When Leslie Braverman passes away at the early age of 41, four of his closest friends are reunited on an odyssey through the streets of Brooklyn in a beat-up Volkswagen searching for the funeral parlor. In a series of fits, starts and wrong-turns, the comedic banter that suffuses the journey of these four Jewish proponents of New Criticism and little-magazine writing is quietly transformed into a quest for the intellectual, emotional and sentimental aura of the past.
The basis for the 1968 movie "Bye Bye Braverman," "To An Early Grave" is a testament to the exuberant inventiveness of Wallace Markfield's writing.
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Wallace Markfield (1926-2002) was one of the most important Jewish-American writers of the twentieth century. His novel To an Early Grave was adapted into the film Bye, Bye Braverman, directed by Sidney Lumet, and he was also the author of Teitlebaum's Window, You Could Live If They Let You, and Radical Surgery.From Library Journal:
Wallace's 1964 comic novel follows the mishaps that befall four men cruising through the streets of Brooklyn, NY, on their way to bury their friend Leslie Braverman, who has passed away at 41. Though told with humorous overtones, the book reveals that what the men are truly mourning is the loss of the genuine sincerity of the past, which has been replaced by intellectual pretense.
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