Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth

Of Time and the River A Legend of Man s Hunger in His Youth The sequel to Thomas Wolfe s remarkable first novel Look Homeward Angel Of Time and the River is one of the great classics of American literature The book chronicles the maturing of Wolfe s autobio

The sequel to Thomas Wolfe s remarkable first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River is one of the great classics of American literature The book chronicles the maturing of Wolfe s autobiographical character, Eugene Gant, in his desperate search for fulfillment, making his way from small town North Carolina to the wider world of Harvard University, New York CiThe sequel to Thomas Wolfe s remarkable first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River is one of the great classics of American literature The book chronicles the maturing of Wolfe s autobiographical character, Eugene Gant, in his desperate search for fulfillment, making his way from small town North Carolina to the wider world of Harvard University, New York City, and Europe In a massive, ambitious, and boldly passionate novel, Wolfe examines the passing of time and the nature of the creative process, as Gant slowly but ecstatically embraces the urban life, recognizing it as a necessary ordeal for the birth of his creative genius as a writer The work of an exceptionally expressive writer of fertile imagination and startling emotional intensity, Of Time and the River illuminates universal truths about art and life, city and country, past and present It is a novel that is majestic and enduring As P M Jack observed in The New York Times, It is a triumphant demonstration that Thomas Wolfe has the stamina to produce a magnificent epic of American life This edition, published in celebration of Wolfe s centennial anniversary, contains a new introduction by Pat Conroy.

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Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth

  1. Thomas Clayton Wolfe October 3, 1900 September 15, 1938 was an American novelist of the early twentieth century.Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing His books, written and published from the 1920s to the 1940s, vividly reflect on American culture and the s of that period, albeit filtered through Wolfe s sensitive, sophisticated and hyper analytical perspective He became widely known during his own lifetime.Wolfe inspired the works of many other authors, including Betty Smith with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, and Prince of Tides author Pat Conroy, who has said, My writing career began the instant I finished Look Homeward, Angel Jack Kerouac idolized Wolfe Ray Bradbury was influenced by Wolfe, and included him as a character in his books from

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  1. Of Time and the River picks up almost at the exact spot where Look Homeward, Angel ended And much like its predecessor, this novel follows Eugene Gant with all the same passion and endless examination of the overbearing intensity of life in one s youth However, unlike Look Homeward, Angel, this book is constantly moving It is an endless search for a what and where that can only be known once it has been reached Where Look Homeward, Angel delved deep into the unbearable idleness of youth, small t [...]

  2. A book on a monumental scale Nearly a thousand pages long It is the sequel to Wolfe s first novel, Look Homeward, Angel It chronicles the main character of that novel as he moves from small town North Carolina in the early nineteen hundreds to Harvard, then New York and Europe It is intensely emotional, very passionate, and, oh so descriptive of characters, places, emotions It s a book that blows your socks off Not for the faint hearted I absolutely love it.

  3. Las opiniones sobre Thomas Wolfe se movieron desde sus inicios entre aquellos que, como Faulkner, pensaban que era uno de los m s grandes novelistas norteamericanos y los que, sin negarle el genio como escritor, destacaban por encima de todo su desmesura, sus excesos l ricos, su incapacidad para dotar de forma y estructura a sus novelas.Tras leer esta, me sit o claramente en el segundo grupo Como por las ventanas de ese tren en marcha gran imagen que pierde su potencia a fuerza de repetici n , l [...]

  4. Wolfe is now one of my favorite authors I visited Asheville last October, learned about Wolfe, bought Look Homeward Angel in the Visitor s Center, read that, and now finished Of Time and the River I am looking forward to reading Wolfe and have even thought about going back to Asheville I think I would see Asheville differently now, after having read 1500 pages of Wolfe.

  5. This is my favorite book and favorite author Recommend this to anybody at any age, but will probably have Impact on college students as it did me back when most of my life was in front of me and not behind me.

  6. A powerful magnificent, slow read of a book A fictionalized auotbiography, as the author goes to Harvard, teaches, and travels to England and France The writing is simply amazing When he describes the contents of a refrigerator, I become hungry Of friends he treats poorly, I become ashamed Almost every paragraph has a noteworthy, profound or lyric passage Truly a remarkable work.

  7. This is a book that every young man or person should read I read this freshman year of college An absolute masterpiece An inspiration to Kerouac as well as anyone else who has ever read Wolfe.

  8. Uneven and lyrical, Of Time and the River could be described as an elegy Wolfe s largely autobiographical prose unconsciously or consciously focuses on the dead Eugene s father, brothers, friends, ancestors One lies in Oregon, and one, by a broken wheel and horse s skull, still grips a gunstock on the Western trail Another one has helped to make Virginia richer One died at Chancellorsville in the Union blue 8568 The list continues with the rhythm of the Chronicles of the Old Testament Even a cha [...]

  9. A sequel to Wolfe s most famous novel Look Homeward, Angel This is a looong book, just over a 1000 pages and after reaching the predictable ending i was asking myself, did this really need to be written It really serves no purpose it s not that entertaining, doesn t really have a strong or rememberable story or characters and doesn t seem to say anything, it s pretty directionless in just about everything It s a known fact that Wolfe wrote a hell of a lot and needed a good editor editors, he s p [...]

  10. Not much to really say about the book here Much of what I got out of this is in my mind, inarticulate, felt Which sounds terrible So, for starters, the book is the most empathetic, humanistic, sensitive, fallible, poetic, rampant prose I have ever read There is human yearning and stern passion wretched out in that book, human confusion and exultancy in there than anything I have read This book goes far beyond Hamsun s Hunger and Mysteries I didn t get the sense that he really articulated what [...]

  11. This novel picks up where Look Homeward, Angel leaves off Wolfe s writing here is just as rich and detailed as any of his other novels It also has one of the most moving death scenes in all of American literature, the death of William Oliver Gant, the father of the novel s protagonist, Eugene Gant.

  12. Wow.I feel like I just ate a 10 course French mealis book had some beautiful imagery and poetic descriptions.a huge and lovely journey

  13. An under appreciated American genius Not for everyone, but sit down, buckle your seatbelt, and ride the white water rapids of Wolfe s torrential prose.

  14. I have read, and re read this book several times Although not quite as good as Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River is still a mesmerizing, life changing read I still think the death scene of Mr Gant in Chapter 33 is one of the most powerful scenes in all of 20th century literature Book IV Proteus The City is among my favorite passages in all of literature I have read this book several times and likely will again Highly recommended.

  15. I don t usually get personal with these reviews, but I must say that this book will always be entwined in a strange and beautiful way with my mother s death I was reading it during her last sickness, and I even remember that one of the lyrical sections, the part that Kerouac liked so much about great boats blowing in the gulf of night , is the last thing I read aloud to her Wolfe may have fallen out of fashion but I really think that the beautiful enthusiasm, the sheer lyrical wonder of this boo [...]

  16. This is a long book and made even longer by Wolfe s exceedingly lengthy sentences Even then, he took me on a journey, along with him, and never once allowed me put down the book, bogged down by like a gazillion metaphors That s how great the prose is increasingly vivid and never bereft of details Such overwhelming and curious attention to the scenes gives the reader an omniscient view of all the happenings In terms of a plot , for the want of a better word, the happenings described are pretty mu [...]

  17. This sequel to Look Homeward, Angel is set in the 1920s and covers the death of Eugene Gant s father, his departure from home to teach in New York and his time travelling in England and France It s very long and Wolfe can be quite repetitive at times although this is clearly for poetic effect rather than contempt for the reader but it remains an almost uniquely intense experience thanks to the author s brutal honesty, which spares no one, least of all himself Gant is clearly a self portrait And [...]

  18. I bought this copy that I m reading from a used bookseller online since it is out of print So far, the book has held two surprises for me Its old and falling apart for 27 Its a 1st edition, 6th printing, from 1935, pages are yellowed and the binding is falling off as I read it but I was surprised to find that Wolfe had wrote a dedication and signed it in 1935.Last weekend I was in Boston for the first time and as I read, Eugene Gant, wolfes character was too We were visiting a few of the same sp [...]

  19. For some readers this book may seem daunting, but it is well worth the read Thomas Wolfe does not disappoint as he continues his excellent lyrical style as we follow the travels and travails of young Eugene Gant Wolfe is really a literary painter as his words are evocative of a bygone era, a sense of nostalgia that is embedded in each of us Not many authors can produce the imagery that he does I loved his literary landscapes His images of the moonlight, trains and October are majestic I also lov [...]

  20. Incredibly well written novel Wolfe seems to have fallen out of favor in recent years, perhaps due to the length of his novels, perhaps due to the sometimes over dramatic or larger than life feel of his prose Wolfe undoubtedly had a way with words and I can t believe he won t at some point find his way back into favor with readers Stylistically he is the anti Hemingway, but it s hard to say he isn t up there with the best of American writers.

  21. On a scale of 1 5, I would give this a 7 It is the quintessential book about man s youth in America The pace is slow, but the journey is deep and profound Wolfe is one of the most underestimated American authors His prose was the most poetic of the 20th century I live inside of his details and descriptions Daniel J Rice, author of THIS SIDE OF A WILDERNESS, and THE UNPEOPLED SEASON

  22. he is the greatest american writer and yet he can t tell a story he seems to go on and on with no plan a young man goes to harvard, to england, to paris and parties much of the time there he thinks of everything on earth and tries to describe everything as well i respect him immensely but reading his books wear me out he is almost as bad as joyce but no one could be that bad,good.lol

  23. Once you realize this isn t a book you are able to breeze through, it s very enjoyable It s a story to be read as of a literary masterpiece than pure entertainment I read this while I was the same age as Eugene, the main character, and connected with it on a lot of levels.

  24. I liked the beautiful and lyrical writing Didn t like the storyline or the mostly two dimensional characters The book is simply too long

  25. The Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid once said that his job was to erupt like a volcano emitting not only flame, but a lot of rubbish It might have been Thomas Wolfe s epitaph.

  26. Un brindis en memoria del Se os Wolfe Of wandering for ever Tras estas palabras, y a trav s del flujo del tiempo, el Se or Wolfe levanta lo que seguramente no es su primer vaso de whisky, en rgicamente diciendo And the earth again Salud.

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