We Think the World of You

We Think the World of You

Book - 2000
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This powerful short novel, with its extraordinary mixture of acute social realism and dark fantasy, was described by J. R. Ackerley himself as "a fairy tale for adults." Frank, the narrator, is a middle-aged civil servant, intelligent, acerbic, self-righteous, angry. He is in love with Johnny, a young, married, working-class man with a sweetly easy-going nature. When Johnny is sent to prison for committing a petty theft, Frank gets caught up in a struggle with Johnny's wife and parents for access to him. Their struggle finds a strange focus in Johnny's dog&--a beautiful but neglected German shepherd named Evie. And it is she, in the end, who becomes the improbable and undeniable guardian of Frank's inner world.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2000, c1960
ISBN: 9780940322264
0940322269
Branch Call Number: FICTION ACKERLEY
Characteristics: xiv, 211 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 31, 2016

Very droll, very dry (and a little boring) novel by J.R. Ackerley, whose other books are non-fiction. Published in 1960, it is an early example of a book dealing with a homosexual relationship. You might also like his book about his dog, "My Dog Tulip." Ackerley called this "a fairy tale for adults."

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