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Old 06-19-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Wolfe, Thomas: Of Time and The River. v1. 19 June 07

A big, brawling, fat American novel that celebrates small towns, imagination, country, and relationships.

I first encountered this at the right age, while in my mid-twenties. Now that I have a Reader – and have linked everything and made it “presentable” on our devices - I’m tempted to go back and re-read it for the sheer love of language that Wolfe exhibits.

This is a great, but flawed novel. I can highly recommend it. If you’ve read Wolfe, then you know what I’m talking about. (This is a sequel to his first novel, one that I’ll be working on shortly.)

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“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 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.’”

Wolfe’s prose is exuberant and full of life. I loved his works when I was younger. Yes, this is a great novel.

I hope you like it.

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P.S.: I tried to do the linking and TOC in a way that makes sense. This is a huge novel. One can choose to go to the individual BOOKS or to the CHAPTERS – although I decided not to link to the Books while one is in the chapters section. This is a compromise with “our” BD program, I feel. Until we get a working TABLE, so that we can fill ONE WHOLE SCREEN WITH NOTHING BUT CHAPTERS, SUCH AS THIS TITLE - SO THAT THE USER CAN NAVIGATE UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT – until we have that correctly implemented in BD, then WE WILL HAVE ENDLESS SCREENS OF CHAPTERS WHEN THERE ARE A LOT OF CHAPTERS TO DEAL WITH. Hence, my work-around and logic for separating the Books and Chapters.

Your philosophy may differ, of course.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:42 PM   #2
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Many thanks for this. I also read Wolfe at about the same age and loved him, especially "Look Homeward Angel." Read all his books, which was no easy task! Well worth reading again all these years later.

I'm surprised his books are out of copyright already. Any others available? Where did you find this?

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Many thanks for this. I also read Wolfe at about the same age and loved him, especially "Look Homeward Angel." Read all his books, which was no easy task! Well worth reading again all these years later.

I'm surprised his books are out of copyright already. Any others available? Where did you find this?

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I'll be working on "You Can't Go Home Again" perhaps later tonight.

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I'll be working on "You Can't Go Home Again" perhaps later tonight.

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"Of Time and the River" is very good IMHO; but, "You Can't Go Home Again" is truly great. I look forward to your version of it with baited breath (whatever that really means.)
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I look forward to your version of it with baited breath (whatever that really means.)
It means you eat cheese, then try to catch a mouse.

Try "bated breath."
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