We Always Treat Women Too Well was first published as a purported work of pulp fiction by one Sally Mara, but this novel by Raymond Queneau is a further manifestation of his sly, provocative, wonderfully wayward genius. Set in Dublin during the 1916 Easter rebellion, it tells of a nubile beauty who finds herself trapped in the central post office when it is seized by a group of rebels. But Gertie Girdle is no common pushover, and she quickly devises a coolly lascivious strategy by which, in very short order, she saves the day for king and country. Queneau's wickedly funny send-up of cheap smut—his response to a popular bodice-ripper of the 1940s—exposes the link between sexual fantasy and actual domination while celebrating the imagination's power to transmute crude sensationalism into pleasure pure and simple.
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Probably my second favorite Queneau novel after Children of Clay. Here Raymond takes his characters from James Joyce's landmark novel 'Ulysses' and plops them down 12 years later in the middle of the 1916 Easter rebellion in Dublin Ireland. The prose is witty and acerbic and the charachterization of Joyce's protagonists is right on target. It's as if they walked back on stage 12 years later. Very funny and easy to read.