By L. J. Davis
L. J. Davis's 1971 novel, A significant Life, is a blistering black comedy concerning the American quest for redemption via genuine property and a gritty photo of latest York urban in cave in. simply out of faculty, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis's novel, heads to manhattan, the place he plans to make it huge as a author. in its place he unearths a role as a technical editor, at which he toils away whereas ardour leaks out of his marriage to a pleasant Jewish lady. Then Lowell discovers a stunning crumbling mansion in a crime-ridden portion of Brooklyn, and opposed to all recommendation, let alone his wife's will, sinks his each penny into deciding to buy it. He quits his activity, strikes in, and spends day and evening on demolition and development. eventually he has a project: he'll dig up the misplaced heritage of his condo; he'll fix it to its previous grandeur. he'll make strong on every little thing that's long gone mistaken together with his lifestyles, and he'll even homicide to do it.
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A Meaningful Life (New York Review Books Classics) by L. J. Davis