Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Goodbye and Good Luck." Grace Paley.

One-minute review. Jewish. Told in the Jewish vernacular. Aunt Rosie tells her niece about her life. She must have been good looking. She attracted a number of men and also the eye of the well-known Russian-Jewish actor Volodya Vlashkin. She stayed with him in an apartment for many years. Did she sleep with him? Probably. She never says so directly, but there are clues.

She and he get along well together until she meets his wife, which she had not known about, and she walks away from the relationship because “I’m no homebreaker.”

After he is retired and he’s around the house all day, his wife learns about Rosie and they divorce. This time he reunites with Rosie and they are about to be married. So she tells the niece to tell her sister, her niece’s mother, “Goodbye and Good Luck.” And she is off to be married because “she’ll have a husband, which, as everyone knows, a woman should have one before the end of the story.”

Comment: The language of the narrator is interesting and entertaining. RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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