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UP TO THE TIME GEORGE WEBBER'S FATHER DIED, THERE WERE SOME UNforgiving souls in the town of Libya Hill who spoke of him as a man who not only had deserted his wife and child, but had consummated his iniquity by going off to live with another woman. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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HASH(0x92803848) von 5 Sternen One of the Finest Books in the English Language 19. Juli 1998
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I am astounded that such a moving, powerful, and lyrical book is out of print. Wolfe writes with such a commanding and passionate love of language. His prose *is* poetry. There are passages in this book that rank with the most romantic and ethereal ever written. The sense of place in NYC is virtually unparalleled. George Webber's love for Esther Jack--the lost half of the broken talisman--remains one of the more beautiful and moving of interpersonal relationships set down in print. That such hackneyed, commercial tripe as "The Bridges of Madison County" goes through multiple printings while this gem languishes out of print is beyond me.
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HASH(0x93feb2c4) von 5 Sternen A quintessential bildungsroman... 1. Juli 2006
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Preface: I would give this book ten stars if I could.

Thomas Wolfe was a [woefully underrated] master of the English language and character development. The Web and the Rock, perhaps the finest of his works, invites you into the tortured mind of George Webber without any sort of forceful literary entry. His forays into Webber's psyche are never contrived, never as dissonant as the failed attempts of other writers to accomplish the same sort of candor. The alternating ebb and flow of George's dialogue and inner monologue feel as natural as inhaling and exhaling, and the text takes on a sort of organic quality in that sense. Though some criticize Wolfe's writing for its convoluted streams of consciousness and tangents, these are the things that make his characters so intense and tangible to the reader.

There is an unapologetic candor to Wolfe's bildungsroman, an innate willingness to open up a secret world to the reader, one of mental anguish, feelings of inadequacy, and the passion that can simultaneously electrify and destroy a man's life. There is nothing forced about his philosophical asides--they are natural progressions of Webber's inner monologue and some of the most deliciously probing prose I have ever had the pleasure to read.

I will leave you with two of the most compelling quotes of the novel--and, perhaps, some of the most honest, candid passages in all of American literature:

"So all were gone at last, one by one, each swept out into the mighty flood tide of the city's life, there to prove, to test, to find, to lose himself, as each man must--alone" (272).

"The sight of these closed golden houses with their warmth of life awoke in him a bitter, poignant, strangely mixed emotion of exile and return, of loneliness and security, of being forever shut out from the palpable and passionate integument of life and fellowship, and of being so close to it that he could touch it with his hand, enter it by a door, possess it with a word--a word that, somehow, he could never speak, a door that, somehow he would never open" (170).
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HASH(0x93feb2e8) von 5 Sternen A Truthful and Powerful Book 16. Juli 1997
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Why there are not enough reprints of Wolfe's books are a mystery to me. He's without doubt one of America's finest writers, and one of the most gifted in the English language
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HASH(0x93feb228) von 5 Sternen Wolfe at his Best (and Worst) 14. Mai 2010
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Thomas Wolfe is one of the most self-indulgent writers of the twentieth century. This is despite his occasional excellence with prose. As a fan of Wolfe's writing, I'm willing to traverse all the sandbars to get to the water, but one can develop a substantial thirst in the interim. Additionally, the extended section featuring the vitriol which he heaped onto poor Aline Bernstein (Esther Jack in the book) is distressing. At times this appears to be a form of "True Confessions." Still, I've read the book twice and may eventually read it again. Recommended but with reservations. You will need patience.
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HASH(0x93feb738) von 5 Sternen The BEST love letter is in this book 2. Juni 2013
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Thomas Wolfe is my favorite author of ALL time. The Web and The Rock is an autobiographical novel based on his love affair with his publisher. Although Wolfe writes paragraph long sentences, the feeling is so profound, I read them over and over again. This book is a work of art. Take the time, plow through his prose, and read it. You will be changed after you do.
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