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Newlywed Problems in the Bedroom

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Grounds for Divorce
1948 (original publication 1937)

Love and intrigue are what this book is all about. For me, it was the phrase at the top:  “He was weak and she was wanton.”  Who can say no to that tagline?  In short, society gal Lolita marries upstanding man Bailey. The sexual chemistry is just not happening for our newlyweds.  They quickly go off the rails by indulging in booze and a bit of adultery. By the end they come together, hopeful for a future. A real feel good romance. <sarcasm>

Jack Woodford was a novelist with quite a few pulp fiction credits such as: The Abortive Hussy, Hard-boiled Virgin, and Free Lovers.

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17 Responses to Newlywed Problems in the Bedroom

  • So just what is Lolita’s embarrassing problem??

  • I now must find opportunities to work the phrase “that clamorous way” and the word “junglesque” into everyday speech.

  • “This book specially revised and edited for The Novel Library”.

    Grounds for Divorce: the good-parts version

  • Folks, this is what happens when you honeymoon in Cuba…

  • “Cupid in a quandary.” Should I tip my arrow with a deadly poison, or not? It might be the humane thing to do.

  • They’re Americans and the were allowed to go to Cuba? Were Americans allowed to back when this book was written, or did they have to put pictures of maple leaves all over their luggage and act super-polite?

    • It was originally published in 1937. At the time Fidel Castro was only eleven years old and not much of a threat to anybody.

    • Castro overthrew Batista in 1959, after this was published.

    • Presumably the travel ban for Americans only came in after Castro came to power? Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown go to Havana in Guys and Dolls, so I guess it was a popular destination.

    • In 1948 (or 1937) when the book was published, Cuba was a tropical getaway for Americans — people could live the high life away from home and let their hair down, rather like what Las Vegas has become. This continued through the 1950s. My parents one winter in the late ’50s had driven to Florida for a vacation but it was too cold there, so they phoned their insurance agent and told him they were taking the ferry to Cuba, and would he please put the appropriate insurance on the station wagon. I think there was starting to be some unrest, but Castro had not yet taken over (or they would not have been able to go there). I wonder what happened to the maracas they brought back as souvenirs.

  • I’ll bet few characters have been named Lolita since 1955, when Nabokov’s book was published.

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