The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson; The Young Lovers, by Julian Halevy
The Man In The Gray Flannel Surr is about the America of real estate ads and New Yorker stories, whose good-looking, poised, casual heroes get along with their bosses and neighbors, but are victims of creeping gripes and numbness at home. The Young Lovers is about a more unruly, naive, and erratic America that pitches its hopes and disappointments high, lives on nerve, jokes, and coicidence, and squeezes the most out of each situation. Wilson’s language is understated, sporting, fighting to maintain a kind of surface integrity; Halevy’s is like the buzz in a college corridor: corny, articulate, palpitating, and heated. If both novelists harp on the tension and insecurity of the modern temper, they are opposite as mercury and glue otherwise.
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