Samuel Kaplan

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The less said about [The Fun of It] the better…. John Neufeld has written a soap opera about a 37-year-old recent male divorcee who finds happiness with a 23-year-old former flower child "with a dark past." The writing is simple and the story is simpleminded. Among the cliches of singlehood abused here is a grasping former wife, desire for a child, reliance on a faithful confessor-secretary, female of course, and a romance with a woman/child….

Families and couples step aside. It is now apparently time for singles to be exploited. (p. 4)

Samuel Kaplan, "Single for Better or Worse," in Book World—The Washington Post (© 1978, The Washington Post), June 4, 1978, pp. 1, 4.


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