The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

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McGee promised a special lady he would try to keep her daughter from committing suicide. He finds her in a strange state of mental deter- ioration. She is getting best medical attention and has a loving husband. Someone searches his room & a mickey was tried-whats wrong?
Publisher: 1964.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013.
Edition: Pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780307826718
0307826716
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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baldand
Aug 31, 2015

The cover of the OPL edition of this book is more true to the text of the novel than the one I read, which shows Maurie, the girl in the plain brown wrapper of the title, as a black-haired temptress in a sheer brown negligé she seems to be in the process of discarding. The actual Maurie in the novel is a beautiful blonde, not sexually promiscuous but the victim of sexual predators, and the plain brown wrapper is a sheet of heavy brown packing paper used to wrap heavy equipment in which she is wrapped while still wearing a grey-blue suit. Has an illustrator ever taken greater liberties with the content of a novel in their cover picture?
In an aside on the inability of white and black Americans who otherwise have much in common to communicate freely, Mr. MacDonald has Travis McGee remark: “my outward type has knotted a lot of black skulls, topped a lot of black ewes”. A lot of readers, like me, wouldn’t know what “topped” meant, but guessed from context it meant “copulated with”. It is, however, an old word. In Shakespeare’s Othello, one can find: "An old black ram is tupping your white ewe." It shows the textual richness of MacDonald’s novels, which sets him apart from most other American writers of popular fiction.

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smichal
Oct 01, 2013

Seems like things were really different in the swinging 60s when this book was first written... black people were all maids, etc.? women now liberated by "the pill" go around having sex with strangers. People having electroshock therapy at home... this book was hard to get through and I kept spacing out.

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