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    Joseph Fields(Author),Peter de Vries(Author)

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Comedy

Joseph Fields and Peter de Vries, adapted from the novel by Mr. de Vries

Characters: 2 male, 4 female

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Tom Ewell played the Broadway part of a suburban husband in a 5 year childless marriage. He and his wife decide to adopt a baby, but a loud mouth neighbor upsets the apple cart when the adoption investigator comes to call. However, not to be outdone, Ewell finds himself in the clutches of the investigator, who has suddenly turned color. Later she announces that she is pregnant and is going off to have the baby. She will see that the man and his wife receive the child in due time through the agency. Shortly after the baby arrives, however, the wife learns of the matter and starts packing to go home to Mother. But it turns out that the adopted baby was not fathered by the husband, and also that the wife is now herself pregnant; and matters are mended.

"It offers laugh after laugh." N.Y. World Telegram & Sun.

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  • By RaDadIndy on April 29, 2008

    No laugh-at-loud moments from this gentle comedy. Unfortunately, no characters that you care about either.I enjoyed one of this author's books when I read it about thirty years ago, but this one left me cold too often. I did like, very much, that the author had enough respect for his readers to send them scurrying to the dictionary to look up and learn a few of his words, which I did half a dozen times.

  • By John W. on March 10, 2015

    Super excellent!!

  • By Glen Engel-Cox on February 18, 2003

    In my search for humorous narrative, I ran across a listing of various authors who, supposedly, wrote humorous books. I could tell from my familiarity with some of the authors on the list that it was somewhat of a scattershot, but that came as no surprise--what people find funny differs as much as their taste in music. I printed the list and visited the library, reading bits and pieces of the authors' work. The one true find from all that was Peter De Vries.De Vries was a writer and editor for The New Yorker from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. In addition to his magazine duties, he wrote novels on the foibles of society, including satire on the suburban trend, free love, and bringing up babies. In this novel, the satire is directed at the pretensions of the well-heeled and their desires for artistic and community acceptance.The Tunnel of Love is one of his earliest novels, and, while humorous, well written and entertaining, has only a fraction of the biting satire of his later work. I'm planning on trying to read his oeuvre chronologically, to watch the development of that wit.

  • By JOHN GODFREY on October 24, 2002

    It is a bit racy in the context of the late forties. A gentle satire on the self important, pseudo intellectual, white collar, martini guzzling, suburbanites living the good life in Connecticut while fooling around/making a living in New York City. The story concerns essentially two couples, infidelity, sex, unwanted pregnancy & adoption. They deal with their problem in a seemly childish & ridiculous way ... by our modern standards somwhat dated. The author digresses several times going off on a tangent about some philosphical gibberish but very funny anyway. This is what passed for witty sophisticated humor 50 years ago.

  • By A customer on August 20, 2001

    Tunnel of Love was first written in 1949 and is in several ways dated - women wear gloves, the men wear homburgs, the cocktail hour is firmly in place. As I was reading this witty, urbane story, I could very easily envision it on a 1940's/1950's movie screen, with Cary Grant & David Niven. But the themes and messages are timeless.The narrator who is a magazine art editor and given to wise- cracking is also in the embarrassing position of having to reject his neighbor & best friend's work. He also becomes entangled in the same friend's messy amorous affairs, and once or twice tries to have an affair himself without much luck.The plot thickens as friend Augie and his wife decide to adopt a child. The narrator does not see Augie as real parent material, but in spite of that has agreed to give a recommendation to the adoption agency. When he is interviewed by the agency, he loses his voice. The couple are rejected by the first agency, they go to another with no luck, so they return to the first. They finally receive the baby of their dreams, but shortly afterwards Augie's wife Isolde learns of Augie's past affairs and kicks him out of the house. They do get back together again in "happy ending" style.Author Peter de Vries, who often wrote for "The New Yorker," condemns gently. There is a definite recognition of the turmoil and hurt that bad behavior causes, but de Vries also sees people as very human and more often in need of persuasion & understand- ing than in need of a swat over the head with a baseball bat. Add to the mix his wry humor and you have a really enjoyable & wonderful book.


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