All The Best People Author:Sloan Wilson This novel was written by the author of The man in the Gray Flannel Suit as well as other popular american novels.Its a love story but much more as it traces the lives and love of David Campbell and Caroline Stauffer the heirs of two aristocratic families through their youth in the resort area of Lake George Ny and their subsequent life through ... more »the Great Depression,WW2 and the period following.« less
Though all of Wilson's books are rather dated, I enjoy the time-capsule feel of them. Most of them follow similar themes: wealthy men and women unhappy and unfulfilled with adulthood but not unfulfilled enough to give up that nice sailboat. Most of Sloan's characters come from a privileged background (much like Sloan's was I imagine). Nursemaids and cooks are very common in Sloan's world, even for a family of four.
All the Best People wasn't really any different. Lots of martinis and cigarettes are consumed while talking to shrinks and trying to figure themselves out, all the while becoming wildly successful and wealthy. I don't think Wilson could imagine characters without money.
Dana and Caroline,are not very sympathetic characters. They become rather annoying going through the same old arguments. Though life on the surface always seems rather good, Sloan's characters are forever unhappy. They should try doing without all that money and see if they enjoy life any better.
Never the less, as I said I enjoy his books, probably for exactly some of the reasons I dislike them; characters and a time which no longer exist.