Hardback book with dustjacket, Unclipped.
Published in 1969.
Dustjacket has few rips, one on the back and one small rip on the spine.
Pages are clear, unmarked and tightly bounded.
A semi-autobiographical novel by Robert T. Westbrook
This memorable first novel is a story of deep human loneliness in a dehumanized, mega-politan city. Stanley Sweetheart, in his third year of college, finds himself without the abilty to communicate with any other person. He lives within his dingy one room apartment; and within the room, he lives within himself, revelling in his day dreams and sexual fantasies, a prisoner of his own inhibitions, The world, he believes is a terrifying place, full of hidden dangers, and so he retreats accordingly.
The book concerns Stanley's attempts to meet this world. His brief and unfortunate affairs with a successions of girls are a mess. In his search for love, Stanley finds only sex. And sex, like everything else in Stanley's world, is repulsive and detached. In an effort to relieve his perpetual distress, Stanley turns to art. He begins to make a 16mm 'underground' film with one of his girlfriends as the star. The film, entitled 'Masturbation'. accurately portrays his inner despair, but it leads to sexual complications with his star, and his interest in film soon fades. In last effort to find freedom from himself, Stanley joins up with two very wild girls and becomes lost in a haze of drugs and orgy.