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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Goodbar by Judith Rossner. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Preview — Looking for Mr. Looking for Mr. Theresa was a quietly satisfied young teacher by day. But when the sun went down, her life was an endless, faceless whirl of bars and beds and men she'd never seen before and wouldn't see again.
If she couldn't find love, she took chances on men who were better than no men at all. And learned, with each new night and each new nightmare, that finding her man Looking for mr hardbar only the be Theresa was a quietly satisfied young teacher by day. And learned, with each new night and each new nightmare, that finding her man was only the beginning. Get A Copy. Paperbacks. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about Looking for Mr. Goodbarplease up. Where can I download an ebook?
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Start your review of Looking for Mr. Like a lion circling a herd of gazelles probing for the weakest member he had decided she was the right one to sustain his ego. She was just coming out of her ugly duckling stage and emerging from the shadows cast by the wings of her swan like sister. She is self conscious of her body. A polio incident as left her with a slight sway which Looking for mr hardbar will later think is sexy. She has a scar running down her back from a surgery to repair damage done to her spine by the disease. She had to be in the hospital for over a year strapped into a series of casts and back braces to insure she could continue to walk.
She was tailor made for Martin Engle. He notices the slight bobble in her walk and asks her about it which exposures all her insecurities wiping away in a matter of seconds her new vision of herself. When they make love have sex it is on a daybed right against the wall separating the two rooms. The recklessness of potentially being caught had to heighten his enjoyment. The fact that Theresa would rather be seduced than comforted also shows her need to be normal. Being seen as a sexual being gets her further away from the image of that little girl in the hospital bed.
It is all part of the seduction package that makes him more charming to these young girls.
He likes girls. He is truly a monster. A man, a succubus, who steals away their innocence and then trades them for another hatchling. They each have a season it seems. The cavalier way that Martin has sex with her advances her well beyond her years. As part of the seduction he made her feel special and encouraged her to be a writer, but then in an act of betrayal that dismisses his kind words he showed her that he valued her most for the pleasure she could give him.
Martin Engle did not bash her with the lamp that ended her life, but the lingering of his actions did put her in that bed with that stranger. This book is loosely based on the actual case of Roseann Quinn, a Catholic school teacher who picked up men in New York bars.
The seemingly nice girl in the wrong place meeting a nightmare. When Theresa starts picking up men in bars she sometimes reveals to them that she is a school teacher. This is shocking to the men. Diane Keaton plays Theresa Dunn in the movie based on the book. Theresa starts to panic when she meets James Morrisey. Things would be simpler for Theresa if he was the kind of guy who wanted a quick tumble in the hay. He is a romantic. He is successful. He screams mortgage, six kids, and a white picket fence. These are bad things, another leftover twist from her time with Martin.
She treats James like crap as if she is trying to save herself from the responsibilities and expectations that being involved with a guy like James entails. Looking for mr hardbar of course that was ridiculous. Yes it is. He has spun a vision of Theresa out of fine gold and white lace that she does not want to be. How stupid can he be to love a woman like her? Goodbar is, in my mind, a last desperate attempt to escape the encircling sensibility of a life with James. It works. They are so deftly woven into the plot that the sensationalism of them is somewhat offset by the psychological elements that Judith Rossner explores in the process.
This book has been called a feminist book which I wonder if that would even be a part of the discussion if Judith Rossner had been Jeffrey Rossner? View all 71 comments. I'll be back. Goodbar is a tough book to review. But the language is simple and compelling, the characters are Aaaaaaaaaaagh. But the language is simple and compelling, the characters are vivid, and the story is absorbing. I had trouble putting it down. Paragons of virtue are boring. Looking for mr hardbar that ending! Even though I knew exactly what was coming, down to the dialogue Rossner makes sure of that, in what I felt was a virtuoso touchI was still on the edge of my seat and completely discombobulated, momentarily devastated, by the time I got to the last sentence.
So would I recommend this novel? Yes, I would, absolutely. But there was something about this book that nagged at me: its reviews. Yes, this character tends to pick up men in bars. And yes again, this is not a spoilerthe last man she picks up turns out to be unhinged and violent. Promiscuity is not a crime punishable by violent death.
However, a glance at the Goodre reviews told me not everyone agrees with me about this. A of reviewers seem to believe that being murdered Looking for mr hardbar just sort of what ends up happening if you sleep with several different men. How anyone could get anything else from this book is beyond me. I understand that. And that brings me back around to what this book is really about: a complicated, troubled woman, and an exploration of what made her that way and how it plays out in her life.
View all 19 comments. Nov 17, Bren rated it really liked it Shelves: dark-and-heavyread-and-reviewedbetter-or-worse-than-expecteddrama-tearjerkergreat-for-book-clubsmultiple-re-reread-at-least-oncenew-yorkcharacter-studysaw-movie-and-read-booksocial-issues. Goodbar I saw my review of this riveting book Was so short. I am not going to do a plot review of looking for Mr. I was reminded of this book recently because I read My dark Vanessa and I was reminded strongly of this book. This is one of the most tragic stories I have ever read. It so reminds me of MDV but I think it is even more disturbing.
I reread this every so often. I have seen other reviews that say this book never really got the credit it deserved and I agree. And man oh man did this book cause a controversy when it came out! The World was sure different then. Goodbar Was Considered taboo and I will not deny it is very emotionally upsetting.
I think anybody who has read and enjoyed My dark Vanessa might have an interest in reading this book if they have not done so. It is odd that this book did not keep me away from bars. Although I do not frequent bars very much now, in my younger days I did. I want to stress that the book is very different from Vanessa in several aspects but what is prevalent and similar is the student teacher relationship.
It shaped who Vanessa was and in this book it will shape Theresa in much the same way.
This might be considered a spoiler but not really because we find out in the first few s. You know from the beginning that Theresa is not long for this world.Looking for mr hardbar
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