Leavitt doesn't disappoint in this nicely woven story of Denny, a secretary to a psychiatry professor at a university in California in the 1960s. The story features Denny's interactions over the course of 30 years with the professor's wife, Nancy, and son, Ben, which occur at a house on University-owned Florizona Avenue. This genre busting book was deliberately uninteresting to try and wrap a story around a bunch of seemingly unconnected events.

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Ben helped me back into the house, this time the living room, where he sat me on the black sofa. My hands were still shaking. me and put them somewhere: I wasn’t sure where. Now he stood near the fireplace, glaring, his face pallid with anxiety and surprise, as if my reaction to touching the notebooks-which was akin to what one might feel upon accidentally touching a corpse-had taken him totally off guard. Yet how could this be? Was it possible that he was recognizing only now, for the first time, the.

He lives in Gainesville and teaches at the University of Florida. Библиографические данные. The Body Of Jonah Boyd. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. It's 1969 and Denny is on her way to the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Wright's plush campus house. Denny is more nervous than usual because she has recently begun an affair with Dr Ernest Wright, a psychology professor who happens to be her boss. Needless to say, Ernest's wife Nancy doesn't suspect dowdy Denny of seducing her husband and continues to treat her more like a servant than a friend.

The brilliant new novel from an author The New York Times has called "one of his generation's most gifted writers."

It's 1969, and Judith "Denny" Denham has just begun an affair with Dr. Ernest Wright, a psychology professor at Wellspring University, who just happens to be her boss. But her position in the Wright household is not merely as a mistress. Ernest's wife, Nancy, has taken Denny under her wing as a four-hand piano partner and general confidante, although Denny can never seem to measure up to Anne, Nancy's best friend from back east. Ernest's eldest son has fled over the Canadian border to escape the draft, while his only daughter has embarked on a secret affair with her father's protégé. The remaining son, Ben, is fifteen, and as delicate and insufferable as only a poetry-writing fifteen-year-old can be.

That autumn, Denny crosses the freeway that separates Wellspring from its less affluent mirror image, Springwell, to spend Thanksgiving with the Wrights and their assortment of strays, including two honored guests: the eagerly anticipated Anne and Anne's new husband, the acclaimed novelist Jonah Boyd. The chain of events set in motion that Thanksgiving will change the lives of everyone involved in ways that none can imagine, and that won't become clear for decades to come.

Hilarious and scorching, David Leavitt's first novel in four years is a tribute to the power of home, the lure of success, the mystery of originality, and, above all, the sisterhood of secretaries. Flawlessly crafted and full of surprises, it is a showcase for Leavitt's considerable skills.

Comments to eBook The Body of Jonah Boyd: A Novel
When David Leavitt published FAMILY DANCING in the l980's, I was convinced that he would be our next great gay writer as that book of stories was so brilliantly written. I have read everything that Mr. Leavitt has written since; from where I sit, nothing has measured up to his first book. THE BODY OF JONAH BOYD is no exception. I really wish I liked his fiction more. He seems to be a terribly nice person, certainly has a flair for language and often makes profound statements about the world in general. He, moreover, is most adept at character development, piling on detail after detail to make his people come alive. Here we even know what kind of purse one woman carries and what she has in it, for example. But in the end I find most of his characters not very interesting. In this latest novel, they all apparently are heterosexual. (Perhaps Mr. Leavitt is aiming for a larger audience here.) The narrator is a "fat" secretary (Denny)-- that's her description of her body, not mine-- who jumps into bed with married older men faster than she can type--certainly a little difficult to fathom. Then there's the writer who either does or doesn't get his works accepted by THE NEW YORKER, a recurring dilemma for many of Leavitt's characters.
What this novel does have going for it is that parts of it read almost like a decent mystery since Jonah Boyd's novel manuscript is missing.Yes, this book is a book is a book about books. But it has little to do with the brillance of Mr. Leavitt's early work.
Finally, whoever wrote the blurb on the inside front of the dust jacket said that this book is a tribute to "the sisterhood of secretaries." Surely he or she cannot be serious.
I read THE BODY OF JONAH BOYD in one sitting. I have always enjoyed anything Mr. Leavitt has written. He's one of those writers whose work continues to grow and evolve.
The art of the jacket of the novel is reminiscent of the cover of the first edition of FAMILY DANCING. I loved the sub-plot of the connection to houses in the novel; I too still feel a connection to my childhood home, and at age forty-five, still dream of it.
The main character/narrator is Judith "Denny" Denham, secretary at a university, and she carries this story well. She recounts the story in flashback, of her relationship with the Wright family; her affair with the husband Earnest, an academic/psychoanalyst, and her friendship with the wife, Nancy, and the children, especially the youngest, Ben, with whom her relationship takes an unexpected yet logical turn at the end of the novel.
Denny is a well-drawn character, but I was drawn to one of the lesser characters in the novel, Ben: his quirky eating habits (idiosyncrasies that make characters real) and the fact that he grew up to be a writer. I almost wished the novel could have been from his point of view, but that would have been a whole other story altogether. Denny is the right character to tell this story.
I adored the 'homage' to JANE EYRE at the end, one of my top ten favorite novels: ".... reader, I married him". Hurray for Denny!
Families and their relationships are a staple in Leavitt's writing. If you want a literary novel about families, this is the book to read.
I only have one problem with Leavitt's latest work: it is too short. When I reached the last page, I wanted more.
I admire Leavitt but agree with the reviewers who say this is not his best work. I have read all of his fiction and especially liked the earliest works--Family Dancing and Lost Language of Cranes. This novel, however, despite the easy flow of the writing, did not stir my interest. The characters weren't fully realized--and I could not conjure feelings for any of them. The plot was quick paced, but to what end? So much time was covered so quickly that I had trouble staying fully engaged. Also, credulity was often stretched to the breaking point--I never before sensed this as a problen in Leavitt's writing. I was ready to jettison at midpoint, mystery or no, but finished nevertheless.
"The homely secretary may pose a graver threat to your domestic security," confesses Judith "Denny" Denham, the homely secretary having an affair with psychology professor Ernest Wright while simultaneously befriending his wife Nancy. In spite of the adulterous tryst and the duplicitous companionship, the aloof and seemingly unassuming Denny seems to be perfectly placed to report on the soap opera of the lives of the Wright family, especially on the pivotal events during the Thanksgiving weekend when the famous author Jonah Boyd and his wife came for a visit.

This slim, multilayered novel revels in complications and surprises, especially in the way Leavitt turns on its head the notion of the unreliable narrator. There are any number of "authors" in this novel, including Denny herself, the child Ben Wright (who wants to grow up to be a writer, poor thing), the professor Ernest Wright, and the successful Jonah Boyd. You can never be sure whose story is really being told--or who is telling you the story. At one point, you realize you are reading a novel by a male author from the point of view of a female protagonist recounting the confession of a male character who, in turn, relates a biographical account told to him by another woman. (And that's before you get to the final trick revealed in the last chapter, which simply adds yet another layer to the problem of "voice.") In addition, as in the novella "The Term-Paper Artist," Leavitt deals with the very concept of authorship. Ever since he was sued for plagiarizing a passage from Stephen Spender's memoir, he has transformed the experience, profitably, into grist for his fiction.

Yet, while Leavitt may be wrestling with notions of "voice" and perspective and authorship, the prose is curiously limp. As some reviewers have noted, the narrator is best when she describes the Wright family home (which, granted, is an important aspect of the story); the humans around her are profiled somewhat generically, albeit with a few acerbic comments thrown in to spice things up. It's the old dilemma of first-person narratives: should a detached, homely secretary sound aloof and drab? We are led to believe that Denny is able to improve the prose of professors while typing their papers for publication--and given the state of academic prose, that's not hard to believe--yet her own narrative is often pedestrian and "she," as narrator, has a penchant for cliché and filler. A few sentences even begin and end with them: "It goes without saying the that at this stage Susan Boyd's feelings toward her father were ambivalent, to say the least."

In other words, a homely secretary may also pose a graver threat to your prose. Although the plot twist at the end gives Leavitt an excuse, the narrative's flatness still works against both the telling of the story and the complexity of the themes. While readers may praise "The Boyd of Jonah Boyd" for its ideas, few will admire it for its inventive use of language. In the end, what we discover is that an author often has to work with the materials and characters at hand--and can sometimes be severely limited by them.
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