C(ourtlandt) D(ixon) B(arnes) Bryan Alice Adams - Essay

Alice Adams

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["Beautiful Women; Ugly Scenes"] begins rather in the manner of Ford Madox Ford's "Good Soldier," which is to say almost at its end, with the narrator reflecting on events that have already occurred…. The "ugly scenes," then, are presented in a somewhat random, circular fashion, which is fairly confusing, Mr. Bryan not having the taut, impeccable control of Ford.

Not only are all the women beautiful, they are all under 35, and none of them have aspirations toward professions or even jobs until under duress. They have, however, wonderful breasts….

One of the narrator's problems that is dwelt upon at considerable length is that he is frigid, if that is the proper word for male...

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