Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Living on Charlotte Street...


In Ian McEwan's novel Saturday, the protagonist, Henry Perowne, who is driving on Charlotte St. in the middle of London, asks himself : Who was the American novelist who said a man could be happy living on Charlotte Street? [p.123 in paperback edition]

Well, do you know? leave me answers in comments, okay?

And if you know the answer, what novel is the phrase to be found in?

theteach










14 comments:

Anne said...

The person who said that was author Charlotte Bronte, but it didn't come from a book. She was overheard using that line to make a pass at Saul Bellow at some college professor's Christmas party.

Thanks for the invite, these things are fun! :)

the teach said...

LOL!!! Anne, I appreciate your imagination more that I can say! You're so smart!

Anne said...

Aw shucks, 'tweren't nothing. I just make stuff up and hope for the best. I'm a big fat liar. Heh.

the teach said...

Anne, have you thought about what novel the phrase is from?

Anne said...

Isn't the book called The Dean's December, or something like that, by Saul Bellow? I could very well be mistaken.

the teach said...

I have no idea Anne...We'll have to ask Ian McEwan himself!

Anne said...

You don't know? Well, if YOU don't know, all hope must be lost. I do think I read somewhere it was a reference to a book by Saul Bellow, though. Maybe we SHOULD write to Ian McEwan!

the teach said...

Oh Anne I know it's Saul Bellow but I don't know the title of the book...In this case you might know more than I do.

Anne said...

Say, why do you think it's Saul Bellow? I just Googled the phrase and got a vague reference to him, and possibly the Dean's December book. I'm not going to read every Saul Bellow book ever written to find out though. Jeez, I'd have to like Saul Bellow an awful lot to do that! :p

the teach said...

I googled the phrase, Anne, and got a reference to it, but no mention of the Dean's December...Also The book Saturday by Ian McEwan references the phrase (that's how I first became aware of it see post) and the epigraph to the book is from Sail Bellow. There you go...

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