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After Claude (New York Review Books Classics) by Iris Owens

By Iris Owens

Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude, “the French rat.” That a minimum of is how Harriet sees issues, whether it’s Claude who has simply requested Harriet to go away his Greenwich Village residence. good, a method or one other she has no purpose of leaving. on the contrary, she's going to remain and unique revenge—or might have if Claude had now not had her unceremoniously evicted. nonetheless, although moved out, Harriet isn't approximately to maneuver on. now not in anyway. Girlfriends circle round to patronize and recommend, yet Harriet merely takes offense, and it’s effortless to appreciate why. simply because mad and maddening as she might be, Harriet sees prior the well mannered platitudes that everybody else is content material to spout and reside by means of. She is an unblinkered, unbuttoned, unrelenting, and certainly bitingly humorous prophetess of all that's incorrect with women’s lives and hearts—until, in a shock twist, she reveals a savior in a gloomy room on the Chelsea lodge.

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A. agents please note. Claude was supposedly covering news and producing documentaries on the American way of life, for instant viewing in France, in order to make the inhabitants of that cemetery even more smug about their beautifully preserved plots and monuments. Claude’s reports were like riot commercials. Student riots, antiwar riots, gay-liberation riots, convention riots, prison riots, ghetto riots; in short, Democracy at work. The only faces he ever filmed were covered with blood or gas masks.

Good lord, those runts in Paris, strutting around as if they had something special to show off. It’s a blessing how they don’t see themselves. But of course, French women are positive geniuses at convincing any gnome that he’s Tarzan. I suppose they had to learn the art of flattery in order to assure the propagation of the race. ” “Oh yes,” I jumped up. ” “No. ” I handed him a fluffy towel that I myself had transported to and from the laundromat. ” Between you and me, Claude, naked, was a delightful surprise.

It was a blue tombstone floating in a red cross, inscribed, “In Memory of My Dear Mother,” and under that the precise date on which he had killed her. Needless to say, I didn’t wish to offend anyone in such perpetual mourning, so I flipped the cigarette out the window. “Good,” Claude said, with a short, nasty laugh. It was all too much, and I felt my divine patience wearing thin. ” I demanded. “Why are you being so goddamn hostile tonight? Did I ask to come to this funeral? Or, for that matter, did I ask to go to that fag movie?

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