Marjorie Morningstar

Marjorie Morningstar A starry eyed young beauty Marjorie Morgenstern is nineteen years old when she leaves New York to accept the job of her dreams working in a summer stock company for Noel Airman its talented and inte

A starry eyed young beauty, Marjorie Morgenstern is nineteen years old when she leaves New York to accept the job of her dreams working in a summer stock company for Noel Airman, its talented and intensely charismatic director Released from the social constraints of her traditional Jewish family, and thrown into the glorious, colorful world of theater, Marjorie finds hersA starry eyed young beauty, Marjorie Morgenstern is nineteen years old when she leaves New York to accept the job of her dreams working in a summer stock company for Noel Airman, its talented and intensely charismatic director Released from the social constraints of her traditional Jewish family, and thrown into the glorious, colorful world of theater, Marjorie finds herself entangled in a powerful affair with the man destined to become the greatest and the most destructive love of her life.Rich with humor and poignancy, Marjorie Morningstar is a classic love story, one that spans two continents and two decades in the life of its heroine This unforgettable paean to youthful love and the bittersweet sorrow of a first heartbreak endures as one of Herman Wouk s most beloved creations.

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  1. Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s.Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948.While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.Wouk is still alive as of March 2014 and living in California.

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  1. I clearly remember the summer I turned thirteen My mom, knowing what an avid reader I was, brought home thrift store copies of the books Gone with the Wind and Marjorie Morningstar hoping I d make a dent in them during the summer I got through four chapters of each book and gave up I m so glad I did I ended up finishing Gone with the Wind a few years ago, and was so awed by the in depth research and history that went into the novel.Now after finishing Marjorie Morningstar, I am equally amazed at [...]

  2. This book grabbed me at the first paragraph The synopsis above makes it sound so bland It isn t Herman Wouk is a skillful and talented author His use of just the right word and inventive metaphors made this volume a joy to read The characters were well fleshed out and fit the setting of the novel perfectly The plot had enough rises and falls to keep the reader s interest throughout the over 500 pages But best of all I liked this book for its glimpse into a culture and a world that existed not so [...]

  3. Wow This was one of my favorite books I just noticed a GR s friend marked to read it.I d enjoy reading it again myself HINT to our local book club if anyone is reading this This would be a great pick for a classic pick month.

  4. An excellent detailed story What is most memorable to me is I believe the book is autobiographical Wouk is Wally He had a lifelong crush on a girl who was always interested in someone else, who finally learned to give up on the impossible someone else and found another someone else.What impresses me is Wouk s humility He decided to write this story about his youthful crush, and has the insight to imagine her life as it was for her where he was only a minor character Wally the minor character who [...]

  5. Marjorie Morningstar took me through sleepless nights for an entire week At first I couldn t get a grip on the book, apart from finding it interesting But for some or other reason I just continued reading it to try and find the final message to me in it It kept pulling me back for some nothingness Reading the last sentence I sat speechless and totally lost for words One half of my mind proclaim it a brilliant book but the other half said it was boring especially when the author himself at one p [...]

  6. I listened to the Audible version of this book and that was the only reason I finished it I choose this book because I loved Winds of War and War and Rememberance but Marjorie Morningstar was just unpleasant If the relationship between Marjorie and Noel is love, I am happy to say I ve never been in love, and don t want to be Although there was some redemption in the end, I found it put me in a bad mood while listening None of the main characters were likable, and Marjorie a sap, and Noel a manic [...]

  7. I re read my 1950 s copy with Natalie Wood on the cover for years, until it fell apart I was actually prompted to read this by a Mad magazine spoof, Marjorie Morningkitten I think it was Mad I love this book, with its vivid descriptions of Marjorie s wardrobe and aspirations, though I do find Wouk s portrayal of a female non virgin heinously offensive now Never would he look at her the same way again What a load of hypocrisy Lost her cherry and is now damaged goods This isn t my number one chick [...]

  8. I remember one summer day when I was a young teen, a movie by this name came on afternoon TV My mother, passing through the family room, hurriedly turned it off and forbade me to watch it In her eyes, it was too advanced in concept translation sex for a girl my age She didn t know, of course, that I was reading Lady Chatterley s Lover or Tropic of Cancer at babysitting jobs In the long view, none of these books did much to prepare me for womanhood, but at 13, I was just trying to learn about sex [...]

  9. I requested this because everyone, but me seemed to have read it Then I got the almost 600 page monstrosity and there on the shelf it sat for a while I felt like I was reading for years and years actually I was the book starts when the character is 17 and ends when she is 23ish if I recall correctly plus it was hardbound so my wrists hurt I guess I liked the story, but it was long and part of the length was due to a particularly wordy character who I couldn t stand, namely because he didn t shut [...]

  10. One of the major influences on my own writing, and probably the one book that convinced me to give fiction writing a fair shot alongside technology and business books Wouk expertly captures the essence of the period about which he writes One can read the story today, or any time since about the late 1960s or early 1970s, and the purity factor would seem dated and probably even insulting to most women However, if taken in the context of the time period in which the story is set 15 20 years before [...]

  11. I liked it less and less as it went along I felt compelled to finish it but wished I d never gotten sucked in It was just really irritating to watch Marjorie be pathetic and weak over and over and honestly I get so tired of novels where everyone is small and miserable.

  12. OK I ve finally finished it This is my second reading first time, I read it aged around 16 or 17 and from what i ve been able to find on the Net, most female readers reactions change quite drastically if they read the book a second time when they re older and married, perhaps also a mother.Well, I m 20 years older, married, a mother But I see the book pretty much the same way I did then, the first time, which makes me wonder if a I haven t changed that much or b I was unusually astute teenager M [...]

  13. This could easily be 5 stars Marjorie Morgenstern struggles for her desire for a career and her family s and culture s desire for her marriage First published in 1955, it is reflective of New York Jewish society of the 1930s That a man of that era would so readily portray how a woman could want something different is, I think, somewhat remarkable The Women s Movement was yet unborn, to my knowledge, but certainly Wouk was aware of what has always been those women who wished for something .In add [...]

  14. I tried hard, but I just can t stick it with this one I guess I just can t read Wouk I ve tried a couple of his others He knows how to write, but he s too long winded for me If you re going to like Marjorie Morningstar, you have to be familiar with or at least care about all the 1930s class distinctions in Manhattan and NYC in general The characters obsess endlessly about who lives east or west of certain streets or landmarks, and what it means about their social standing Bleh.

  15. Thank you god, I finally came to the end of this 600 page beast I loved the 1950 s feel of the novel, with many of the scenes so true to life, and Who can ever forget Neville the Devil biting the judge at the Seder I didn t love any of the major characters, and couldn t wait for the misery to end.

  16. I was very surprised at this book For one thing, Herman Wouk writing something like this, given his usual genre The second was that I thought it might be a piece of fluff, a young girl wanting to be an actress, writing her stage name over and over in different penmanship BUT was not a light novel in the least I m not sure if my perspective on it isn t due to my advanced age Although I m happily married, I ve always suspected that, for the older women at any wedding, their tears flow less from ha [...]

  17. Herman Wouk captures the period 1930 s to 1940 s quite well It is a well written, if overly long, story of a dreamy, gorgeous young, Jewish girl whose parents want the best for her wehich may mean marrying a doctor and living in the suburbs Marjorie is pursuing her dream of becoming an actress and meets the quintessential Peter Pan himself Noel Airman, ne er do well son of an important Judge Ehrman Every man who meets Margie falls in love with her, but Margie is set on Airman how the love affair [...]

  18. This is like the 1930s version of Reality Bites good girl dabbles in a bohemian lifestyle, and finds herself torn between the artistic jackass she loves and the nice Jewish boys that bore her While I was repeatedly stunned by how much Wouk gets it right, even for a book set in the 1930s sexual politics between men and women, class politics in a melting pot nation, backstage politics of the theater , I was frustrated by the lack of a clear story arc There are definitely parts of the novel that dr [...]

  19. Argh I really enjoyed the settings Manhattan between the wars, summer camp for adults like Moss Hart in Act One , crossing to France in an ocean liner, all the cocktails and hats and dancing In terms of its attitude about women, though, the period feel is much less charming I m usually okay with the dated tone of mid century books but somehow the dismissive misogyny of this one really bugged Maybe because it s written by a man from a woman s perspective Maybe because it s too long It s discourag [...]

  20. This book threatened to destroy me and all the other Shirley s out there It was like reading about your own weaknesses, the poor choices you ve made in life, the regrets, the lost loves, the could have been s, and the stark reality of who you ve become and what your life really turned out to be Not that it all turned out negative It is just shocking to read something so true and feel so exposed just by reading a book Wouk is an exceptional creator of deep and true characters, however, sometimes [...]

  21. Read this over one weekend when I was about 12 or 13 I wanted to be Marjorie Morningstar Nough Said I need to re read this at age 50 I m smiling just thinking about how much I loved and how I devoured this book Perfect coming of age drama for a tween growing up on New York s Upper West Side Wonder what my end of 9th grade daughter would thnk about this bookHmmWe ll see

  22. Hard to rate When it worked, it made me want to read but it didn t always work For one thing, it was too long It was repetitive, and one sweet fat Jewish boy kept merging into the next, leaving me wondering why one would not have sufficed Ditto many other characters If you want to know the lifestyle of a person of this class in 1935, it s interesting, but the s here are so removed from our own, it s a little like reading science fiction about life on another planet There s really no plot It s l [...]

  23. I really loved this charming novel There were some stale sections honestly, I think there are stale sections in all of Wouk s novels But taken as a whole it was really lovely Marjorie Morningstar is like every young girl starry eyed, searching for significance Of course, times have changed and things are different but, really, haven t we all been charmed by a man who isn t right for us Blinded to who he really is because of our infatuation I know I was.In the end, Wally Wronken is somewhat disap [...]

  24. I loved this book I love everything I have ever read by Herman Wouk, but I read this book so many years ago, I m afraid I can t write a substantive review I can only say I know it was a fabulous book and recommend this and every other book this author has written to you unequivocally I would like to add that I found this book in my home when I was still practically a child it s what got me hooked on this author I read it and could not put it down while I was reading it I think it s a true classi [...]

  25. Wonderful writing so detailed So far, a joy to read I gave it the four star rating for the writing The story however is probably a three and a half star rating Maybe because it s such an old story, young idealistic girl falls for a cad with a capital C and maybe because you get a little tired of the characters falling into the same situations over and over again However, it is worth reading especially for the feeling you get for the 1930 s era and the New York milieu.

  26. hard read but provided an interesting outlook on how life may not turn out like you always planned Terribly unsatisfying and the ending made me very sad and disappointed Wouldn t read this again, but overall I finally did after this book sat on my shelf for 6 years unread 3 5

  27. I haven t thought about this book since I was in my teens, and then someone mentioned it in conversation recently I may have to read it again This was a good story and I didn t realize that it was written by Wouk until I entered this on.

  28. Wow, this was a biggie I challenged myself in 2018 to read a bestselling novel from the year I was born, and chose this one It was 757 pages of small print, but a very good read I found myself truly disliking at least one of the characters and by the time this thing was wrapping up, I was feeling pretty anxious for it all to be done I think the author could have cut about 100 pages out of this one and been fine Still, it was a good read and I m glad I accomplished it Set in the mid 1930 s in New [...]

  29. This huge, hulking book that I ve wanted to read since high school tells the story of bright young thing, Marjorie as she comes of age in the 1930s I loved her at first, and the glimpse into life of an ambitious New Yorker trying to make it big but not quite getting there Then she meets the guy that influences her, changes her, frustrates her and turns her into a girl who questions and second guesses herself The book ends unceremoniously the conclusion does her a huge disservice and made me wond [...]

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