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Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
Episode 32nd May 2023 • The Reading Cure • Dr Steven Davies
00:00:00 01:52:07

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In this third episode of the second season, Alex and Steven delve into Paula Fox's captivating novel, Desperate Characters. They explore the intricacies of the characters and their interactions with the world around them, as well as the socioeconomic conditions of New York at the time. Topics discussed include:

  • In what sense are the characters desperate?
  • To what extent are the characters' sense of being vulnerable/under attack due to their affluence, the socioeconomic conditions of New York at that time, or alternatively, is it more due to their particular individual flaws/neuroses?
  • How does one consider their future relationship prospects?
  • Is the depiction of poorer people at that time grimly realistic or misanthropic and/or somewhat prejudicial?
  • What constitutes the value of this novel - either in terms of its literary qualities or its psychological acumen?

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