Another I, Another You (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
Best known for his work as a writer, director, and producer of film documentaries about Hollywood movies, and as a film critic for Life and Time magazines, Richard Schickel has crafted a moving and memorable novel about marriage and love in Another I, Another You, a story required by our times. He accurately depicts the relationship between a mature man and woman thrown together by the breakup of their respective marriages, showing their search together, and their searches separately, for reevaluation and redefinition in their lives.
Our society has witnessed the increasing failure of marriage, the loss of love, and the bitterness of divorce. Schickel has confronted these traumas straightforwardly in this timely and engrossing novel. His portrayal of the psychic wounds inflicted by the contemporary marital state is mercilessly honest and, thereby, instructive. There is both wisdom and humor here. There is calculated truth in the book’s jacketed subtitle: “A love story for the once married.” Certainly the narrative will have more resonance, and provide more satisfaction, for those readers who have experienced divorce. Readers who “have been there” will spot immediately, and appreciatively, the discernment which Schickel brings to his task. He shows with knowing poignance the stages, plateaus, and fantasies privy to the divorced. He shows the needs and fears, the peculiar joys of shedding an old life and an old love, and...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
Booklist. LXXIV, April 1, 1978, p. 1241.
Kirkus Reviews. XLVI, February 15, 1978, p. 201.
Library Journal. CIII, April 15, 1978, p. 900.
New York Times Book Review. April 9, 1978, p. 14.
Publisher’s Weekly. CCXIII, March 6, 1978, p. 88.
Time. CXI, May 1, 1978, p. 92.
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