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Paperback, Published in Jul 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN10: 1535426861 | ISBN13: 9781535426862

Page count: 510

....Babs is impossible, that is admitted, but she has at least the excuse of being amusing. Cadenhouse is impossible, but he offers no such apology for his existence. He rises to the height of his inanity when he asks Babs on one of her escapades whether she " perceives already the transient nature of all earthly joys." Mrs. Kingsconstance, who lurks in our memory as a creature of " cooking, cordial, cigarettes and coffee," is quite impossibly vulgar; Miss Kingsconstance is quite impossibly sentimental, but then we have a suspicion she is intended to be mad. Miss Spice is quite impossibly silly, and we positively refuse to believe in her for a moment, in spite of the grandiloquent "interview with Madame Sarah Grand" which accompanies-" Babs the Impossible." This pamphlet is the author's explanation of the problem which she professes to find in her story, the problem of the lonely existence of women " in country places," deserted by the men folk who enjoy life in the towns, " the pathetic victims of Nature's atrophy"-a problem as impossible as Babs or even Mr. Jellybond Tinney....
....An impossible book is not necessarily futile or worthless or objectionable. Madame Sarah Grand's new novel has greater faults than impossibility. It is vulgar, and worse than vulgar. This is not a topic which one cares to enlarge upon, but it cannot be ignored when dealing with a writer of Madame Sarah Grand's pretensions or popularity. The novels of the author of "Babs the Impossible" have never been distinguished by excellent taste, but hitherto her evident sincerity of purpose has been her justification. With some it may still serve to excuse such a sentence as:
"I think I shall kiss you good-bye," she (Babs) said, putting her hands on his shoulders. She pressed her lips to his neck. "How nice you smell" she observed; "what sort of soap do you use?" "Well, really, Babs, isn't that inquiry somewhat intimate?"
With some Madame Sarah Grand's "purpose" may even be held to justify this:
"Afterwards Jeffrey said to himself: 'Miss Julia would do to marry; but for fun give me Babs! By Jove! not a bad idea, ' he proceeded. 'When two sisters are each eligible in their way, marry the right one, and then there's the other always at hand, and it's all in the family. It's time I married.'" ....
....Babs' kisses may have been innocent, were probably innocent enough. Babs herself may have been innocent, gallery of absurdities, the most obvious impostor that ever figured in fiction-and unless you have had the bad fortune to wade through the great yearly production of so-called detective stories and jewel mysteries you can hardly realize what a distinction we confer on Madame Sarah Grand's hero. And fearing that she has not made him impossible enough, but her creator points and underlines and explains the suggestiveness of innocent remarks, innocent gestures, in a manner we can only characterize as offensive. We have hesitated at the word, but the plain truth is that the whole atmosphere of the book is suggestive of sensuality. Few novels published of recent years are more thoroughly unwholesome and unhealthy, in tone and tendency, than "Babs the Impossible."
-The Bookman, Vol. 20

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