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Let Me Finish Hardcover – May 8, 2006
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Although many may find all of the chapters interesting merely as records of a life lived, there are a few sections that stand out above the rest. In "Romance," Angell beautifully illustrates America's love affair with the open road by recounting various car trips taken during his childhood. He perfectly captures the quiet freedom unleashed when behind the wheel or in the back of a moving vehicle and pinpoints one of those quintessential moments when all seems right in the world and full of promise: "There were many reasons for my feeling so happy. We were on our way. I had seen a dawn...Ahead, a girl waited who, if I asked, would marry me, but first there was a long trip; many hours and towns interceded between me and that encounter."
Like many kids who grew up during the Prohibition era and the Depression, Angell was utterly bewitched with the burgeoning world of cinema. There was nothing quite like skipping school to sit in the delicious darkness of a movie theater, and every chance he got, he would treat himself to the latest double feature.Read more ›
There is an essay about traveling America by automobile in 1920's and 30's. His mother's (Katherine Sargent, who was a New Yorker magazine editor) divorce from Roger's father, and her subsequent marriage to E. B. ("Andy") White, author of STUART LITTLE and CHARLOTTE'S WEB, is also detailed. There are (to relate a few) essays on skipping school to go to the movies, a trip by bus with a pal and a sick snake to the zoo's reptile attendent for treatment (for the snake), and a memorable round of golf with an "older woman". Sounds dull and boring perhaps, but Angell's marvelous gift for using words makes for pleasurable reading.
The final essay, "Hard Lines", is about the loss of loved ones, and might bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat.
An excellent book. One well worth your time.
Angell is best known as a baseball writer and there's some baseball here, but there's a lot more. As he says, he didn't intend to write a biography, he just wrote a few stories about things in his past. Later on he looked at them and here was a book.
It's delightful reading. Not too serious, and he's not going to tell you 'I was born...' Born to well off, if not rich parents, he sums up his life: 'I've had a life sheltered by privilege, and engrossing work, and shot through with good luck.' That almost sums up the book as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Roger Angell is a wonderful writer and, seemingly, a wonderful person as well.Published 4 months ago by Alice K.
Super book by one the New Yorker's greatest writers on baseball. It came almost instantaneously like a trick arranged by Einstein! Thanks for excellent service!
Great narratives. I found the vocabulary for the sailing chapter unfamiliar as he said it would be for non sailors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Connie plank
Great writer and delightful stories. Great to read of this era in America.Published 11 months ago by Sherry Marders
Angell is still writing for the NYer on occasion. His pieces are just little gems to savor - I love his stuff.Published 17 months ago by Relaxed
Memoirs and memory of a long time member of the New Yorker "family". If you are a NYer reader, this is a must. Read morePublished 18 months ago by e s r