The Florence King Reader

The Florence King Reader A collection of writings by the humorist author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady features excerpts from each of her books a complete novel When Sisterhood Was in Flower noted columns and book

  • Title: The Florence King Reader
  • Author: Florence King
  • ISBN: 9780312143374
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of writings by the humorist author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady features excerpts from each of her books a complete novel, When Sisterhood Was in Flower noted columns and book reviews essays on modern life and a selection from The Barbarian Princess Reprint.

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    1. I was a bit concerend with the foreword being almost unctuous in its praise - but Ms. King lived up to the intro, and then some. Southern, smart & snarky - quite a combo! Dorothy Parker/H.L. Menken meets Eudora Welty was the main vibe I got (also reminded of Sampiro over on the SDMB) while reading this collection of fiction and non-fiction - ranging from a retelling of the Lizzy Borden case, to historical romance/soft-porn to essays on (fellow) misanthropes - all equally entertaining. I am d [...]

    2. I think this book should be required reading for every adult woman. Florence compiles a series of her writings so you can see her thought process evolve during her development as a writer and a woman. A good resource for those interested in the history of the feminist movement. At times enlightening and frequently humorous. It is great look back at the transition of feminist thought.

    3. I'd forgotten how much she made me laugh. This collection has a nice variety of her writings. Sh had such a way with words. Now to find more of her books to read.I was inspired to revisit her writings after I read her obituary in the New York Times. Hers might just be the best obituary since that of Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel (Tom Lehrer fans will understand what I mean.) Look them both up - neither obit will disappoint.

    4. A bit uneven - parts are excellent and, as always erudite and well-written. Other parts just start to feel like pouty ranting. This is NOT a book to sit down and read all at once. Spread out over time, she is MUCH more effective. If you read it straight through her perplexing politics and conservative views become very heavy handed. I much prefer when she's doing her southern thing.

    5. This book is a master's class on editing your own work. Just comparing the "reader" versions of the stories, essays and even a novella, and then reading the original versions would be immeasurably helpful. However King also goes into the thought processes behind these changes and it was a revelation to me. Also read this book because it is damn funny, and so very wicked!

    6. A funny, gun-totin' dyke who wrote for National Review. I want to be Flo King when I grow up. (I made her an honorary lesbian; Ms. Kingclaims to be "bisexual".)

    7. Rereading this to get me through the discovery that Miss King died earlier this year. This large omnibus includes the whole of her (hysterically funny) comic novel When Sisterhood Was In Flower as well as selections from each of her other books. Wonderful.

    8. This is the type book you pick up to read segments of over and over--a "for women only" book--Men would be too confused

    9. This has a copy of her impossible-to-find and utterly fabulous book "When Sisterhood Was In Flower". Makes me laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh

    10. Had me howling out loud with laughter. I'm not Southern, but King makes me wish I were, if only to have such interesting relatives and neighbors.

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