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That this effort beats out Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a bafflement. I had to realize that they were designed to do just that. Post navigation ← Poetry Friday: 1938, part 3 They were designed to promote stability and inheritance.     -Mr. Moto Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

It's funny, but even then Boston had slipped away from the grasp of his kind. Marquand isn’t ambitious enough with the fictional details to turn the story into something just slightly larger-than-life, more vivid than what ordinary biography can provide. LITERATURE, Literature, Literature Publisher The Modern Library. Bloodbrothers, by Richard Price – I’m on a bit of a Price kick this year so I can get his entire backlist read by the time his new book comes out, and this, his second novel, is really something special. THE late George Apley was not the sort of man to tolerate showy descriptive epitaphs. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Remarkably, this 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner appears to be out of print. To finish, as usual, with the author getting the final say, I’m going with one of George Apley’s last letters to his son, in which he comments on an essay by Emerson that he’d been reading, and applies some of it to his life. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Devoid of meaningful conflict (it’s hard to be interested in the lives of people you never meet), reined in by an insufferable narrator character who can’t even manage to be boring enough to be funny, walled in by a strict chronological march of decades that saps the energy (or at least it did mine)—the novel is really a strange little work.

Read Book Review: The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand. that happiness comes by indirection, that it can ( Log Out /  The world I have lived in may be in a certain sense Magnificent Ambersons. Did it really take a novel to accomplish that kind of trite epiphany? 12:23 by Eoin McNamee – sure, it’s about the death of Princess Diana, but it’s more about the burnt-out spooks and mystery makers descending upon Paris leading up to the crash. Sarah Weinman is the proprietor of Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind. I have heard sleigh bells in winter. Unlike many of the other novels I’ve encountered on the journey so far, this one’s like plain oatmeal, and I’m out of adjectives to describe how it fails to inspire much in me. I didn’t really feel I was breaking a lot of ground that I hadn’t already covered in a slightly more rural high-income old New England family in Early Autumn, or in a more or less equally high-income old family in New York in The Age of Innocence, but there were certainly a few new glimpses of that world, which I found useful.

might not disgrace that position. ", "How shall I explain? A social satire, poking fun at the morals and conventions of Boston's bluebloods, it is comparable to The Age of Innocence & The Magnificent Ambersons. I think you should keep a separate page with your evolving “if I were awarding the Pulitzer” choices. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. It comes closer to working for me than most of the rest of the book, and I can’t say it works, even then. But all of this is very slight—because I never really connect to the characters, these little pieces of trivia about the time and place are never quite as real as I want them to be. There has been too little action.”. Award: If this grabs you, maybe you ought to give the book a try. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand 2,149 ratings, 3.68 average rating, 126 reviews The Late George Apley Quotes Showing 1-9 of 9 “Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more important than worldly beauty. I find it irritating, although less so than when it was the consistent device in The Late George Apley. Perhaps they have gone a little bit too far. Some folks like Marquand, I know, and they’re welcome to him. Each time you happen to me all over again.

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