31 Oct KAFKA WAS THE RAGE A Greenwich Village Memoir. By Anatole Broyard. pp. New York: Carol Southern Books/ Crown Publishers. $ 20 May Brilliant, funny, penetrating observations on life and culture in N.Y.C. after WW II from critic Broyard, who died of cancer in (Intoxicated by. Buy Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir 1st Vintage Books Ed by Anatole Broyard (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday.

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His wife writes a note to readers at the end that explains Broyard’s wishes for the aantole that never came to fruition. He is not literal but neither is he sentimental. I cannot remember the important detail of how I came across Kafka Was the Rage in the first place.


Likewise, Moore and some readers here ajatole that Broyard’s having avoided mentioning his black ancestry makes him an unreliable narrator, or at least a cad. Sep 06, Anne rated it liked it. Sep 22, Josh Marcus rated it really liked it.

It’s true, but I didn’t really mind.

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We had kafka was the rage by anatole broyard only domestic emotions and they showed us what happens to emotions when they are homeless. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But what’s there is very good.


There was a dreary little three-floor Sak’s Fifth Avenue in the dreary downtown. Login Through Your Library. If I was a piston, she was Paul Klee’s twittering machine. In the s in New York City, everyone was ethnic — it was the first thing we noticed He was not on any Modernist, or Liberal bandwagon. I don’t think he hit the mark.

Nostalgic, quirky, rich with simile, a reflection on what it’s like to be twenty-something and in a big city, obsessed with literature and sex. It’s obvious he didn’t have time to finish it before he died.

It’s a fantastic memoir, but highly unsatisfying Broyard got sick before he completed it and could never get back to it. To ask other readers questions about Kafka Was the Rageplease sign up. I was separated from my then husband and I had accepted a job teaching in the School of Drama at Carnegie Kafka was the rage by anatole broyard.

Please provide an email address. I sometimes wonder about the value of reading angsty works, since they bring up so much in me.

Jun 24, Pages Buy. The blurbs compare it to A Moveable Feast, but I had no idea this book even existed until Broyqrd stumbled upon it in a small little indie Broyagd bookstore, which is kind of a shame. The straight-ahead narration of some key moments is good, kafka was the rage by anatole broyard Broyard is a reliable narrator — he’s got a healthy skepticism for abstraction, whether in art, music, or thought, while still marveling at the leaps forward in thought and perception — but the book really gets great when he reflects on the general tenor of the era.


But it seemed to be far more about his sexual conquests.

View all 3 comments. He was criticized for failing to acknowledge his black ancestry. I felt he was like me, in his sensibility; his likes and dislikes. I could read that kind of thing all day long, and I was prepared to do so. His account of a scuffle between Dylan Thomas’ wife Caitlin and avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren is a highlight of my year’s reading.

In the book, ragee describes living in Greenwich Village in the late forties. Once you give up attachment, you realise your kafka was the rage by anatole broyard in the perfect fit of the natural world, connected to everyone and everything. Perhaps when I’m elderly I too will claim that I never had a dirty apartment, always wore underpants, and never contemplated suicide.