After Claude

☆ After Claude É Iris Owens - After Claude, After Claude Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude the French rat That at least is how Harriet sees things even if it s Claude who has just asked Harriet to leave his Greenwich Village apartment Well one way ☆ After Claude É Iris Owens - After Claude, After Claude Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude the French rat That at least is how Harriet sees things even if it s Claude who has just asked Harriet to leave his Greenwich Village apartment Well one way

  • Title: After Claude
  • Author: Iris Owens
  • ISBN: 9781590173633
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
After Claude

☆ After Claude É Iris Owens, After Claude, Iris Owens, After Claude Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude the French rat That at least is how Harriet sees things even if it s Claude who has just asked Harriet to leave his Greenwich Village apartment Well one way or another she has no intention of leaving She will stay and exact revenge or would have if Claude had not had her unceremoniously evicted Once moved out Harriet is notHarriet is leaving ☆ After Claude É Iris Owens - After Claude, After Claude Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude the French rat That at least is how Harriet sees things even if it s Claude who has just asked Harriet to leave his Greenwich Village apartment Well one way

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After Claude

About “Iris Owens

  • Iris Owens

    Iris Owens n e Klein 1929 2008 was born and raised in Brooklyn, the daughter of a professional gambler She attended Brooklyn College, was briefly married, and then moved to Paris, where she fell in with Alexander Trocchi, the editor of the legendary avant garde journal Merlin and a notorious heroin addict Owens supported herself by producing pornography, or DBs as she referred to Dirty Books, under the name of Harriet Daimler for Maurice Girodias s Olympia Press She also married an Iranian prince Resettled in NYC, Owens wrote After Claude 1973 A second novel, Hope Diamond Refuses, loosely based on her second marriage, was published in 1984.



954 thoughts on “After Claude

  • Hm That sure was something.The first two thirds of the novel concern our narrator, Harriet, and how she came to break up with her boyfriend I quote the first line I left Claude, the French rat And it becomes hilarious from there Harriet is selfish, cynical, lacks all perspective and self awareness, and is a queen of snarky assholes It is darkly hilarious to see her collide with her friends, her handsome superficial French beau, and all ease who barge against her world.The last part of the book [...]


  • Well, that was interesting After Claude is about a slovenly messed up lunatic who makes Humpty Dumpty seem well put together, yet is a joy to read, at least until that last act that takes a sharp turn into what the eff territory Having recently arrived home from a long European stay that ended in crisis, then kicked out of friend Rhoda Regina s apartment for being too difficult, Harriet has now overstayed her welcome in boyfriend Claude s bed by about six months and is facing eviction Which she [...]


  • This was an enjoyable read, you have to love Harriet, at least if you re a masochistic feminist like myself At first she seems like a smart strong woman, but to my disappointment she isn t one Anxious to read another by Owens Some lines I liked are Claude pretended not to hear me, an act of male intelligence that never fails to impress me , there s nothing that warms a girl s heart like a smile on the face of a sadist , and I have learned never to be amazed at what men will resort to when corner [...]


  • I d not heard of this book, first published in 1973, or writer but found it browsing in a bookstore s section reserved for New York Book Review books and was seduced by the blurbs and publisher For example, from Leonard Michaels, I haven t read a wittily offensive serious novel Truth be told it doesn t disappoint Harriet, the anti hero of this acerbic comedy of mis manners is a train wreck of a character and our very unreliable narrator But her unreliability as a narrator takes a back seat to h [...]


  • AFTER CLAUDE by Iris Owens may be the funniest book I ve ever read I m not one for cliches, but she makes me stupid with praise I didn t want to read the book too quickly because I didn t want it to end Owens only wrote one other novel, out of print, and prior to AFTER CLAUDE had published a handful of erotic novels under a pseudonym also the name of AFTER CLAUDE s hilariously caustic narrator I m searching them all out for, sadly, Owens died a number of years ago so I can t stalk outside her Ma [...]


  • Half a year later and this one still stings when I look at it The absolutely relentlessly nasty recollections of a shallow, meaningless Manhattanite and the endless injuries she does herself and others, presented with extraordinary bitterness I ve been thinking of this one a lot lately, for one reason or another Suffice to say it s sharply written and devastating, but also I suspect too mean for most readers I don t think its misogynistic, exactly, but if a man had written something which so sav [...]


  • this book was incredible i tend to have a problem with first person stories, as the voice they re told in stays the same throughout and hence the change never really feels complete they always make me feel really claustrophobic and irritated by what generally amounts to a glamorization of idiosyncrasy not that i don t tend to enjoy them in the beginning in the beginning first person is always fun it just tends to wear on me after a while but this book, holy shit, it just plows on through and out [...]




  • Initially, I thought the writing style was interesting and I wanted to see where the story would go However, I ended up not wanting to finish it because it was really not very good.The narrator is clearly a troubled individual, self centered and yet dependent on others, but it wasn t funny or interesting A lot of the things she said or thought or did were offensive or twisted in some way I couldn t really find much redeeming about her, especially with all the uses of the word fag and other offen [...]


  • Lance Cleland Workshop Application Magnet Look, nothing is going to make you read After Claude by Iris Owens than her author bio, which is as follows Iris Owens n e Klein 1929 2008 was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of a professional gambler She attended Barnard College, was briefly married, and then moved to Paris, where she fell in with Alexander Trocchi, the editor of the legendary avant garde journal Merlin and a notorious heroin addict, and supported herself by producing po [...]


  • I hadn t heard of Iris Owens until the night Mike Young gave me this book, and a few pages in I knew she was a legend Here is the oddness of Purdy and Jane Bowles, and the dreamy inner life of Lore Segal s Lucinella, but this book stands on its own legs, led by the sassiest narrator I ve ever met A bit much at times, and offensive to many, this gem has the most exciting sentences I ve read since Gaetan Soucy s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches The descriptions in this book occasionally [...]


  • What an odd book to read while in New York City on a sort of vacation After Claude has a leading character that is someone from hell to know Truly a horrible person bent on total destruction Cringe worthy reading moments doesn t stop the reading train here It was a hard book for me to put down I don t even know if I like it or not, but there is a touch of the Dorothy Parker poison in its Manhattan make up I m happy to go through this trauma.


  • Compulsively stomach turning story of a parasitic, snobby, lazy, contemptuous, bitch of a heroine who abuses everyone around her while maintaining that she herself is the victim.This is a richly original comic story that I find myself quoting over and over again.And I think I am the only one who remembers the TV commercial for it from my childhood I wanted to read it at age 10 I finally did.


  • Harriet is like a loose kidney waiting for a body to be transplanted into And this is the story of her finding a suitable body She is a weak kidney who runs on acid wit and Marlboros Its the kind of book only a woman who was briefly married to an Iranian prince before going to France to direct pornography could write.


  • It occurred to me that if I smeared lip gloss all over Maxine s squat, soft body, I could probably force it down the incinerator.


  • Another book that could have been spoiled by the dust jacket, but I m conscientious now Don t know anything, be ignorant and let it all spill out across the pages.I m writing this on my phone from South Carolina My phone suggests after don t I ll type beget.But the book jacket says, At last, out of the chorus of wounded, depressed, and suffering female voices so frequently heard in our current women s books comes the outraged and outrageous voice of Harriet First edition apologies The author wri [...]


  • After discovering a group of remaindered NYRB paperbacks last week, I have been on a delightful, unexpected reading jag After Claude is sharp, acerbic, and gallows funny in its character study of a complicated woman who has become emotionally paralyzed and longs only to lie in bed all day watching television game shows and snacking When her relationship with a French documentary film producer ends with a bang, she moves into full crisis mode She has alienated everyone around her and her last thr [...]


  • AFTER CLAUDE looked like just another confessional memoir of the 70s in the wake of the women s rights movement, but a mere page into it will reveal something entirely different and hilariously revelatory Harriet, a twenty something slacker a good couple of decades before those became a thing, fights perpetually with her snooty French photographer boyfriend Claude as they live in New York City Claude eventually becomes exhausted by the constant bickering or can t deal with Harriet s earthy, vulg [...]


  • I really liked this book The protagonist is hilarious and the least self aware character I ve ever read She is the kind of person who would be great as a friend in very small doses and only as long as you were willing to tiptoe around her idiosyncracies You weren t won over by her, you weren t really rooting for her, you just wanted to see what was going to happen to her next The Rhoda Regina scenario that started the whole affair with Claude was SO bizarre that you had to wonder if the right pe [...]


  • This novel is delightfully profane, a jujube set in advance of political correctness yet staunchly in the middle of the cultural wars that spawned it Yes, the language is off color, and certain episodes would shock a libertine, but it s all worth the blush A portrait of a desperate mind, After Claude follows recently repatriated Harriet she got kicked out of France as she freeloads first off her former best friend Rhoda Regina and then her soon to be ex boyfriend Claude, the French rat Her state [...]


  • I recently had houseguests from Europe stay with me for four long nights and three long days It was hellish for me I won t go into what gross habits they had, what social graces and good manners they lacked, or ponder any further why people would keep their luggage in a guest bathroom, so I ll just say that having the houseguests invade my home, my sanctuary while at the same time reading this book, I could not muster any admiration for Harriet Not even a little.In fact, not only did I NOT empat [...]


  • I filed this one under depression after spending a few hours with the darkly funny, pathetic, fanciful, deluded Harriet in this 1973 novel After she has been moved to the Chelsea Hotel by the decent than I would have been Claude, we encounter a setting smacking of primal scream therapy trapped groans filled my throat as her guide Roger chants Let the demons out But Harriet s demons are not to be corralled as she collapses yet again in wait for a man, any port in the storm to salve her paralyzed [...]


  • Started out funny, then you realize she s only got one track bitter and acerbic It gets old really quickly and devolves into Confederacy of Dunces style ickiness Then for the last 10 or 20 pages it gets good Then it s over.This book was written in the 70s and it may be a product of its time hence the similarity to Dunces , but it s just not funny The jokes are just depressing Harriet is completely self unaware, and yeah, I get that s supposed to be part of the humor, and she s not supposed to be [...]


  • Hilarious but offensive You can t be too PC and like this book Kind alike Confederacy of Dunces.As an aspiring writer, the thing I found most fascinating about this book is how you come to quickly realize the narrator is totally delusional about herself and the way Iris Owens communicates that without ever saying it straight out A friend who is a real writer informed that this is called an unreliable narrator and it s hard to do.


  • This book seems painfully dated, it takes sarcasm for wit, and unless I am completely misreading it, seems like one of those appallingly misogynistic works that women themselves occasionally turn out I really don t know why it merited a reprint.





  • When I first started reading this book I knew very little about it other than here was another woman writer who people i.e some list on the Internet said I should be reading Within a few pages I wondered why There seemed little here but not especially funny wisecracking and bitching And I can say I took much of a liking to the book s protagonist, Harriet After a few chapters it started to dawn on me that she wasn t as witty as she thought she was being nor as clever nor as likeable I was reminde [...]


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