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 school, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis's novel, heads to long island, the place he plans to make it sizeable as a author. as a substitute he unearths a task as a technical editor, at which he toils away whereas ardour leaks out of his marriage to a pleasant Jewish woman. Then Lowell discovers a stunning crumbling mansion in a crime-ridden element of Brooklyn, and opposed to all recommendation, let alone his wife's will, sinks his each penny into purchasing it. He quits his task, strikes in, and spends day and evening on demolition and development. eventually he has a undertaking: he will dig up the misplaced historical past of his condominium; he'll restoration it to its previous grandeur. he'll make strong on every thing that's long past mistaken along with his existence, and he'll even homicide to do it.
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