Lummox Fannie Hurst


Published: 1989


329 pages


Lummox  by  Fannie Hurst

Lummox by Fannie Hurst
1989 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 329 pages | ISBN: | 5.64 Mb

Some unnecessary plot contrivances aside, this is a remarkable novel that deserves to be read and celebrated as more than just a dated sentimental tale. Bertha is a character with the curious, enduring power to exalt us. It is not just her noble, almost maddening outward equanimity thats so powerful- her yearning and her sensuousness beat against her hulking exterior in ways that nearly all readers can relate to.And Hursts writing is full of ringing metaphors and resonant phrases (e.g., a head shaped like an egg would taste if it came out of your mouth whole is one of my favorites, but there are many others).

She works with the inside/outside tension throughout the novel and tends toward these memorable descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of touch. Its a palpable read.Lummox is also notable for portraying both the idle rich and the working poor with fair depth and a kind of a knowing variety. I liked that the class struggle aspect of the novel complemented the storys emotional force without overwhelming it, and vice versa.Again, the plotting has some flaws, but the plot arc isnt really the reason to read Lummox.

This is a case of a now-almost-forgotten popular novel that is well-flecked with literary merit and definitely worthy of having a wide audience again.

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