A Season in Purgatory


A Season in Purgatory
I choose this novel because it was very attention getting for me. Certain chapters even humored me, the type of book fiction this was suspense with a twist of thriller. My friend told me about the book so I decided to give it a try.

The author Dominick Dunne also the author of an Inconvenient Women, The two Mrs.Grenvilles, Fatal Charms, People Like Us, and The Mansions of Limbo. He is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City and Connecticut.

The beginning takes place in Connecticut courtroom in 1972. The time span was 20 years. The main characters are in order of importance: Harrison Burns, Constant Bradley, Gerald Bradley, Grace Bradley, and Winifred Utley.

Harrison Burns not very wealthy, parents were murdered. He lived with his Aunt Gert. He attended Mildford Catholic school (an all boy school). He wanted to one day become a writer. He was a sort of a scary boy. He had no adventurous about him. Only son only child. Some what of an outcast good guy never broke rules. Lived in Ansonia he had adopted catholic religion and was very timid, self conscious, and a follower.

Constant Bradley very charming he could make people laugh. Everyone?s favorite in the Bradley?s family. Six-foot-two athletic frame. He possessed a refinement of a face that his parents did not have. His vocal pattern less strident than that of his parents and older
siblings. His bearing wet, and style caused much comment, especially among young ladies. He had a facility for sports: tennis, golf, squash, lacrosse, and sailing, also played bridge very well. Undercover pervert, excessive drinker, spoiled, very sullen, and bad tempered.

Gerald Bradley?s face had the peculiar characteristic of being composed of features that were at odds with one another, mismatched pieces, out of scale, each more properly belonging to someone else. His nose was too large. His lips too tight. His eyes too dark,
both in hue and intensity. Very aggressive manner he lacked gentleness. Very, very rich attended catholic schools of the city, Catholic University in Washington, and law school at Harvard. His early financial circumstances were further enhanced by his Grace Malloy (her maiden name) the daughter of a plumber who prospered in the plumbing business. Finest Catholic in the city (Gerald). A genius in money matters practically in the acquisition of real estate. Gerald quadrupled the original butcher (his father) and the plumber (Grace father) money. He was a stern disciplinarian of his children. Uses his money for his advantage. Some what a Hippocrates.

Grace Bradley lesser honor in household. She was sometimes a figure of fun to her own children, particular her sons, because of her religious fervor, which was excessive. She was obsessed with fashion, which was equally excessive (with religion). A zealot for religion which she was a catholic. Nice to people usually. Always agreed with her husband. Not so bright.

Winifred Utley fifteen young and pretty innocent looking face. Trustworthy wanted to be accepted by peers and Constant. 5'5 long blond hair O.K. looking girl. The problem or conflict that they faced was Winifred Utley?s death.

The reason Constant gives first is that it was an accident also that "She screamed." So he told Harrison to help him in putting her closer to her side of the woods. Then he took his clothing (everything) off and put in a garbage bag. Then called his father over his new mistress house. Harrison didn?t want to do it but Constant insisted their "friendship".

Gerald Bradley ordered for his sons dirty work be cleaned up. So he asked one of his lieutenants to assure that the stained clothes in the garbage bag at disposed of immediately with out any trace.

Gerald Bradley wanted Harrison to act as if nothing ever happened. He promised Harrison (Harry) a full tuition payment to Yale and allowance.

Harrison met up with Constants younger sister (Kitt) in Maine and had and sexual encounter with her. Then she invited him back with her to their house for the holidays. Insisting that everyone wanted him there. She also told him that her father wanted to meet with him being curious of what he could possibly want he went to the dinner meeting. Jerry (Gerald middle son) came along to let Harrison on