|Plot Summary of A Round-Heeled Woman|
In the fall of 1999, retired high school English teacher and Berkeley resident Jane Juska placed the following ad in the New York Review of Books: "Before I turn 67 -- next March -- I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me." This surprising and charming memoir describes both what happened next and the context of her entire life: an early marriage and divorce, her devotion to her work, her assumption for a long time that sex was over for her. Although her amorous adventures, good and bad, are the hook, what I really remember from this unique book is the chapter about teaching English reading and writing in prison (San Quentin!), and her fight to gain entry to the exclusive Berg Collection -- the holy of holies collection of Anthony Trollope manuscripts and memorabilia in New York City. This is a delightful book . . . for the open-minded reader.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
Jane Juska is a sixty-six year old retired teacher who decides she has not had enough sex and so places an ad in the "New York Review of Books" stating that by time she turns sixty-seven she would like to have a lot of sex with a man. The book then chronicles her adventures and misadventures as a rotund and not especially attractive woman who has several interesting sexual dalliances with men ranging in age from thirty-three to eighty-two. The book is well-written and at times grandiloquent. The prurient scenes are strong but Juska often interpolates chapters from her "real" life, including teaching at San Quentin Prison; these "real life" episodes seem extraneous and interrupt the flow of the narrative. Juska received, I believe, sixty-seven replies, thus showing how easy it is in America for even an unattractive albeit interesting and intelligent woman to get laid.
This synopsis report prepared by Randy Williams
|Chapter Analysis of A Round-Heeled Woman|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind of romance:
- searching for lover
- boatload of casual sex without love
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- New York
Book makes you feel?
- very happy
- like laughing
Graphic sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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