So, the main character is a spineless elderly woman (starts when she is in her 60s and ends when she is 82) with (admitedly) no interests. She worships men (simply because they are men) and spends her free time taking baths. A few of Elkin's comments about the necessity of having interests in life and the repetitive nature of life are interesting. A few of the moments (especially the debate between Dorothy and Ellen about who is chief mourner) are true to life, yet comical. Overall, though it was hard to swallow a (even short) book about a main character who is not appealing in any way. Maybe if I was an old Jewish guy I would have liked her...is she Elkin's Venus?