Sunday, 6 August 2017
Fictional Representations Of New York
Manse Everard's apartment from 1954 till at least 1990;
the Farnesses' apartment overlooking Central Park in the 1930s;
Central Park where the Farnesses walk in March, 1935.
Ian Fleming's Live And Let Die, published in 1954, begins with James Bond arriving in New York:
there are Civil Defence warnings;
Bond remarks that the city is an atomic bomb target;
he sees "...the stark fingers of the trees in Central Park" (Chapter 1, p. 006);
he stays at "...the best hotel in New York, the St Regis, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street" (p. 005) and looks towards Harlem;
he thinks that, "Hardly anywhere in the world will you find a negress driving a car." (p. 006)
The past is another country. M and Bond talk about "negroes" like a sub-species.