Sex and the city book review
“Is There Still Sex in the City?” and the Decline of a Particular Fantasy Life | The New YorkerOr are we just kidding ourselves? This book is not quite what it seems. And that turns out to be a pleasant surprise. There is very little sex in this book or in the lives of the fiftysomething single women depicted , but there is a lot of chat among seemingly wealthy women about not having enough money as they approach a retirement that will probably never arrive; about feeling lonely and friendless; about struggling with envy for the lives of others; and about coming to terms with the cruelty of the ageing process. Fun times, guys! Thankfully, this book mostly reflects those strengths.
Is There Still Sex in the City? Reviews
In the early 90s, Candace Bushnell was a thirtysomething woman in New York who, according to her friend Jay McInerney himself no party slouch , "was doing advanced postgraduate work in the subject of going out on the town". She didn't have to sleep on foam for much longer. The columns shimmered with in-the-know details about a very particular Manhattan set, such as men who worry about which interior decorator to hire for their private jet and women who install CCTV cameras to spy on their child's nanny. And Bushnell, despite her financial straits, was absolutely part of this set. Oh yeah — one of those! There is no other kind in Bushnell's world.
I had an image in my head of what a Candace Bushnell essay would be like. Then I read some of the original Observer pieces, which were tough and unsentimental, even caustic. The irony here is that the show itself was often more subtle than the articles its heroine was supposedly writing. The voice is chatty, descriptive but not judgmental. The anthology has some pathos in its bones.
Now Candace is back — older and wiser, but still with an eye for a guy. He takes the time to reply to a huge range of correspondents, no matter how unhinged Unfortunately, Corthorn never quite escapes the archives in which he has laboured But what happens when the cornerstones of that cosmopolitan life - love, work, the city that never sleeps - fall aprt? In her new memoir, the woman behind Carrie Bradshaw explores the fallout of her failed marriage, the death of her parents and her disentachment with New York City in her signature skewering style.
Is There Still Sex in the City? By Candace Bushnell. Sometimes it can be fun to wonder what became of our fictional heroines. Did Elizabeth Bennet move into Pemberley and discover that her prejudice and her pride were well founded when Mr. Darcy turned out to be a stuffed shirt with anger-management issues? And what of Carrie Bradshaw?