WHAT A WAY TO GO by Wright Morris
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What A Way To Go is a light and delightful novel. For twenty years now Morris has been writing original and often very funny books for a small, enthusiastic audience. There is no one else like him and this book is a very Wright Morris kind of love story cum travelogue. Arnold Soby, 47 (""he did not age so much as he dated""), a teacher at an eastern girls' college, takes a trip to Europe. On ship board he meets two school teachers, Miss Throop and Miss Kollwitz, who are going to meet Miss Throop's 17-year-old niece in Italy and go on to Greece with her. According to plan, Soby meets them in Venice and his fate is determined. The girl is a mixture of American teenager, will of the wisp and White Goddess to Soby, but to one or another of the ""mature"" men who also admire her she is Ulysses' Nausicaa, Primavera and Miss Liebfraumilch. He goes along with the Throop group to Corfu, Athens and Rhodes. From the swarm of travelers that surrounds the four eccentric Americans there emerges a wonderfully drawn set of oddities, German, Italian and Swiss. There are several levels on which this book may be read, but the most obvious thing about the book is its aura of rather surprised joy- a quality which sets this novel off from the rest of Morris' work. Coming, as it does, as the first novel since Ceremony at Lone Tree, mellow and ironic, this may be Morris' break-through novel reaching the large public that it (and he) deserves.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1962
ISBN: 0803258623
Publisher: Atheneum