A SECOND HOME by Brian Glanville


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Brian Glanville is one of the more capable younger English writers and a great deal of his competence is in his ability to synchronize backgrouuds with whatever characters he uses to reflect their sphere of influence-- Jewish in his early novels, professional sports in the last, and now the theatre today, all the way from the provinces to the West End. A Second Home, Stanislavski's line about the theatre, is actually none at all for Janet Silver; she's a transitional young woman escaping from a nudging family to an independence which she seems to grossly mishandle; there are nothing but a succession of hopeless men in her life and while she is doing very well as an actress, she is doing less well about her career. Now, she permits Roger Burns, an unattractive, importunate, querulous, failed playwright to not only move in with her but use her as a vehicle for a dismal play. The play never makes it-but Glanville who has chosen to tell his story in the first person-- a man writing as a woman-- almost pulls it off. Except for the fact that Janet, independent as she may be, talks about sex like a man and behaves that way too... Janet, in spite of her need to be victimized, attracts a lively sympathy and the professional theatre background could not be more professionally handled.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1966
Publisher: Delacorte