Lady, lady, better run! View 1 comment. Nov 02, Zweegas rated it it was amazing. The poetry is not only clever and brilliant, it's genius. This is the best poetry in the English language. All of the short stories are good and several of the short stories achieve greatness. All of the short stories have some thread of classism connecting them, followed by the themes of gender and relationships and a little bit of racism thrown in for good measure.
Sometimes the themes and the sat The poetry is not only clever and brilliant, it's genius. Sometimes the themes and the satirical way they're presented seems a little heavy-handed -- Horsie and Clothe The Naked, etc. On the surface, it's not blood and guts and war and sex but these are difficult topics nevertheless. The underlying violence is subverted with humor. Ultimately, I don't consider Dorothy Parker's work to be humorous. Clever yes, funny no. I don't know if the themes relate to the fundamental human condition or if Dorothy Parker and I are just kindred mordant souls, but I relate to the whole book as if I had written it all myself if I were a literary genius, that is.
I know I've said that I didn't believe in such a thing as literary genius, but Dorothy Parker has changed my mind. Jul 12, Tiffany rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who loves poetry, the 20s, a woman with a sharp tongue! Shelves: poetry. I discovered Ms. Parker through the movie starring Bridgette Fonda called Mrs.
I then re-discovered her thanks to a college poetry class where I had to do a lengthy biography type project on her, and I became fascinated. She led a fascinating, if tragic, life, and her quick wit and sharp tongue show through in much of her writing. Her poetry is I discovered Ms.
Her poetry is by turns touching and amusing. I quite enjoyed reading everything that she has written, from the poems, to the stories, to the book reviews. Mar 29, B. Graves rated it it was amazing. I really love her writing. It's hard and strong and cynical at a time when women really weren't any of those things.
Mar 26, Marcie rated it it was amazing Shelves: words-to-live-by.
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I have read this book cover to cover, over and over. I carry it or a version with me at most times. I've passed on copies to those who wish to understand me. Parker wrote with the wit that could cut through the most pretentious of subjects. Her musings inspire me as well as comfort me. I am nothing like the author in my writing style. I could only aspire to be. It makes me happy to know that she existed and wrote a few words to prove it.
Rest your soul, you beautiful woman. Jul 27, Jenniffer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Dorothy Parker is one of the most overlooked, underated writers of her era. It is so sad that when I mention her name to someone 9 times out of 10 they only recognize "Men rarely make passes at girls who wear glasses. Nov 19, Duckie rated it it was ok Shelves: humor-like-a-fine-cabernet. A few sparkling turns of phrase won't disguise the fact that this is a compendium of works about people being generally horrible to each other. Even considering that Parker has a distinctive voice and that this approach was unusual for women authors of the time -- still, you know, there it is.
Mar 24, Rebecca added it Shelves: poetry , short-stories. She is undoubtedly an excellent writer and her characterizations are brilliant in their brevity and wealth of information conveyed. Unfortunately she is not the author for me because her poems are nearly all on the subject of depression or love and all her characters are unsympathetic.
View 2 comments. Mar 20, Renetta rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-book. Dorothy Parker is my favorite poet.
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She was dark and lonely and we've all been there. I would have loved to have sat, just one night, with the Algonquin Round Table. I have always had an appreciation for wordplay and clever wit. When they asked her to use the word horticulture in a sentence she immediately replied, "You can lead a 'whore to culture' but you can't make her think. I wouldn't want to know h Dorothy Parker is my favorite poet.
I wouldn't want to know how many I've made in this short review! Guns aren't lawful, Nooses give, Gas smells awful.
You might as well live. Symptom Recital I do not like my state of mind; I'm bitter, querulous, unkind. I hate my legs, I hate my hands, I do not yearn for lovelier lands. I dread the dawn's recurrent light; I hate to go to bed at night. I snoot at simple, earnest folk. I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type. My world is but a lot of tripe.
I'm disillusioned, empty-breasted. For what I think, I'd be arrested. I am not sick, I am not well. My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore; I do not like me any more. I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse. I ponder on the narrow house. I shudder at the thought of men, I'm due to fall in love again. Sep 11, Fei Fei rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , poetry. Changed my life as a teenager. Dorothy Parker Nov 11, Crystal rated it liked it Shelves: book-club. I'm not a big fan of poetry, so the first half of the book didn't appeal to me much.
And they got to be a bit repetitive. But, she has a unique style and was able to really make me experience what she was trying to portray. As for the stories, they were interesting in a social commentary sort of way. She had a few favorite themes that the stories seemed to revolve around, which also got a bit repetitive. Overall, though, I really admire her for writing the way she did and saying the things she s I'm not a big fan of poetry, so the first half of the book didn't appeal to me much. Overall, though, I really admire her for writing the way she did and saying the things she said - very unusual for a woman in the s.
May 18, Tricia rated it liked it. I adore her as a literary figure, and know that her writing doesn't quite live up to her image. I liked the explanation of her limitations in the movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle , basically that she never got over her mother's death and it created a mental and creative block that she could never quite overcome.
Makes sense. She herself is a loveably tragic figure, and her poems inspired me to write a decent poem in high school, and goddammit, she helped found the New Yorker, in all its I adore her as a literary figure, and know that her writing doesn't quite live up to her image.
She herself is a loveably tragic figure, and her poems inspired me to write a decent poem in high school, and goddammit, she helped found the New Yorker, in all its pretentious bliss, so god bless. Dec 23, Kristi rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Jul 31, Sarah rated it it was amazing.
Re-read of one of my favorites as a teen. Still amazing. Nov 08, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. A must-read for any young lady finding her way in the world. Nov 19, Cvillejon rated it it was amazing. Dorothy Parker is brilliant. Nov 06, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I don't mind That her poems rhyme. Apr 23, Annette rated it it was amazing. Sparkling cider, sparkling wit, sparkling Parker - this is a fun and fresh despite when it was written.
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Jul 24, Ellen Nicholas rated it it was amazing. I like the poetry more than the stories, but both are great. Jun 03, Ali Cherek rated it it was amazing. Second only to Oscar Wilde among the smartass literati. Though she has written movingly on war and our other collective failures, Jenkinson is no preacher-poet. Moral conclusions are only ever offered tentatively - always waiting, one suspects, to be contradicted. Integrity means something different to us all. Her cover remains only partly blown due, incidentally, to a scoop in this newspaper. The one thing her readers know for sure is that this is a woman of almost infuriating intelligence who has given us some of the best poems written on this island in a long, long time.
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