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5.0 von 5 Sternen A prose poem
"Look Homeward Angel" is undeniably a young man's story and as such, I wonder if it appeals to men more than it does to women. It's hard to imagine how the novel's countless aches and awkward blunders would fail to resonate with any man's youthful recollections. When readers in Woolfe's hometown castigated him for his venial characterization of the people he...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good descriptive work
Before I read this, I was hopeful about Wolfe's writing. I had never read him before and had heard complimentary reviews of his work. I was hoping to find a Modern American writer that has been neglected because of the dominance of Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, et al. Wolfe excels in description and that is what much of the novel is, description of his family and...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 1997 von ttaylor@truman.edu


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A prose poem, 24. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
"Look Homeward Angel" is undeniably a young man's story and as such, I wonder if it appeals to men more than it does to women. It's hard to imagine how the novel's countless aches and awkward blunders would fail to resonate with any man's youthful recollections. When readers in Woolfe's hometown castigated him for his venial characterization of the people he grew up with, Woolfe pointed out that none of his characters represented any one particular person. Instead, their qualities were so real and so vivid that readers felt they instantly recognized them. And so it was with me, although I was born decades after Woolfe's death and raised in a different part of the country. The dialog, drama, and emotional undercurrents of "Look Homeward Angel" were strangely and overwhelmingly recognizable. This is the genius of Woolfe.
My favorite parts of the novel vary considerably. I love the prose poem in the very beginning of the book. I also love the protagonist's descriptions of seemingly ordinary activities such as walking through a pasture on a fall evening. Such passages have the unnerving quality of being accessible yet somehow ineffable. A part of you is walking through the field with Eugene Gant taking in the cold wind, the smells of smoke and cow manure under the grim sky. Another part of you is asking why that experience feels so real and immediate even though you've never had it before.
Woolfe took a microscope to ordinary people and somehow rendered them great. He did not accord them the stature of epoch heroes or contemporary celebrities. Instead, he rendered their feelings and actions as immediate as their surroundings. You probably would not want to be any of the people in "Look Homeward Angel" and you might not even like them that much. But you will come away from the book with the sense of knowing those people intimately. For this reason, it is impossible to finish "Look Homeward Angel" without a having profound emotional response.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ultimate American coming of age story, 10. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
What sets this book apart from most 'coming of age' stories is the stunning combination of poetic language and monumental vision with which Wolfe imbues this tale of Eugene Gant's blossoming into manhood. No other American writer of novels has managed to utilize a voice so lush and exacting at the same time. The reader is literally seduced into the world that Wolfe creates and provided with an experience as rich as any in modern fiction.
Thomas Wolfe was a large man, and he thought and acted in a large way. His editor, Maxwell Perkins, had to severly cut down the size of the gigantic text that he was given, and it is still a big book in all respects - in sheer size, breadth of vision, and thematic scope.
This is one of those books I have to return to every few years just to see if it is still as good as I remember. While it is very much an adolescent book - in the sense that it storms the emotions with a 'Romantic' intensity - and I am much more critical than the young man who first read it - I find that I am still awed at Wolfe's talent and command.
This is one of those 'must read' books for all who would be conversant with modern American fiction. It's type has been out of fashion for some time, but it can't be ignored as a substantial contribution that is uniquely its own thing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Straight from the heart - the truest "American" novel, 17. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
I feel sorry for anyone who can't find echoes of their own youth in Wolfe's undeniably Romantic writing. You won't find clipped Hemingway-esque sentences, nor the pages-long obscure wanderings of fellow Southerner Faulkner, but Wolfe recreates his world so perfectly that filming it would be redundant. "Self-absorbed"? Yes, how else could anyone produce a literary translation of a life's experience? Cliched? Not when it was written, although as a "coming of age" novel it has many predecessors, none were so ambitious in scope or detail. Achingly, achingly nostalgic, beautifully written, TRUE to itself, sparing nothing of the author or his vision. Pretentious? Hardly, especially when set next to the Oprah-fied books on the best-seller lists today. This and its immediate succesor "Of Time and the River" are, to me, arguably the finest books ever written describing not just life in America but more importantly the sense of loss through time and distance of love, family, and home and the emotional maturation that follows.
No, I couldn't recommend this to EVERYbody, but if you haven't become too sophisticated to remember what it was really like to be young, lonely, in love, or homesick, or to see though a child's eyes the wonder in a leaf, a stone, a door; to cry "Oh, lost!" over a memory, you will find much to cherish in this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An in depth look into American life and a young man's heart, 21. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
Wolfe is definitely a master of prose and words, at times hisdescriptions and observations of life are captivating and inspiring.However, the book did move very slowly at times, as his level of detail and character development was almost unparalled compared to others authors I have read. This was good and bad, at times it was really boring, no matter how intellectual I wanted to be, and it was difficult to keep going, however you really do get a sense of the characters. For a true look at small town American life at this point in history, there is no equivalent that I have come across. The last half of the book is especially poignant, and the most interesting development of the book for me was to witness Gene's transformation from child to a wanderlust stricken youth. There are no happy endings here, there are no unbelievable revelations, only a family and its tumultuous journey through this strange travel that we call life. You will either love this book, or you will hate it, but if you have the patience to persevere through Wolfe's long-winded prose, it is well worth the time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More Than Just a Quaint Story of a Young Southerer's Youth, 21. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
Coming upon some of the reviews written herein, one is startled to hear repeated cliches in lieu of actual opinions. The most refreshing review; that is to say, the least sycophantic; is unfortunately the one furnished by a member of a women's book club whose latterday "sewing circle" found the novel tedious. (And so it should seem to proper citizens, one might hazard to comment. Poetry always has seemed foreign to good, clean simple folk. ("Stick to Oprah's book club, ladies. You cannot fail to be out of your depth in picking up the work of an artist like Thomas Wolfe!")) Forgive the brazen honesty, but it's true: the writing of this profoundly gifted man, like all great art, is not for everybody. It's for the discerning few. Its appeal is not that of McDonald's or MTV. That is, it does not pretend to a mass market. It is, rather, personal--deeply, touchingly . . . hauntingly. "Look Homeward, Angel" is a novel for poets and dreamers; a book for lovers of beauty and worshipers of the creative image; a manifesto of the morally subversive and socially irresponsible. Alas, it is Art.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An extraordinary journey, 24. Februar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
This novel, his first, captures perhaps more than any other debut the fantastic potential this young man would show in his later writings. There is an old maxim that states that one should write what he or she knows, and Thomas Wolfe did just that. Other writers, with less than sincere motives, portray their surroundings with cynicism and malice; Wolfe wrote with an idealism that is heartbreaking in its naivete.
Eugene Gant, like his real life counterpart, is a young man overflowing with a passion for life. Wolfe captured perfectly the ebullient and sensitive nature of this youth. But more than that, he somehow managed to portray Youth itself, with all of its passions, heartaches, and fever.
Wolfe was no less generous with his portrayals of the characters who made up his family and acquaintances, describing them through the eyes of one who has yet to venture into the world. These portrayals, while not always flattering, are nonetheless sincere and honest.
Much has been said about Wolfe's style, his tendency for verbosity. Many feel that his writing might have benefitted from more careful editing. But to limit Wolfe's prose is to limit the man, to cut him off at the knees. As Wolfe was acutely sensitive to every sensation that he encountered, so did his style reflect his unique experience of the world. His writing overflows with imagery, and he gives the reader the gift of experiencing life as he felt it.
This novel lacks the fine-tuning and subtlety of his later work. The words rush recklessly, in a torrent of images and experiences, much like adolescence itself. In his story one can find, or recapture, what it means to be young and idealistic. Most of all, Thomas Wolfe left us a masterpiece that shows what it is like to be young and to feel as if the entire universe was created for each of us, alone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The loneliest book you'll ever read., 10. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
I agree that this is that Great American Novel everyone keeps talking about. It has its flaws, but then, well, so does America. Overshadowing any shortcomings, however, is the depth of feeling evoked by the author. The Gant brothers' interactions with each other form some of the most touching relationships in all of literature. There's a loneliness here that will make many readers cry for its quiet beauty. Some day, when literary critics are scholars again and not charlatans, this book will receive the credit it's due. Meanwhile, you should be one of those who read it while it is still relatively overlooked. It's primary flaw is the length--it could have used more editing--but that is such a minor complaint when compared with all the warmth and intelligence the book conveys.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like a river, 18. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
Yes, he did write while standing next to his refrigerator using its top as a writing surface. Writing for Wolfe was so necessary and exciting that it could not be done sitting down. Words would rush from his mind like a river and it was all he could do to keep up. This is the impression that you must get from reading Wolfe. With the flow of word after word after word, in prose described as rich and ornate, Wolfe will be appreciated by anyone who loves language and knows that words are, in essence, vessels of meaning. How appropriate then, that he chose as titles of his books "Of Time and the River" "Look Homeward Angel" and, "You Can Never Go Home Again." Read Wolfe and you, too, may be carried away, perhaps never to return.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "New Magic in a Dusty World...", 4. September 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
Forget your preconceived notions of Wolfe's legendary verbosity. Ignore the length of the novel itself. Just open the covers of this most exquisite autobiography, for that is exactly what it is: a wondrous, painful, star-filled true life story of a boy growing up in Asheville, NC at the turn of the century. From the first few words, you are transported, entranced, rivetted to the pages. Never was a town, a family, a coming-of-age so tenderly and ruthlessly recreated and revealed. If there is finer writing than the death of his brother Ben, I have never found it. The Great American Novel? To be sure, and, much more than that, a plain, old-fashioned, good, long read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good descriptive work, 29. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Look Homeward, Angel (Taschenbuch)
Before I read this, I was hopeful about Wolfe's writing. I had never read him before and had heard complimentary reviews of his work. I was hoping to find a Modern American writer that has been neglected because of the dominance of Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, et al. Wolfe excels in description and that is what much of the novel is, description of his family and his hometown. A thinly veiled autobiography, the novel is a bildungsroman set in his hometown, Asheville, NC. Many times, the description is wonderful and uplifting, but at other times, annoying. Wolfe has a tendency to overwrite. No one wishes this book any longer.
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