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Look Homeward Angel a Story of the Buried Life Gebundene Ausgabe – 1952
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You can like this work or simply refuse it because of its epic breadth, its seemingly endless descriptions of nature and because of its huge dimensions .
The literary friend must have read it in any case, at least tentatively .
The writer of these lines (German)has read the book with great pleasure in one go. It is worth to try to read the original American version. With the Kindle it is,among the numerous dictionaries , which can be inexpensive bought in different versions , no problem. One touch on the unknown or unusual word is sufficient . Even everyday slang is understandable. In addition for German readers the brand new very successful German translation of Irma Wehrli (2009 ) can be read in parallel , especially if sprawling descriptions are simply not understandable for a non-native-speaker.
The novel describes the lives of two generations of a family ( Pennsylvania Dutch, with German roots ) in Asheville / North Carolina, in the crisp coolness of the Appalachians. There further always exists the strong longing to the warm, in summer unbearably hot and humid south.
There is the father , a powerful and even violent, often drunken stonemason, and there are his youngest son Eugene, highly sensitive and the mother , enterprising and industrious. She prepares the modest prosperity, the financial basis on which the family lives.
Eloquently, sometimes unbearable lengthy, but highly pictorial are the descriptions of the nature, the surroundings they are living in and too of the large family.
The reader will soon feel involved in this family with this huge , peace , security, safety and durability giving father, even if binge drinking and wild riots are attended reguarly .Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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.
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Of all the supposed American "classics" I've read, this is the dullest of the lot, and, given the overtly racist observations, a poor suggestion for young readers. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
I feel sorry for anyone who can't find echoes of their own youth in Wolfe's undeniably Romantic writing. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Februar 2000 von Mark Shanks
This is a book about Wolfe's boring southern life. It's cliche to the extreme: "romantic" young man goes to university, laments the fact that he is so much more... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2000 von scott gates
Wolfe is definitely a master of prose and words, at times hisdescriptions and observations of life are captivating and inspiring. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. November 1999 veröffentlicht
the most human characters i've ever known an author to create. every last detail is here, and it's painful and slow and heavy. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 18. September 1999 veröffentlicht
As an English lit major, I readily recognized the literary genius of Thomas Wolfe. Words seem to flow as easily from him as numbers would flow from Einstein; but more than that, I... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 11. September 1999 von Patricia J. Blackwell
Coming upon some of the reviews written herein, one is startled to hear repeated cliches in lieu of actual opinions. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. August 1999 veröffentlicht
I am writing this review to protect others who might mistakenly pick this book as I recently did for my book club. It was well reviewed, a classic and highly recommended. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 13. August 1999 veröffentlicht
This novel, his first, captures perhaps more than any other debut the fantastic potential this young man would show in his later writings. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 1999 von Finhill@ix.netcom.com