Book Reviews of Memoirs of Hecate County (Nonpareil Books)

Memoirs of Hecate County (Nonpareil Books)
Memoirs of Hecate County - Nonpareil Books
Author: Edmund Wilson
ISBN-13: 9780879233150
ISBN-10: 087923315X
Publication Date: 7/1980
Pages: 459
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Publisher: David R Godine Pub
Book Type: Paperback
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In 1947, this book was "taken to court" as "An obscene book in violation of 1 of section 1141 of the Penal Law....would tend to deprave or corrupt those whose minds were open to such immoral influences."

This is now an acknowledged classic and John Updike says it "remains a work of exemplary merit, still the most intelligent attempt by an American male to dramatize sexual behavior as a function of, rather than a suspension of, personality." I found it to be quite a fascinating read. The narrator is fixated, fascinated, and frustrated by women. His emotional state fluxes with his experiences of the hour - and his own imaginings lead him along in life, always in search of his next sexual experience.