JULIE by Bernard Frizell


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This is a novel which has all the popular ingredients one has come to expect from a story about the fictional New York Girl -- who is always from out of town. Though basically the theme is a cliche the tone is unpretentious and, except for the ""heroine"", the characters are perceptive and do not make the mistake of taking themselves too seriously. Told from the viewpoints of the three men in her life this records the growth, if not the maturity, of Julie Jones in the big city. Julie, at twenty-one, was a knowledgeable innocent. She did not want a man, or a home or even a career; she wanted what she called an ""unconfined life"" and she saw no reason why she shouldn't have everything. Joe Zurata, a life photographer, gave her a start, modeling gave her a flair, acting a style; Bill, who loved her, gave her an argument; and Charlie whom she eventually lived with, gave her money. In many ways she got what she wanted and if she freely used her three men it was because, unlike Julie, they were willing to be used. Ending on a note which might well be a little sad, Zurata calls Julie, at twenty-five, a ""nexus of contradictions"". Composed only of her vague needs, Julie remains undefined, in a world which does not yield nameless things. Bernard Frizell is the author of Ten Days in August.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1960
Publisher: Simon & Schuster