The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman


It was too late to pretend he hadn’t seen her. Juliet was already squinting with recognition. For an instant she looked pleased to make out a familiar face on a crowded street. Then she realized who it was.

Was it wrong of me to expect one hell of a novel behind that lovely jacket? The answer, it turns out, is yes! When they say one should not judge a book by its cover, it is not for nothing. Lesson learned!

The protagonist of Adelle Waldman debut; Nathaniel Piven, “Nate” is a 30 something writer who has almost made his name in the literary world by selling his book for a considerable sum of money. The way Adelle Waldman puts it, Nate is a “product of a postfeminist, 1980s childhood and politically correct, 1990s college education.” So it is natural women would dig this tall, good looking guy, at least until they realize what an “asshole” he is!

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. focuses mainly on one of Nate’s relationships, although we get a glimpse of his past relationships and the girl who comes after the ‘main plot’ briefly. We discover the real Nate, both shallow and obnoxious, waiting to spring to life as we read the novel. And when he does, to my utmost annoyance, most of the women around him reduce into tears and stop being themselves! Not that many of the women he dated are the kind who would leave an impression, after all, Adelle’s portraits of them made me feel like these women haven’t had an original thought in a long time. 😐

The dust jacket of the book is full of praise for The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Adelle Waldman is apparently “deliciously funny and very witty” and I somehow missed all that! Maybe if she had included more dialogues I would have agreed with them, but for me, this book is just way too bland.

And I feel like I spent too much time reading about some callow man who refuses change his ways, without a single takeaway! Sigh!


One comment

  1. […] Work reminded me of two novels I’ve read – Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and Elif Batuman’s The Idiot – however, I felt Martin’s book is superior to both […]


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